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Procedures for Admission

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First-Year and Transfer degree students may apply to Pace University for either the fall or spring semester and as a full-time or part-time student. International degree students must apply as a full-time student for either the fall or spring semester. 

Effective for Fall 2021 applicants:

We now offer three admission decision plans- Early Decision, Early Action 1, Early Action 2 and Regular Decision.  Learn more about our Early Action and Early Decision Plans.

Key Dates and Deadlines

Event Deadline
Fall Early Decision (Binding) deadline1 November 1
Fall Early Action1 (Non-Binding) deadline1 November 15
Fall Early Action 2 (Non-Binding) deadline December 1
Fall Performing Arts deadline December 15
Fall regular decision deadline February 15 (Pace uses a rolling admission plan after February 15 based on space availability.)
Fall Nursing deadline February 15
Fall FAFSA priority filing deadline November15
Fall Tuition and Guaranteed Housing Deposit deadline May 1
Spring application deadline December 1 (Pace uses a rolling admission plan after December 1 based on space availability.)
Spring Tuition and Guaranteed Housing Deposit deadline December 15
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Applicants who are not accepted under Early Decision or Early Action will be reviewed, without bias, under the Regular Decision process.  Early Decision applicants in this pool will be released from the binding Early Decision Agreement.

Required Documents:

First-Year Applicants (domestic) - The following information must be submitted in order for a student to be considered for admission:

  • An application for admission and a nonrefundable application fee of $50.00 
  • An official high school transcript or High School equivalency diploma and scores (photocopies are not accepted)
  • Optional SAT or ACT official score reports. To learn more, visit www.pace.edu/TestOptional
  • 2 recommendations from a teacher and/or counselor that knows you well
  • A personal statement or essay

Transfer Applicants - The following information must be submitted in order for a student to be considered for admission:

  • An application for admission and a nonrefundable application fee of $50.00
  • An official transcript(s) from all previous colleges, universities, and/or proprietary schools attended

Transfer Applicants with less than 32 earned credits must also submit:

  • Official, final high school transcript or High School equivalency diploma and scores (photocopies are not accepted)
  • Optional SAT or ACT official score reports. To learn more, visit www.pace.edu/TestOptional

Please note that although the University does not require a Personal Statement/Essay or Letters of Recommendation for transfer applicants, these documents may be requested by the Office of Undergraduate Admission to complete the review process.

Transcripts from all previously attended colleges and universities must be submitted even if transfer credit will not be requested. Submission of false records or omission of previous college, university and/or proprietary school attendance may result in denial of admission, reversal of admission decision, and/or denial of transfer credit.

In order to complete the evaluation of credits and registration, all credentials should be received by the Office of Undergraduate Admission at least six weeks prior to the date of enrollment. Courses with grades of C or better are considered for transfer credit. Grades of C- or lower are not transferable.

School of Performing Arts (NYC campus only)

Please note that the fall application deadline for this program is December 15 for first-year students.

  • Apply for fall admission by December 15 and if eligible, schedule your callback audition or interview by January 15. Academic admission to Pace University is separate from the audition and interview process for the School of Performing Arts. An application for admission must be on file prior to beginning the audition process.
  • Auditions and/or interviews are required for entrance to the School of Performing Arts. Information about auditions will be sent to each applicant upon receipt of application. Students will be notified on or before March 31 regarding audition results, provided the student has been admitted based on academic review by the Office of Undergraduate Admission. Visit the School of Performing Arts website for more details.

Four-year BS in Nursing Program (Westchester campus only)

The four-year BS in Nursing program is offered only on the Westchester Campus in Pleasantville. Deadline for first-year applications is February 15th. Admission to the program is competitive. Clinical courses begin fall semester only. View a complete list of Admission deadlines.

For transfer applicants interested in the Lienhard School of Nursing, please note that there are additional requirements, which include prerequisite coursework and an admission exam. For more information, please visit www.pace.edu/transfer/nursing.

Lienhard School of Nursing students must be certified in Professional Providers CPR and submit a satisfactory medical certification, including physical examination, chest x-ray, and required immunization prior to their first clinical experience.