Pace University Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of Pace University

Pace University is a private institution with two campuses for undergraduates, an urban campus in New York City, and a campus in Pleasantville, New York. The institution has a large selection of 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs for students to choose from. A robust student/faculty ratio backs students, and professors take a personalized approach to the teaching and learning process. Outside of the classroom, students will find plenty of opportunities to engage with the campus community via many clubs and organizations.


  • Total Enrollment: 13,609 (8,960 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 39 percent male/61 percent female
  • 92 percent full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $46,446
  • Books: $800
  • Room and Board: $19,634
  • Other Expenses: $1,858
  • Total Cost: $68,738

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 97 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 97 percent
    • Loans: 61 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $26,647
    • Loans: $7,227

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Majors: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Visual and Performing Arts; Health Professions and Related Programs; Psychology; and Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

Retention and Graduation

  • First-Year Student Retention (full-time students): 79 percent
  • Transfer-Out Rate: 30 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 42 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 56 percent

NCAA Athletic Programs

  • Men’s Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Lacrosse, Swimming and Diving
  • Women’s Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming and Diving, Volleyball

Overview of Pace University Admissions

Pace University, which accepts over three-quarters of applicants, has a moderately selective admissions process. Students whose SAT/ACT scores and GPA are within the institution’s requirements have a good chance of being admitted. Applicants should complete an online application and send test scores from either the SAT or ACT and high school transcripts. Students with unique talents and accomplishments can still receive strong consideration even if their GPAs are outside of the mean range. After applying, students will receive a message from an admissions counselor about the application process’s next steps.

Admissions Data                        

During the 2018-19 admissions phase, Pace University had an acceptance rate of 76%. For every 100 students who submitted applications, 76 students gained admission, making Pace’s admissions process moderately competitive.

SAT Requirements and Scores

During the 2018-19 admissions phase, 81% of students provided SAT scores. This admissions data reveals that most of Pace’s students score within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. 50% of students admitted to Pace scored between 540 and 620 on the evidence-based reading and writing section, while 25% scored under 540, and 25% scored over 620. 50% of students scored between 520 and 600 on the math section, while 25% scored under 520, and 25% scored over 600. Applicants with a cumulative SAT score of 1220 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Pace.

ACT Requirements and Scores

During the 2018-19 admissions phase, 23% of admitted students provided ACT scores. This admissions data reveals that most of Pace University’s students score within the top 37% nationally on the ACT. The median 50% of students admitted to Pace received a cumulative ACT score between 22 and 27, while 25% scored over 27, and 25% scored under 22.


In 2019, the mean high school GPA of Pace University’s freshmen class was 3.4, and over 50% had mean GPAs of 3.25 and over. This data suggests that successful applicants to Pace University have B grades primarily.

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for Pace University, it should be easy to gain admissions to the schools below. If Pace University is currently out of your reach, then you are sure to be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Texas State University, Georgia State University, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Liberty University, University of Texas at El Paso, California State University Northridge

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for Pace University, you should have an equal chance of gaining admissions at these schools.

University of North Texas, University of Texas at Arlington, Texas Tech University, California State University Long Beach, San Jose State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Washington State University

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than Pace University. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, you’ll be a competitive candidate.

Penn State University Park, University of Cincinnati, Hofstra University, Temple University, Auburn University, Seton Hall University, University of Alabama

Applying to Pace University

Application Deadline: February 15

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