Pace University

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1 Pace Plaza

New York, NY 10038

Phone: (212) 346-1200
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Mar. 1
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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#173 Overall Score: 32 out of 100. National Universities

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Pace University is a private institution that was founded in 1906. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 8,336, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 257 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Pace University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 173. Its tuition and fees are $38,069 (2013-14).

With two main campuses, Pace University offers its students two distinct collegiate experiences. At the school's New York City campus, students live and learn amid the bustle of Manhattan's Financial District. About 30 miles away, students can enjoy a suburban lifestyle on the school’s Westchester campus in Pleasantville, New York. Undergraduates have on-campus housing options at both locations, though many students choose to commute. Each campus also has its own selection of student organizations, including fraternities and sororities.

The Pace University sports teams, known as the Setters, compete in the NCAA Division II Northeast-10 Conference. "Inside the Actors Studio," a television show, is filmed at Pace's Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at the New York City campus, so students can attend tapings for free. Pace also has a law school, which is particularly well regarded for environmental law, and the Lubin School of Business. Notable alumni of Pace University include James Quinn, former president of Tiffany & Co., and Ivan Seidenberg, former CEO of Verizon Communications Inc. Culinary whiz Rachael Ray attended Pace University, though she dropped out after two years.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Since 1906, Pace University has been preparing students to become leaders in their fields by providing an education that combines exceptional academics with professional experience. Over the last century, Pace has grown into one of the Northeast's leading private universities with campuses in New York City and Westchester County, NY, according to The Princeton Review. Offering bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in comprehensive business and liberal arts programs, Pace prepares its nearly 12,800 students (8,300 undergraduates and almost 4,500 graduates) for successful careers and enriched backgrounds. Pace is composed of the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Health Professions, the Lubin School of Business, the School of Education, the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, and the Pace Law School, in White Plains, NY.

US News and World Report named the university as having the best online bachelor's program in the nation, the third best environmental law program in the United States, and being among the country's top five schools for internship placement. In fact, Pace's Career Services program is one of the largest among the country's four-year colleges and graduate schools and is the leading university program in the New York metropolitan area. In 2011, more than 600 employers in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut sponsored more than 1,900 Pace students in internships and field work. The next year, students graduating with bachelor's degrees who already had jobs waiting for them surpassed national employment rates by 10 percent. Over the years more than 2,800 alumni have reached top executive positions. Perhaps that's why Forbes magazine named Pace as one of the top 20 universities in the country that will make you rich.

Historically known for its business programs, Pace has evolved into a comprehensive university with a variety of courses encompassing the arts, health care, computer science, and education. Its performing arts department is highly competitive and one of the fastest growing programs at the university. The Actors Studio Drama School, widely recognized as one of the best in the country, and the popular Inside The Actors Studio TV program have their homes at Pace, giving students the opportunity to interact with major artists and celebrities. Innovative programs in cyber-security, healthcare, psychology, media and communications, forensics, and homeland security ensure that students are prepared for careers in fields that offer strong potential for employment and career growth.

With its three campuses located in and around New York City, Pace offers students a diversity of living and learning experiences especially focused on professional careers.

The quintessentially urban campus a few blocks from City Hall in Lower Manhattan is just a short walk from Wall Street and near many historic landmarks such as the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island Museums, and a subway ride from all that the city has to offer.

Students interested in the traditional suburban collegiate setting, can find it in Pleasantville, NY, on a bucolic campus that stretches more than 200 acres. While located in the heart of Westchester County, it remains within an hour's train ride from Manhattan. The White Plains campus contains the 13-acre Law School and Graduate Center.

Pace combines the benefits and resources of a large university with the personal attention usually associated with a small college, with class sizes averaging only 28 students. Nearly 75% of students live on campus. Regardless of where they reside, Pace University students receive high-quality educations for the professions based on a firm foundation of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1906
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $121,762,155


When applying to Pace University, it's important to note the application deadline is March 1, and the early action deadline is November 30. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due February 28. The application fee at Pace University is $50. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 76.8 percent and an early acceptance rate of 85.1 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 76.8%
Application deadline March 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by February 28

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Pace University is 14:1, and the school has 48.2 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Pace University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; Health Professions and Related Programs; Psychology; and Visual and Performing Arts. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 77.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 14:1
4-year graduation rate 41%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 37%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 13%
Health Professions and Related Programs 8%
Psychology 8%
Visual and Performing Arts 7%

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Student Life

Pace University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 8,336, with a gender distribution of 41 percent male students and 59 percent female students. At this school, 40 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 60 percent of students live off campus. Pace University is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 12,772
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

Pace University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Pace University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Pace University, 21 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Pace University.

Students who have cars on campus 21%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Pace University, 75.9 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $23,746.

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Tuition and fees $38,069 (2013-14)
Room and board $13,220 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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