Pleasantville Campus

First Year Experience Pleasantville Campus

Welcome to Pace University!  Your first year experience will be a time of exploration and discovery.  This journey begins with Orientation, where you will learn more about Pace services and opportunities, while meeting your future classmates.  When you return to campus in the fall, you will take part in the Week of Welcome (WOW).  WOW provides a thrilling environment for you to meet new people, become familiar with Pace University, and prepare to start your college career. WOW provides a thrilling environment for you to meet new people, become familiar with Pace University, and prepare to start your college career.  Pace’s Week of Welcome culminates with Convocation.  Convocation is a day-long event celebrating the beginning of your college career.  You will meet with your University 101 class to discuss the University Theme and Common Reading.  You will participate in an academic ceremony where the university president, a current Pace sophomore, and a keynote speaker will offer advice and encouragement for your college career.


Classes will start the day after Convocation, and your first classroom experience will be University 101.  University 101 (UNV 101) is a course that all Pace freshmen take during their first semester.  UNV 101 helps students make the important transition from high school to college, while connecting you to Pace resources and assisting you in developing skills that will aid your success in college.  Some of the skills you will learn in University 101 include time management, critical thinking, and goal setting.  Another added benefit of your UNV 101 course is that your instructor will also be your academic advisor for your entire freshman year.  Your UNV 101 instructor/first year advisor will be your first point of contact for any questions, concerns, or issues that you are unsure how to resolve.   They will meet with you individually multiple times throughout your first year at Pace in order to get to know you, learn about your goals and concerns, and they will also assist you with selecting courses for the following semester.  Through UNV 101, you will also have an additional resource for helping you navigate this new experience.  Each first year student will work with an upperclass student in their school or major who will act as their Peer Leader during their freshman year.  Your peer leader will co-facilitate your UNV 101 class, offer their perspective on the student experience at Pace, and they will connect with you outside of class in order to help you acclimate to the university community.

Aside from your UNV 101 experience and your first year advisor, Pace offers a variety of resources to make your transition to college easier.  The Tutoring Center offers free one on one tutoring in multiple courses and subjects.  Pace University’s Writing Center provides assistance throughout all stages of the writing process.  The professional staff at the Counseling Center is available to help you work through personal, academic, and vocational problems that you may encounter.  The Office of Disability Services provides resources for students with disabilities and assists with accommodation requests.   Also, if you need assistance deciding on a major, selecting a minor, or you are thinking switching your major, the Advising Center for Exploring Majors (ACEM) is here to help.


While academics is the cornerstone of your experience at Pace, it is also important that you explore opportunities and interests outside the classroom.  During your first semester at Pace you will have many opportunities to do this.  If you will be living on campus, you will have the opportunity to be active in your Freshman Interest Group (FIG), where you will select an area of interest and live with other first year students that share that passion.  Commuters and Residential freshmen will have the opportunity to join or start a student organization where you can cultivate an existing interest or develop a new one.  You can also take part in civic engagement opportunities through the Center for Community Action and Research (CCAR), participate in social justice and mentoring initiatives with the Office of Multicultural Affairs, secure an on campus job, and show your Pace Pride by attending an athletic eventor joining an intramural team.       

Your first semester at Pace is an exciting and new experience, but your second semester in college is just as critical.  You will maintain the connections you made during your fall semester with people like your UNV 101 instructor and your Peer Leader.  You will continue participating in the activities and organizations you were part of in your first semester, and you will begin exploring new opportunities.  Students who placed in the top 20% of their class during the fall semester will be invited to be a part of Alpha Lambda Delta, the national honor society for first year students.  Pace also offers multiple opportunities to participate in Greek Life, and second semester freshmen are eligible to become involved with these organizations.  Your second semester is the time to begin applying for internships, exploring career possibilities, and to learn more about resume writing and interview tips.  Career Services is available to help with all of these areas.  You are encouraged to connect with the Office of Study Abroad  to explore taking courses in another country either through a travel course or a semester experience.