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Student Life

Campus Traditions and Signature Events

From leadership and extracurricular opportunities, to award ceremonies and celebrations, to ways to meet fellow Setters with shared interests, our annual signature events are among the experiences students find to be the most memorable. Learn about some of Pace's most beloved traditions, and how you can get involved.

  • Honors our top performing residential students on campus who achieve a 3.85 or higher cumulative GPA. Students are contacted each spring if they are eligible.

  • To open our campus to our first year students, Alumni Hall hosts a large welcome event during the first day of first year move in. All the Alumni Hall resident assistants participate in organizing a large social for new residential students to mix and mingle and get to know their community

  • An annual campus community award ceremony celebrating the outstanding accomplishments and contributions to student life by our student leaders and student organizations.

  • This semesterly fair gives clubs and student-run organizations the opportunity to represent themselves and their initiatives to the members of the Pace Community and is where new students can find more information on how to get involved on campus. Come out to meet all of the clubs and organizations on campus at once at the activities fair. We are confident you will find an organization that you will want to join.

  • All seven First-Year Interest Groups (FIGs) in Alumni Hall kick-off the academic year to welcome first year students on campus and provide a space and opportunity to connect with each other and our staff. FIGs include such interest areas Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities (CEO), Extreme Sports and Pace Nation (ESPN), Pop and Media Culture, Body and Mind, Nursing and others.

  • The big finale to Homecoming Sprit Week and a great way to get hyped up for the big Homecoming Football game, featuring performances our outstanding student performance groups, along with a DJ, photobooth, inflatable games, and loads of food trucks.

  • Sponsored by Career Services, there are several opportunities throughout the year to meet multiple employers and find the opportunity you are looking for.

  • As the semester closes, we offer a free late-night breakfast to celebrate the end of the semester and to meet those study session-induced food cravings.

  • The Spring Leadership Excursion is a cross-campus experience for undergraduate students. Students from both the Pleasantville and New York City campus have the opportunity to travel to Washington DC and learn about civic leadership, civic engagement, and what it means to be a civically responsible person. This trip is free to students and there is an application process.

  • A fan favorite event during Family Weekend in NYC, hosted by one of our favorite Drag Queens. Pace’s incredible students put their talents on display in front of a usually packed house in the NYC Student Center.

  • Throngs of students, faculty, and staff to head into the local community to lend a helping hand through acts of service and service projects. Traditionally taking place on the fourth Saturday in October, this day is a great opportunity for the Pace Community to learn how to become a part of the solution.

  • An annual event that promotes LGBTQIA+ inclusion in sports that began in 2016, following the tragedy at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida, to make a bold and positive statement to address hate and show that Pace is a welcoming and supportive institution.

  • Celebrate the end of the semester and unwind before finals with this vibrant annual event full of rides, food trucks, games, music, and more to enjoy.

  • Every Spring semester, the Student Government Association (SGA) coordinates and hosts one of the most exciting events of the year with a top-notch line up of professional musical performers exclusive only to our Pace students.

  • Sponsored by Education Abroad, this is your change to learn about some of the programs that exist and how to start the process to study abroad while at Pace.

  • A semesterly program in which the Pace Community donates gently used clothing; students have the opportunity to shop these items for free to expand their wardrobe.

  • Alpha Alpha Alpha (or Tri-Alpha) is a national honors society for First Generation students that supports and recognizes their academic achievements. The organization offers members a certificate and pin, which symbolize their lifelong commitment to high scholarship.

  • One of Pace’s premier leadership experiences hosted on the Pleasantville Campus, but open to all students. This student-run conference fosters leadership development for undergraduate and graduate students in multidisciplinary aspects of campus life. The Women’s Leadership Conference will have something to offer students at every level of leadership.

Week-Long Celebrations

  • Our commuter students make up about half of our campus population. They are a major part of the Pace culture, and while we always appreciate them, we celebrate them for an entire week during Commuter Appreciation week! This is a week full of events, giveaways, food trucks, and more!

  • Greek Week is an annual spring semester tradition that unites all Greeks to promote community pride while engaging in meaningful community service and fun team building events. Fraternities and sororities team up to compete in athletic, service, philanthropic, and educational events.

  • A week-long series of events celebrating Pace Pride. Show your Setter spirit by attending events taking place all week long to promote school spirit leading up to the big game!

  • A week of on- and off-campus programming for the seniors traditionally between the last day of classes and graduation where students can spend quality time with their classmates and create some last memories as a Pace Setter!

  • A week of learning and reflection through a wide variety of programs is designed to offer an ongoing memorial for Pace student Danroy “DJ” Henry, and to further commit Pace University to social justice and anti-racism.