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Frequently Asked Questions

General FAQ

Where do we typically go to pick up tickets?
Typically, you will be able to pick up tickets at our office on the 8th floor of 41 Park Row. If you have any questions about where to pick up tickets you can call us at 212-346-1590.

Why has no one answered my voicemail/e-mail?
The department of Student Development and Campus Activities strives to answer all of your e-mails and voicemails in a timely manner. If you have not been contacted within 24 hrs please call us again at 212-346-1590 with your inquiry and indicating you have left a voicemail.

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Orientation FAQ

I'm a transfer student. Have my credits transferred?
Unfortunately, SDACA does not have that information. All of your inquiries must be directed to Admissions (212-346-1323). Similarly, if you have questions about Financial Aid, you should call 212-346-1300. And if you have questions regarding tuition you should call the Office of Student Assistance, or OSA, at 212-346-1578.

When is my tuition payment due?/How can I pay my tuition?
Payment is due the first week of August. A bill is generated and mailed to you. You may mail in payment with the bill, come directly into OSA(Office of Student Assistance) located on the first floor of One Pace Plaza during business hours or pay online via your student portal. <--(Clicking on the this link will take you to step-by-step instructions)

I originally wanted to go to the Pleasantville campus, but now I want to go to the NYC campus. (or visa versa)
For information about transferring between Pace campus' you will need to contact Admissions (212-346-1323) for an official change of campus.

I saw a schedule on my Portal, but I have 3 English classes and 3 Science classes! I have questions about my schedule. Who should I talk to about it?
A temporary schedule is entered for all incoming freshman to hold classes. Once you attend Orientation your schedule most likely will change and will be based on your placement test scores and major. If you already attended Orientation and have questions about your schedule contact the Office of First Year Programs and speak to Michael Verdino (212-346-1219).

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Leadership Conference FAQ

The Student Leadership Conference is an opportunity for students to grow, learn, and develop as leaders. You will listen to speakers, participate in workshops, and network with professionals in fields relevant to their courses of study.

Who can attend this conference?
This conference is free and open to all students, faculty, and staff members on both the Pace New York City campus and the Pleasantville campus. Students from other schools in the NYC area may attend by paying a $20 fee.

What are the benefits of presenting at the Student Leadership Conference?
Presenting at the Conference is a great way to build your resume. It allows you to show off your creative ability, to discuss your ideas, and share your expertise with others.

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Greek Life FAQ

How do I join a fraternity?
Requirements and procedures are different for each of our organizations. In general, you should try to become involved in campus activities where you can meet members from different chapters. Let them know that you are interested in learning about the Greek community.

Why does Pace have a deferred joining system?
The Office of Greek Life staff believes first-year students need ample time to adjust to college life without the time commitment of joining Greek organizations in their first semester. It's important for first-year students to focus on academic achievement, making friends, and getting settled into college life, and then to begin making decisions about what types of student organizations they may want to join.

How will my grades be impacted by fraternity or sorority membership?
Sororities and fraternities serve as a great academic resources for students, by offering study hours and tutoring programs. Most chapters require a high GPA both for inital membership into the organization and in order to remain an active member. The minimum GPA to participate in Greek recruitment is a 2.5. However, it is important to note that the average GPA for new members traditionally exceeds 2.75, so students are encouraged to achieve the highest GPA possible in order to have the best opportunity of membership.

Will I have time for a fraternity or sorority?
Being a Greek member can be a substantial time commitment. In any given week, it is common for a member to have one chapter meeting, one new-member meeting during his or her first semester of initiation, one committee meeting, and one or two social activities. This does not include intramural sports, Greek competitions, community service activities, or recruitment events. Greek students quickly learn how to manage their busy schedule, which helps them academically and after graduation as they move into the workforce. The more time members spend with their fraternity brothers or sorority sisters at chapter activities, the more they will get out of the Greek experience.

Are there fees to join?
There is a financial commitment associated with joining a fraternity or sorority. Membership fees go toward international fees, chapter operating expenses, and help pay for social functions. New members can expect to pay higher dues their first semester (Dues range from $250-$700). Additional costs throughout the semester may be for meal plans, pictures, gifts, social events, T-shirts, etc. Within the individual chapters, there are payment plans available for students, as well as scholarships.

What is the membership process?
The membership process differs across organizations. However, Pace University has a zero-tolerance policy regarding hazing that is consistent with New York State Law. Hazing includes any activity that subjects members to harassment, ridicule, intimidations, physical exhaustion, abuse, or mental distress. Hazing is contrary to the purposes of the Greek community and the University. Hazing is not tolerated. If you become aware of students participation in inappropriate activities as a result of membership in a fraternity or sorority, contact the Office of Greek Life. All calls will be handled in a discreet manner.

What about the stereostypes associated with fraternities and soroities?
Because the Greek community at Pace University contributes to social activity on campus, it has taken great strides toward creating a responsible and and safe environment for its members. All fraternities and sororities have strict policies regulating the consumption of alcohol for underage members and guests. Organizations work closely with their respective governing council as well as the Office of Greek Life to conduct safe social activities. All Greek organizations are held accountable to the North American Interfraternity Council (NIC)/Pan-Hellenic Alcohol Policy, the Pace University Alcohol Policy, and New York State laws.

How will my student benefit from joining a sorority or a fraternity?
Sororities and fraternities are rooted in founding principles that foster academic achievement, student involvement, community service, and lifelong friendships. Greek organizations are groups of men and women who came together to form a personal network of individuals with similar ideas, interests, and a mutual pursuit of a well rounded college education. Advantages include: a support group to help make the adjustment to college easier; scholastic resources to help members achieve their academic goals; leadership training through hands on campus; and opportunities for active participation in community service projects.

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Commencement FAQ

When is Commencement?
Wednesday, May 21st, 2014. Undergrads at 10:30 am participants must get there by9:00 am. Graduates 4:00 pm inMadison Square Garden, participants must get there by2:30 pm.

I missed the date to sign up for cap & gown rentals. Can I still be apart of the commencment ceremony?
Firstly, you must show up to the SDACA office (41 Park Row, 8th Floor). There you will fill out a small form and be informed of the following:

Herff Jones (the cap and gown distributors) is going to bring extra gowns on the dates of Pace’s distribution at the C Level Gymnasium on

  • 4/22/2013 @ 12pm-7pm
  • 4/23/2013 @ 3pm-9pm

However, nothing is guaranteed. Thus, it would be in your best interest to show up to the first date date above as early as possible. In Addition, the only acceptable form of payment accepted at the two supplemental dates is cash.

Also, please note that tickets for guests may not be distributed. That is to say, a situation may arise in which you only a ticket for yourself.


I need to order my cap & gown rental
The deadline for the cap and gown rental is March 16th, 2014. No refunds will be given after April 16, 2014, and gowns

must be returned following the Commencement ceremony. The cap and gown brochureswere sent in Januarywith all the information about graduation. They are sent to whichever address you currently have listed with the OSA office. These brochures were only sent to people who completed an “application for graduation” form with OSA’s Graduation Office.

Information from the brochures and how to order your rental can be found online by going to: or go directly to to order your attire.

Why didn’t I get a brochure in the mail, my friend got one…
First ask these questions: 1-Did you file for graduation at OSA? (If NO, then tell them to do so) 2-How many credits did you have left to take after Spring 2013 ended? (If more then 12 they are not eligible). Check my list of graduates and

confirm their address (If it is wrong, tell them to change it at OSA). If they aren’t on the list call the graduation office at 11910 to find out what they need to do.

How much is my attire? What does it include?

  • Associates: $68.55
  • Bachelors: $75.25
  • Masters: $79.40
  • Doctoral: $114.25 and it includes your cap rental, gown rental, hood rental, and an “opportunitas” blue & gold tassel for you to keep. Souvenir tassels cost $9.25 and Stoles of gratitude costs $25.50 each. You will also receive your tickets with your cap & gown.

I don’t have a credit card, debit card or Pace One card!
You can pay with cash the day of the distribution directly to Herff Jones. Please note, that we do not recommend this since these gowns are first come first serve on size and degree hood color, so you may not get what you need. Try to find a relative or friend that can order it for you online.

What happens when I order?
When you order your cap & gown rental you also R.S.V.P to the commencement ceremony. This tells us to make a package of instructions, information, invitations and tickets for you. This package will be given to you when you pick up your cap & gown.

How many tickets am I getting? Can I get extra tickets?
You are guaranteed 4 (undergrad)/4 (graduate)ticketsfor the ceremony. An method for allocating extra tickets will be announced on the commencement website by 03/10/13.

When is cap and gown distribution?
Tuesday, April 22nd 12:00 p.m.–7:00p.m. & Wednesday, April 23rd 3:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. in the Gymnasium on the C Level of 1 Pace Plaza.

What if I can’t make it to any of the distribution dates?
If you cannot make it to pick up your attire, instructions and tickets on any of the available dates you may send someone in your place with a note of permission and your Pace ID.

I am not going to the Ceremony, is there anything I need to do?
Just be sure to file your “Application for Graduation” with OSA so they can issue your diploma.

Am I allowed to walk in this ceremony?
Students who received degrees in December 2013 or are expecting to receive degrees in May 2014 or September 2013 from the NYC campus are welcome to participate in the May 2014 commencement ceremony at Madison Square As long as you have 12 credits or less left to take at the end of the Spring 2012 semester you may walk in the ceremony this year. Exceptions can only be made by the Associate Provost, Mark Poisel.

I am an International Student who needs a Visa letter.
If you need a letter from Pace to verify your graduation date so that you may invite family from abroad to attend the

ceremony, please contact the Office of Student Assistance ASAP. Graduates in F1 student visa status planning to stay in the U.S. for employment after graduation should contact Mira Krasnov, International Student Advisor at (212) 346-1368 in New York for information on applying for post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT). You can start the filing procedure for OPT in your last semester of study or within the next 60 days after your official completion date, but not later than the 1stweek of July.

Do children need a ticket?
If you have small children, usually under the age of five, they do not need a ticket as long as they can lap sit. It is not Pace University checking tickets at the door, but regular Radio City Music Hall staff so try to stay within the judgment call of normal ticket holder venues.

I am a student with a Disability, or has a guest with a Disability.
Students needing Disability assistance should speak to Jonelle directly, we can make special arrangements.

If you or a guest needs special accommodations we can make them available for you. As part of the University policy we need to obtain a letter requesting special accommodations that includes what type of arrangements need to be made. There is reserved seating set aside for these persons according to their situation. Please be sure to indicate whether you need space for wheelchair seating, walking/ standing problems, hard of hearing individuals or individuals that have difficulty with vision.

We are located in 41 Park Row on the 8thfloor. You may also turn in your letter at that time.

If you are the individual with the handicap we can discuss ideas for how you would like to handle the ceremony details.

Honors Recognition & Pre-Commencement
If you believe that you will be graduating with honors you should be contacted by your academic school (i.e. Lubin, Dyson, etc.) regarding an awards ceremony that will take place the week before commencement. There you will receive an item to wear with your gown at commencement. To find out more please contact your academic department directly.

What is my degree? What color is my hood?

  • Associate: (CSIS, Dyson, Lubin) (black, goldand blue)
  • BPS/ BBA: Bachelors of Business Administration (Lubin) (Drab)
  • BS: Bachelors of Science (CSIS, Dyson, Education, Lienhard) (Gold)
  • BA: Bachelors of Art (CSIS, Dyson, Education) (White)
  • BFA: Bachelors of Fine Arts– acting majors only not theater tech (Dyson) (Brown)
  • BSN: Bachelors in Nursing (Lienhard) (Apricot)
  • MBA: Masters of Business Administration (Lubin) (Drab)
  • MFA: Masters of Fine Arts (Dyson) (Brown)
  • MS: Masters of Science (CSIS, Dyson, Lienhard) (Gold)
  • MS in ED: Master of Science in Education (Education) (Lt Blue)
  • MST: Masters in Teaching (Dyson) (Lt Blue)
  • MS Pub: Master in Publishing (Dyson) (Maroon)
  • MPA: Doctorate in Public Administration (Dyson) (Peacock)
  • PSYD: Doctorate in Psychology (Dyson) (Royal Blue)
  • DPS: Doctorate in Professional Studies (Lubin) (Drab)
  • DPS: Doctorate in Professional Studies (CSIS) (Gold)
  • DPS: Doctorate in Professional Studies (Lienhard) (Apricot)

All gowns are black.

I received Westchester Information, can I walk in New York?
In order to walk in New York’s commencement and be listed in Commencement program in New York you have to change your campus at the OSA office. We can provide you with a New York brochure or you may order online and read the New York information by going to We cannot change any records for you.

How do I purchase a Senior Class Ring?
There will be ring sale reps at the Senior Day and at the Cap & Gown distributions. They will also be coming in on March 6th from 11am-2pm March 7th from 4pm-7pm, at the Main Lobby in 1 Pace Plaza. Rings can also be purchased at Cap and Gown distribution on April 18th and April 19th. You can also go to:

The deadline for The Legend yearbook photos have passed. However, if you want to take senior photos for your family you may still go to Thornton Studios to take a picture in your cap & gown if you desire as well. Their address is 150 West 25th Street, New York, NY 10001 and their Telephone is 212.647.1966.

If you already have taken your picture for the yearbook, but haven’t ordered your copy, you may go

to: to and enter Pace's Order # 14182.

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