I believe that the best thing about Pace is that the opportunities are endless. Not only with the accessibility provided by being a New York City campus, but classes and organizations which speak to a wide array of interests. There have been opportunities at Pace I wouldn't have had anywhere else. Pace University has led me to interests in art, marketing, women and gender's studies, and has made me have a more global awareness. I would not have got into having my own radio show or recreating a club organization that is revolutionizing the way students think. If I could change one thing, I'd make the process for class registration more organized. Sometimes classes are taken off or added last minute, professor's names aren't listed, and professors occasionally have no knowledge that they will be a teaching a course until a few days before which is unfair to them. I would say the school is just right. It is not too small where I know every single person and feel constricted. It is also not too big where I am a faceless student that falls between cracks. I receive the right amount of attention from professors and faculty and can also establish close relationships easily. Classes are just the right size to have many opinions and insights, but not too big where you are anonymous. I usually am all over the place at Pace. I spend a lot of time in classes and the library collaborating with club members. I also spend a lot of time at the WPUB radio station. I can also be found in the cafeteria a lot in between classes enjoying time with my friends. New York City is my campus which makes college life all the more exciting. There are endless museums, performances, art displays, and events going on. I never was interested in the college town craze, I like that I can go anywhere in the boroughs and do not need to rely on a car to take me everywhere or only have a limited amount of entertainment outside of my university. I am very satisfied with school administration. Professors are always willing to help the students and faculty are amenable to students' needs. Whenever I need to call or e-mail about any issue, I am promptly assisted. The school is run well and I do feel that administration does care about its students. The biggest recent controversy on campus was issues with our school's cafeteria. Yet I believe that it was handled well and I loved that students and faculty collaborated in boycotting Lackman and finding a better catering service. This is a perfect example of how administration caters to the needs of students. Students usually complain about financial aid issues, but it's tough on everyone especially in these times with fiscal turmoil.
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.
I love this school. I had a great time in my undergraduate career at Le Moyne College, but absolutely LOVE Pace University. All of my professors are amazingly helpful and there whenever you need them. They are also very current, which makes it easy to relate to them, and exciting to be in their classes. The school is somewhat of a larger school, with 12,704 students total, 7,807 undergraduates, 4,042 graduates, and 855 law students, it would seem somewhat daunting to go here if you come from a smaller town, and small undergraduate school, which I did. From what I have found, everyone is close-knit and connected. Stepping into the library or walking through campus, you will hear many "hey, what's up!" calls from all over. You will also have access to some of the most helpful staff all around campus, all of which are pleased and happy to help you and provide you with some insight to your questions. When people ask me where I go, and I proudly tell them Pace University, I typically get a "wow, that's a great school!" or "what a BEAUTIFUL campus!" reaction and response. To be honest, it's true. The campus is beautiful, and this is a respectable school to go to. There is also a lot of school pride on campus. If you take a look at the freshmen orientation videos, where everyone is cheering and dancing with Pace's mascot, or walking through campus on a football game day, everyone has Pace Pride. In addition, there is ALWAYS, always, always something going on on campus. From sports games, to de-stressing activities before finals week, to lectures, and the Bodies exhibit, there is literally something for every single person who attends here to keep busy and active. One thing I would change would be making the scholarship process a little easier. I did not know I would receive a scholarship, but I did, (which of course is fantastic) but it has taken a little while, and a few too many, in my opinion, phone calls to sort out. The process has been a little difficult in the sense that my scholarship has not gone through yet. But honestly, the school is just right for me.
To be honest, for the first two years I was here I had a love/hate relationship with Pace. By the end of my Sophomore year I found a really solid group of friends in my building to hang out and study with. I also began to do the Pace Drama Alliance that semester which got me more involved and allowed me to meet more people. I'm about to go into my sixth semester and I absolutely adore Pace. I have a very solid group of friends here and there are extra curricular for everyone. Teachers are nice as long as you respect them, and most are fair graders. Most adults consider Pace to be a "good school", meaning it is respectable and offers a good education. During the Fall of 2010 the Pace community grieved the loss of two students. The first was Danroy "DJ" Henry, who's case ended up being quite controversial and is still in question now. I honestly do not know what happened precisely, but Henry was shot and killed by Officer Aaron Hess the night of our homecoming outside of a local bar. I personally believe that whether or not Henry was driving recklessly there were other safer ways to stop the vehicle and he would still be alive today. Pace pride is starting to get bigger, this year Homecoming was a huge success and students are getting more involved and staying more on the weekends than they have in the past. The biggest complaints about Pace is the cafeteria food. Honestly stay away from the chicken, but over all it's tasty but i know it upsets a lot of peoples stomachs. I don't have a meal plan because of this and since I can have a refrigerator and there are kitchens in each dorm building I can cook.
Overall, I’m very happy with my decision to attend Pace, I love it here :). My favorite things about this school are definitely the teachers and academic advisors; they’re the most helpful people I’ve ever talked to. They are easily reachable by phone or email and they always inform students of their office hours in case you ever need to meet with them in person. One of the things people complain about the most is the Office of Student Assistance or OSA; this is the office that’s mostly responsible for processing tuition payments and Financial Aid. I’ve heard here and there that people who work there aren’t very nice or helpful people but I’ve also heard the school is working on improving their efficiency so that’s a good thing. I attend the Westchester Campus and i think it is just the right size. Not too big to never get to know it completely, but not too small where you feel you have nowhere to go. When I tell people I go to Pace I usually get very positive reactions like “Oh I’ve heard that’s a very good school”, which is always nice. When I’m on campus I usually spend most of my time at the library, the environment there is very nice, when I feel like meeting friends we hang out in the first floor and when I need a quieter place to study the second floor is always perfect. When I’m not studying, I usually hang out in my dorm and watch movies with my roommate or head to the cafeteria to grab food or a snack.
I love it here. Honestly, it wasn't my first choice (a much bigger school was) but I couldn't be happier. Pace is full of truly nice people. The Pleasantville-Briarcliff campus I attend has about 3,000 kids, half of whom commute and half live on campus. That's perfect. It's small, yeah, but it's big enough to meet a new person everyday. Through Pace I was able to study abroad in Australia (studying abroad is pretty easy and affordable here--take advantage!) where I went to a school ten times this size. 30,000 kids is so impersonal, it made me appreciate even more what a family Pace is. What a lot of people have heard about Pace is, sadly, the DJ Henry tragedy. Long story short (if you haven't heard), one of our classmates was killed by a cop 12 days before his twenty-first birthday even though he wasn't doing anything wrong. There are a lot of terrible things on the internet about it but for the most part, it unified our campus in a way I've never before seen--we rally behind him and his family in trying to find the absolute truth. For prospective students, don't let the tragedy turn you off to Pace. It's not a dangerous place. As far as the town goes, it's quaint but in close enough proximity to the city that you can go as often as you'd like. When I'm on campus, I hang out in the library, either cafeteria, my residence hall or right by Choate pond when it's nice out.
As with every college, there are stereotypes here at Pace University. We have our athletes, our fraternity brothers, our sorority sisters, our artists, our nerds, our stoners, our DJ's, our video-game fanatics, and everyone in between. Pace is a very diverse campus, with people from all different walks of life. A common misconception, however, is that, similarly to most high schools, people stay within their stereotype, their "click." Most students here have realized that in order to not only survive college, but to enjoy it, it is vital to get out of your comfort zone. These "clicks" do not only hang out with each other; the jocks hang out with the brainiacs, the greek life hangs out with the jocks, the party animals hang out with the greek life... people don't care what "click" you may have belonged to in high school, because it doesn't matter in college. What matters is who you get along with, who you can live with, who you can study with, etc. Here at Pace University you'll find that people don't discriminate based on "clicks," or ethnicity, or race, or anything materialistic. You may, however, get some sly remarks about being a Red Sox fan in New York (as I have quickly come to realize)! Pace University is a melting pot - just like the United States, only a tad smaller.
Pace has become a home to myself and everyone that I associate with on campus. The best thing about Pace is the size. Pace is not too large and not so small where you know every single person. Every time I tell someone I go to Pace University they assume I mean the city campus, although I do take classes on that campus, my home campus is Westchester in Pleasantville. Unfortunately, not many people know of this town or area because it is so small. When I first came to Pace, I really did not like the small town because I am from a very large city (Washington, D.C), but the town truly grew on me and helped me form a love for my school community as well. There are multiple bars and restaurants for students to explore (plus plenty of late night spots when caf food just will not do). All in all the area is very feasible for a college student. The main reason why I chose Pace was because of the rating it received for "Schools that Make You Rich" and their internship program. Pace focuses a lot on their post graduation program, especially finding a job after graduation. The only constant student complaint is the cafeteria food but I feel as though that is every school because nothing will beat a home cooked meal.
The best part of being a Pace student is the support you receive from the staff/faculty and departments such as the Tutoring Center, Career Services, the Honors College, or Study Abroad. Pace offers students for free these essential tools for success. I highly doubt there are universities that provide this much student support and Pace students take advantage. One thing about Pace I'd change would probably be to expand the school, there are a lot of students in a tight building and more areas for students to gather and work on assignments would be nice. Although Pace doesn't have the biggest campus in Downtown Manhattan it offers students the city in exchange and I think that's a pretty good deal. Anything you need is a train ride away. The most recent controversy at Pace was on the front page of the NYTimes. Our cafeteria had failed it's inspection terribly, however after one week it reopened completely renovated, updated, and with more food options. I would like to see more sports involvement and organization in Downtown's campus I think it would increase school pride and create more of a community.
The best thing about the Pace NYC Campus is that it is in a great location in New York City. It is close to City Hall, Wall Street, South Street Seaport and it's only a few stops away from Brooklyn Heights. Also, it is the perfect place to network for jobs and internships and to make great connections with professors. One thing I'd change is to have more space for clubs and student organizations on campus, which is being worked on by the University but I will not be able to enjoy those changes as a student unfortunately. As for the size I would love to add more buildings which the plan is in the works however just not enacted fully. People react positively when I say that I attend Pace I haven't received any negative feedback. I spend most of time everywhere on campus because I'm an active student and I am always on the go. The NYC Campus at Pace is not the traditional college campus or college town but you can definitely find a place to fit in.