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Pace University-New York


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Colby
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Coming to Pace University was one of the best decisions I've ever made. In my two and a half years here I have been a member...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Coming to Pace University was one of the best decisions I've ever made. In my two and a half years here I have been a member of the softball team, Honors College, newspaper, radio, student athletic advisory committee, colleges against cancer, various honor societies, and had three internships. This success was a combination of my determination to be involved but also the opportunities that Pace provided to me. Some people may not like the idea of a small school but I beleive it has given me the opportunity to be a big fish in a small pond rather than a small fish in a big one. The best part about Pace is the overall friendly atmosphere. People hold open doors for you, professors go out of their way to provide you with opportunities, and other administrators are always trying to make you feel right at home. Another positive aspect of Pace is its close proximity to the city. Students often go down on the weekends to visit the city, have internships there during the week, or go out and enjoy the night life. One thing that people often have an issue with at Pace is the seperation of campuses. Many students live on the Briarcliff campus and find it inconvenient to have to take the bus or drive their car to the Pleasantville campus for class, meetings, events, and the gym. I lived on Briarcliff for two years, and had a car one of those years and didnt feel terribly inconvenienced. Honestly taking those bus rides to the other campus was a bonding experience for me and my friends, and always gave us an adventure to laugh about later. The shuttle brings you into the town of Pleasantville, which has everything that a college student needs, whether its a slice of pizza, the train station, or a grocery item. Its just a quick bus or car ride away. Also, the city of White Plains is also close by which has a multitude of restaurants, shopping centers, and exciting night life. Local businesses and restaurants in town often have deals and discounts for Pace students, which really helps out with an often limited college student budget. Overall, my personal favorite part of Pace is how at home I feel when I'm there. I feel like the administration is there to help me and I feel like Pace has given me the tools I need to be successful in the future.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Pretty much at Pace you will eventually fall into one of three categories, or two of three or three of three categories. Its almost impossible to not get involved on campus, and I've found that most students find a desire to become involved once they meet more people. In freshman dorms people always have their doors open and are looking to socialize at all hours of the day. Once you get older and move into upperclassmen dorms, that "open-door" aspect starts to diminish and you have already developed the close friends that youll make plans to hang out with. Greek life is very important to people in Greek life. If your not a freshman getting recruited or your not in a fraternity or sorority, greek life wont affect you.

Describe the students at your school.

Pace University is a melting pot for all students. There is every kind of person at this school, the athlete, the video-gamer, the over-achiever, the sports fanatic, the girly girl, and the laid back musician. The three most popular areas that students tend to be from are Westchester, Long Island, and New jersey. There are also students from upstate NY, California, Oregon, Ohio, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maryland, and even Washington. Students from far states are usually lured in by Pace's sports programs. There is also a lot of racial diversity on campus. I feel like students of different races definitely interact in class, clubs, sports, teams, Greek life, and social life. Financial matters are pretty relevant to students at Pace. Many students are business or finance majors and have a lot of concern for the economy and whether or not theyll get a job upon graduation. For many students, finances is one of their top five concerns.

What are the academics like at your school?

I am a communications major, political science minor at Pace. I have had many good experiences with my professors and courses and have been able to mantain a 3.8 GPA. The communications professors all have experience in the field, and have valuable connections to people currently working. The professors I have had, have all had some type of investment in my future and have been more then willing to help me out or meet up with me after class. Also, Pace's requirements for a minor are really do-able. I was able to get a minor in political science in two years by taking 5 related courses. The more minors you can get the better because it shows a future employer that you are a hard worker and very committed. One complaint that many Pace students have is called an Area of Knowledge 1 course. these types of courses require civic engagement, and a lot more work than the typical core requirement class. However some students who have taken these classes enjoyed the break from the typical lecture-type class. As far as competitiveness goes, my classes have been moderately competitive. Mostly students are competing for the spotlight, attention of the professor, and competing to have their opinions heard and listened to. In the communications department a majority of the classes are very hands on, and we are able to use actual equipment that we would use in the field after graduation. My classes, paired with my internship experience has really prepared me to go out into the field.

What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

Many people when looking at Pace will notice the high percentage of students that are commuters. While the number which is close to 50% may be high, it doesnt limit the number of new people you will meet on a daily basis. When I was applying to Pace I was nervous that the high number of commuters would take away from social life on the weekends and limit my opportunities for friends. This couldnt be more wrong, there is a great weekend social life at Pace! The students that dorm tend to be involved in athletics, Greek life, or other organizations on campus and are always sticking around to hang out on weekends. I'm a junior this year and I am still meeting new people when I am on campus!

Craig
What is your overall opinion of this school?

I transferred to Pace from a state university in Pennsylvania. I am incredibly happy with my choice to transfer here. Obvious...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I transferred to Pace from a state university in Pennsylvania. I am incredibly happy with my choice to transfer here. Obviously, the location of the University's NYC campus is integral for internships, jobs, and general life experiences. Attending college in NYC is unlike anything else. By sacrificing the "typical college experience," one is able to learn things that others dream of.

Tell us about your professors.

Most of my professors have been really enthusiastic about the classes they teach. Many are professionals in their field which really allows students to gain first-hand experience in their desired career path.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Pace can look rather cold from the outside. The building is very straightforward. Once inside, the views are great.

Tell us about the sports scene on campus.

The sports culture is rather non-existent on the NYC campus. Our focus is on academics.

Describe the best and worst parts of the social scene on campus.

The best part is obviously the school's location in New York City. The subway system allows students to experience any part of New York City for the just the price of a metrocard. The downside is the school's proximity to the financial district which is typically free of social activities on the weekend.

What do students complain about most?

Our Office of Student Assistance seems to get the most flak on campus. They're responsible for financial aid, scheduling issues, and almost all other administrative issues on campus. Like with any bureaucratic entity, OSA certainly has its fair share of speed bumps but the school has taken steps to improve efficiency within the department so we'll see how that goes.

Where is the best place to get work done on campus?

There are plenty of places to work depending on how you like to study. If you can handle the noise of the cafeteria, there is plenty of space to eat and study. If you require silence, the library and the reading room in the basement are great options. There is definitely no shortage of space to get work done.

Tell us about the food and dining options.

After a slight hiccup last year in regards to our food options, the new food provider has stepped it up in terms of options and quality. This year, a flex dollars plan was introduced allowing students to use their meal plan off campus at restaurants like Chipotle. I feel that Pace is finally on par with other NYC schools in the food department.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Because of our history as a business school, most non-students assume that we attend Pace for business.

When you step off campus what do you see?

City Hall is directly across the street from Pace Plaza while such iconic landmarks as Wall Street, the World Trade Center, and Battery Park are just a short walk away.

What are your classes like?

Because of other commitments, I opted to take most of my classes online. I like that I have the option to do so because it allows me to open my schedule up to potential internships and jobs.

What are the academics like at your school?

The academics at Pace are incredibly strong for a school of this size. In fact, I attended a smaller school prior to Pace and had larger class sizes. I haven't taken a class at Pace with over 30 students. Academic scheduling is pretty good at ensuring that there's a wide range of class choice each semester so that students aren't locked out when registration comes around. Like with any school, the professor's level of personal involvement varies from class to class. I've had professors that have memorized my names within a week and have become mentors to me. I've also had professors who completely disconnect themselves from students. Fortunately, most professors are examples of the former.

What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

Due to the University's proximity to the financial district as well as it's origins as a business school, most people assume I attend Pace for business. While our business school is internationally renowned, we have an incredibly rich college of arts and sciences.

Marisch
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

As a recent graduate of high school, one thing I can mention about senior year is that it is very important to keep up with t...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

As a recent graduate of high school, one thing I can mention about senior year is that it is very important to keep up with the pace! In other words, it is important to manage your time. Senior year is a very exciting and eventful time; however; you do not want any distractions to get in the way of deadlines, applications, classes, etc. As an expected graduate, you want to be able to walk down the aisle on graduation day knowing that you have accomplished all that you possibly can. Remember, you represent your high school wherever you go or wherever you put your name on an application. To that extent, be mindful of how to be the best student you can be. Do not worry about where your friends are going to college or what they are studying - you must stay true to yourself in order to find the right path after high school. You want to sustain a good relationship with your teachers, principal, and advisors because those are the people you will be asking references from. Ultimately, enjoy your senior year while it lasts and at the same time, stay focused on things that matter the most!

What kind of person should attend this school?

A student who wants to study at a university in New York City should definitely apply to Pace University (NY campus). A student should apply to Pace University if he/she wants to be prepared to become leaders in their choice of study. Pace University provides an education that combines exceptional academics with professional experience. Pace University is good for students that want to take full advantage of New York. Students who apply to Pace University has the choice of going to school at three different campuses, locaed in New York City. Pace University is a great private school.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

A student who does not want to attend college in New York City, should not apply to Pace University (New York campus). A student who does not want to go to private school should not attend Pace University. A student who does not like to interact with other students should not attend Pace University. A student who does not want to accept help in their education, should not attend Pace University.

Meghan
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would tell myself to not be as concerned with the name or reputation of a college. I would tell myself to go where they wer...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would tell myself to not be as concerned with the name or reputation of a college. I would tell myself to go where they were offering me the most money. Pace has an extremely high tuition but there is no justification for it. I would look around for a cheaper institution. If I felt the money was worth it then I wouldn't mind the amount of debt I will be in when I graduate. But I feel I have wasted a significant amount of time and money with my attendance at Pace. After transferring to Pace I realize now that things were too easy at the time. I would have told myself to stay more on top of my credits and keep better track of everything. Because in the end the only person that actually cares about my education is me. Looking back I would have changed everything I considered important at the time.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I attend the Pleasantville campus. I wish I had known that there was very little commuter involvement. Commuters really have no place to go on campus. I would have also liked to know that the advisors are unorganized and lack knowledge. The departments do not communicate with each other and can rarely answer simple questions. If you want to succeed you need to constantly question faculty and be on top of your credits.

Kim
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would tell myself to go directly into college and do not take a break. Sometimes when you take a break life happens and yo...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would tell myself to go directly into college and do not take a break. Sometimes when you take a break life happens and you may make a decision not to go to college. You may get a job without a college degree, but if something happens to that job, where will you be then. You need a degree to ensure yourself a good stable job.

Betty
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Paceis best known for its business programs. It is ranked very high for being a good school for business.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Paceis best known for its business programs. It is ranked very high for being a good school for business.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I was raised by a controlling father who taught me that the only two places in this world I need to be familiar with are school and home. Although this kept me out of trouble, it limited my development socially because I only interacted with people I was already acquainted with. Thus, whenever I’m forced outside of my comfort zone in social situations, I’m extremely shy. It wasn’t until I entered college that I realized how great an effect this lifestyle had on me. College is more than just a place to further one’s education—it provides many opportunities to network with people from all walks of life. The social aspect of college life has been extremely challenging for me because of my shyness. I’ve realized that there are so many walls I have to break down. If I could give myself advice as a high school senior, I would tell myself to start preparing for this transition early by stepping outside of my comfort zone and actively placing myself in new social situations. If I had had this head-start at breaking my shyness, it would have lightened the burden on my shoulders now.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Pace is a school for people who are convivial and able to network. Although this is a good characteristic to have for any college, Pace offers many opportunities to network with others and socialize. Therfore, it would be difficult to adjust to attending college here if one is very shy.

Nicole
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

My school is known for its business connections and opportunities in the financial district. There are hundreds of internshi...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

My school is known for its business connections and opportunities in the financial district. There are hundreds of internship, both paid and unpaid, opportunities available for students. There are several recruiting fairs as well as an online database. Most students complete internships and many have jobs waiting for them when they graduate. This is a great opportunity for anyone to have, especially since you need experience to even be considered at most New York, respectable, jobs.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

My school is unique because it offered me the work experience I desire as well as a combined degree. I am in the BBA/MBA accounting program, meaning that by the time I am 21, I will have both a bachelor's and master's degree, as well as a CPA license, a few internship experiences, and a job waiting for me when I graduate. Other schools, while also in urban areas, did have internship or co-op programs, but not to the extent that Pace University does or with a combined degree that would be useful.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

To my former self, Don't think about where you'll be in 10 years, what office you want to work in, or try to plan anything because it's silly to do that now. Don't pick a school based on money, since you'll be able to afford in anyways; based on degrees, since every college you're looking at has options; or based on where other people you know will be. Make the decision about feelings, the vibe that a place has. You will have fun, you will make friends, the work will be fine, as long as you relax. Take it one step at a time, letting the pieces fall into place without trying to rush everything or make plans for months and years ahead. Focus on yourself now because this is a time to define yourself, to become who you will, but only if you let it happen. Trying to control every outcome will only make you crazy, so take a deep breath and go with the flow. You will have a job, whether it's your dream job or the step to it, so follow your heart for now. Love, Your future self

erika
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Pace is a career-focused school with supportive professors that will push you to your best ability.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Pace is a career-focused school with supportive professors that will push you to your best ability.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The worst thing about Pace is the financial aid office. It is very disorganized and if you need help they will help but will not have the hasty/ sincere follow-up attitude that makes you feel like they dont care if you get the loan or scholarship or grant or not. I also dont like the student advisors they make you feel like you did something wrong by picking out the wrong class. I rather they help me choose the right class then allowing me to take the wrong class and spend another year trying to take the right class.

Samantha
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Pace University is best known for its business school and musical theater department.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Pace University is best known for its business school and musical theater department.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would tell myself that the transition is really hard, and that it takes time but eventually I will get used to living away from home. I would also tell myself to try and talk to as many people as possible in the beginning of the semester so I can make a lot of friends. Everyone is going through the same transition as you are, they just may not show as many struggles as you. Freshman year is hard on everyone, but just know that you will get through it, and it's going to be the greatest four years of your life. Also, it is important to know that half the people you meet at the beginning of you freshman year you won't be friends with even halfway through the semeseter. It's important to put yourself out there, you have the chance to be whomever you want you want too be, no one knows you. College is the time to start over without any repercussions.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish I knew what it would truly be like to live as a student in New York City. Also, I wish I knew how different the college experience is when not living on a campus.

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