Pathways at Pace University

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Pace University

Pace University – New York City

For more than 100 years, Pace University has been committed to preparing students from all over the globe to to become leaders in their fields by providing an education that combines exceptional academics with professional experience, plus an open door to all the advantages of studying, working, and living in the New York City metropolitan area. Well-known and highly respected, Pace University is a private metropolitan university which enrolls more than 12,700 students in bachelors, masters, and doctoral programs in the Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, College of Health Professions, School of Education, and School of Law.

  • Location: New York City, NY
  • Established: 1906
  • Type: Tier 1 Private University
  • Student Population: Undergraduate 7,807  Graduate 4,897
  • Areas of Strength: Accounting, Biology, Chemistry, Communications, Computer Science, Economics, Finance, Information Systems, International Management, Marketing, Psychology
  • University Ranking: Ranked #170 among Top National US Universities by US News and World Report

Pace University Global Pathways Program

Global Pathways students can enter a degree program at this highly ranked public university in New York City through one of these pathways:

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Pathways Programs

Pace University – Global Pathways

The Pace University Pathways program is your first step toward earning a Bachelor’s and/or Master’s degree from a highly ranked US University located in the heart of New York City.  Pathways students will take part in college level English preparation courses while completing academic coursework toward their program of study.

UNDERGRADUATE Global Pathways program

Students enter through Pathways on a 1-3 term program, before progressing to a university Bachelor’s degree.

  • Over 45 different Bachelor’s degree majors including Accounting, Art, Biology, Chemistry, Communications, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Finance, Hospitality & Tourism Management, International Management, Marketing, Psychology and more.
  • Pathways courses include 7-17 undergraduate degree credits
  • Progression to Advance Freshman status of Bachelors degree with 1/2 semester to 1 semester completed.

GRADUATE Global Pathways program

Students enter through Pathways on a 1-3 term program, before progressing to a university Master’s degree.

  • Top ranked MBA, MS, MA, and MPA degree programs in Accounting, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Finance, Information Systems, Investment Management, Human Resource Management, Media & Communication Arts, Public Administration, Software Engineering & Development, and more.
  • Pathways courses include 3-9 Academic graduate degree credits
  • Progression to Masters degree program at Pace University.

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Highlights and Ranking

Why study at Pace University? 

A Top Ranked American University!  

  • #1 in the state of New York and Top 10 in the U.S. for Internship placements by U.S. News & World Report
  • One of Top 20 ‘colleges that will make you rich’ by Forbes Magazine 
  • One of Top 50 ‘Colleges in the U.S. whose graduates have the Highest Salary Potential’ by BusinessWeek Magazine
  • Pace’s MBA program is ranked #2 for the number of graduates employed after graduation by U.S. News & World Report
  • Pace’s Lubin School of Business ranked among the Best Business programs in the 2011 “Best College” by U.S. News and World Report 
  • One of Top 100 Entrepreneurial Colleges and Universities in the United States for 3 consecutive years by Entrepreneur Magazine
  •  Top Model United Nations program with 61 years of Model U.N. success including the most awards in a Model U.N. Conference in Toronto in 2011.

Pace University Alumni network!

  • Ivan G. Seidenberg – Chairman of the Board, Verizon – Pace University’s “Seidenberg School of Computer Science & Information Systems” is named for his service as a trustee.
  • Philip Bleser – CEO, Global Corporate Bank – North American, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • William C. Nelson – Chairman and CEO of HBO
  • Frank A. Calderoni – EVP & CFO, Cisco System, Inc.
  • Paula L. Summa – General Manager of
  • Melvin Karmazin – CEO Sirius Satellite Radio
  • Joseph Ianniello – EVP & CFO, CBS, Inc.
  • MaryAnn Fappiano – Managing Director and Head of Americas Operations, Societe Generale
  • William D. McGrath – Chief Information Officer, AOL
  • Jane Lewis-Corwin – New York State Assemblywoman
  • Colin S. Tam – CEO, AEI Asia
  • Jose Luis Castro – Director of Finance & Development, International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease

New York City is one of the biggest and best cities in the world!

Pace University’s New York City campus is directly adjacent to the Manhattan entrance ramp of the Brooklyn Bridge and across from New York City Hall.  Pace is also walking distance to world famous sites including:

  • Wall Street
  • World Trade Center
  • World Financial Center
  • South Street Seaport
  • Chinatown

Students are just a short subway or boat ride away from all the other New York City landmarks, including:

  • Times Square
  • Empire State Building
  • SOHO
  • Statue of Liberty
  • Ellis Island
  • Central Park
  • Brooklyn Heights

New York is one of the greatest cities to ride the subway, which you can take to any one of these popular New York City stops to get to the Pace University campus:

  • Fulton Street
  • Brooklyn Bridge
  • City Hall


Located in New York City

New York, widely known as the Big Apple, is home to America’s most populous and exciting city. As an art, business, finance, and cultural capital, New York offers a wide array of activities and entertainment, as well as opportunities for education and development. From the architectural wonders of the Empire State building to the artistic creations in the Guggenheim Museum and across the Hudson to the trademark of freedom – the Statue of Liberty, New York City has been an inspiration to some of the greatest entrepreneurs, entertainers, and leaders in the world.

New York City Facts

  • City: New York
  • State: New York
  • Population: 19 million metro area Global Pathways International Program America
  • Elevation: 300 meters
  • Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time
  • Average Winter temperature: 35 F / -2 C
  • Average Summer temperature: 83 F / 28 C
  • Airports: JFK, LaGuardia, Newark
  • Public Transit: MTA Subways and Commuter Trains
  • Professional Sports: New York Yankees, New York Mets, New York Giants, New York Jets, New York Rangers, New York Knicks
  • Major industries: Banking & Finance, Hospitality & Tourism, Real Estate, Information Technology, Marketing & Advertising, Media
  • Top Employers: JP Morgan Chase, Verizon, American Express, Pfizer, Citigroup, MetLife, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Time-Warner, Viacom, News Corporation


Student Housing

Off Campus Residence Halls

Global Pathways New York HousingSt. George Clark Residence

Enjoy living in the historic Brooklyn Heights district just a few minutes away from Pace’s main campus area. The St. George is only two blocks from Montague Street, well known for its restaurants, shopping, and cultural activities. The property adjoins the Weller Wing of the building and shares access to a convenient student lounge, fitness center, and laundry facilities. The rooms in this leased property include bedroom furnishings, private bath, and refrigerator, Cable-TV with DVD player, and High-Speed Internet access.  The St. George residence is located in the same complex as the 2/3 express train that runs straight through the center of Manhattan, and is just one stop from Wall Street and two stops away from Fulton Street – 2 blocks away from Pace.

  • Type of accommodation. Basic furnished twin rooms with private bath.
  • Meals. Global Pathways Residence New YorkNo meals plan is provided. There are many restaurants and grocery stores in the area.
  • Kitchen/cooking facilities. The residence has a communal kitchen facility for students to use. It is equipped with stove top, microwaves, convection ovens. No utensils, cookware or individual storage spaces are provided.
  • Rooms. Each room has bed with dresser drawers below, desk, storage space, TV, and mini fridge.
  • Bathrooms. Rooms include private bathrooms (the two students in the room share the 1 bathroom).
  • Utilities. Electricity, gas and water are included in the accommodation fee. The Electrical Current is 110/120 volts. Students from some countries will require a transformer or adaptor.
  • Internet and phone. Free high-speed internet access in all rooms.
  • Laundry. A laundry facility is provided on the basement floor. The cost per load is $2 to wash and $2 to dry.
  • Security and keys. Security cards and keys are provided on arrival. ThGlobal Pathways Residence New Yorke building also has security guards and CCTV operating.
  • Bed linen and towels. Bed linens are provided. Students are responsible for washing them. Students must bring their own towels.
  • Deposit. Credit card information will be taken upon arrival. Charges will be made if there is damage, loss, a smoking violation or extra cleaning to be paid for on the student’s departure.
  • Visitors.Visitors are allowed during the day. To arrange for an overnight stay, please contact the front desk.
  • Noise and restrictions. Students are requested to be considerate to their neighbors and keep noise levels to a minimum, especially after 10 pm., Smoking in rooms is not allowed.
  • Age Limit. Minimum age is 17.Global Pathways Residence New York






General FAQs 

  1. Application and Admissions
  2. Classes and Academics Instruction
  3. Applying for your Visa
  4. Campus and Student Life
  5. Internship and Work Placements
  6. School Fees and Living Expenses

1. Application and Admissions

What is the minimum entry requirements to apply to this program?

  • Undergraduate applicants must have a minimum GPA Global Pathways New York FAQ3.0, and TOEFL 65 or IELTS 6.0.
  • Graduate applicants for degree programs in Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Technology must have a minimum GPA 3.0, and TOEFL 65 or IELTS 6.0.
  • Graduate applicants for degree programs in Dyson College of Arts and Science must have a minimum GPA 3.0, GRE 1000 (combined), and TOEFL 65 or IELTS 6.0. (note: Media and Communication Arts majors will require a minimum TOEFL 80 or IELTS 6.5).
  • Graduate applicants for degree programs in Lubin School of Business must have a minimum GPA 3.0, GMAT 510 or GRE 1000 (combined), and TOEFL 80 or IELTS 6.5.

How do I calculate and convert my grades into the US GPA point system?

The USA point systems is based on a 4.0 scale, so you can assume the following estimates

  • 4.0-3.3 is similar to an A (excellent) grade.
  • 3.2-2.8 is similar to a B (good) grade.
  • 2.7-2.3 is similar to a C (average) grade.
  • 2.0 or under is consider a ‘non-passing’ (fail) grade.

We also recommend that you get a ‘grade scale’ from your high school or university that helps explain how to measure your grades, when submiting your transcripts to us.

Are there websites to help convert my grades to the American GPA point scale?

What documents are required for my application?

  • Original official copy of English proficiency test score (IELTS, TOEFL)
  • Official transcript(s) translated into English for all academic institutions, including high school(s) and Universities, attended (original and translation of your grades from all schools attended)
  • Personal statement (required for all programs)
  • Two letters of reference translated into English (original and translation)
  • Curriculum Vitae/resume (required for master’s degree, optional for Undergraduate)
  • Copy of passport
  • Completed Pace University Financial Affidavit for International Students form with supporting documentation (bank statement/letter or scholarship letter)
  • Copy of official GRE or GMAT scores (if required). If you decide to submit the GRE or GMAT score, please also include the breakdown of your scores

Can I apply if I am already in the USA and would like to transfer to Global Pathways at Pace University?

If you already have a valid F-1 or J-1 visa, complete Transfer Recommendation Form, and provide copies of I-94 and I-20 or DS-2019 from previous school(s).

How and where should I send these application documents to?

Please send your application documents by email to attached by zip file in Word Doc or PDF format.

After submitting my application, how long should I expect to wait for my admission decision? 

Admission decision will be issued within 10-15 business days from the receipt of your ‘completed’ application package.  You must submit all your documents completed in full to our Global Pathways office at for an admission decision.  Incomplete or missing documents will not be processed and may result in delays with your admission decision.

How much do I need to pay to apply to the Global Pathways program?

There is absolutely no cost to apply.  Fees will only be collected once you have been admitted to the program and issued a form I-20.

2. Classes and Academic Instruction

Where will I study on the Global Pathways program?

Classes are held at the Pace University New York City campus in lower Manhattan.

Is Global Pathways a separate program from regular Pace University courses?

You will be splitting your time learning English with international students and studying Academic credit courses with mainstream Pace University students. All classes will be held Pace University’s New York City campus and you will have access to many of the same resources as Pace’s mainstream degree students.

What is the average class size?

Classes are typically small, 10-20 students in size, so you can get more personalized support and attention in preparation for your degree program.  Additionally, every professor will host open office hours when you can meet one-on-one to discuss your coursework.

Will I earn credits toward my degree on Global Pathways?

Undergraduate students on Global Pathways will earn between 7-17 academic credits that can be applied to your Bachelor’s degree program at Pace University.

Graduate students on Global Pathways will earn between 3-9 academic credits that can be applied to your Master’s degree program at Pace University.

How will I know which Academic courses to take for my degree?

All Global Pathways students will work with a Pace University Academic Advisor to help advise you on the courses you need to earn your degree.

What are my options if I do not successfully complete my Global Pathways program?

If you are unable to complete your Global Pathways program due to insufficient English, you can retake an extra class or term of Global Pathways to reach your English progression requirement.  However, if you are unable to complete your Global Pathways program due to poor Academic records or for failing your coursework, then you may be expelled from the Global Pathways program and lose your conditional admission to Pace University’s degree program.

3. Applying for your Visa

What type of visa will I be issued?

Students admitted to our Global Pathways program will be issued an I-20 form by Pace University, which the U.S. Consulate/Embassy will require to issue a F-1 student visa. You must present the I-20, along with a few other pieces of information (e.g. your passport) to the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

Where can I find additional information about this visa?

How much time will it take for me to receive my F-1 student visa?

The time frame to receive your F-1 student visa varies from country to country and from US Consulate to Consulate.  To be safe, we recommend that you give yourself 4-6 weeks from the date of your visa interview to receive your F-1 student visa.  Please also keep in mind that scheduling a visa appointment at your local US Consulate/Embassy may take an additional 4-8 weeks.

4. Campus and Student Life

How would you describe the campus and student life at Pace University?

Pace University is an “urban” campus in the middle of one of the biggest metropolitan cities in the world.  The city of New York offers students many opportunity to apply their Pace education in and out of the campus.  Upon completion of your Global Pathways program, Pace degree students can also choose to study outside of the city (45 km north of Manhattan) and have a more typical student campus life on Pace’s Westchester campus.

What sort of activities, recreation, and student clubs does Pace University offer?

As a Global Pathways student, you will have access to all Pace University activities, recreation, student clubs and resources.

For Recreation, you will have access to Pace’s Civic Center Gymnasium and join Intramural sports leagues like Basketball or Volleyball.

For Activities and Student Clubs, you will have access to Pace’s Student Development and Campus Activities and get involved with Student Leadership or join a student organization like Pace’s Finance Club or Law Society.

How many international students attend Pace University?

Pace is international with more than 90 countries represented and a 10% international student population.

Will I have access to the internet on campus?

As a Global Pathways student, you will have access to wireless internet anywhere on Pace University’s New York City campus including cafes, dining halls, library, gym, student union, and all classrooms.

What sort of housing will I be offerred while I participate on Pathways at Pace University?

We offer off campus residence halls to Global Pathways students in Brooklyn near the Pace University’s New York City campus, as well as the option to stay with host families.

What sort of public transportation is available to Pace students?

New York City has one of the best public transportation systems in the world.  There many options to ride the public bus or take the metro to commute to school and visit New York City’s popular sites.   There are metro stops within walking distance to Pace University at Broadway-Nassau St./Fulton St. Station and Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall Station.

5. Internship and Work Placements

Am I allowed to do paid work on a student visa while I study at Pace University?


International students studying at Pace University on a F-1 visa can do paid work while they are matriculated in their degree program and have been enrolled full-time for one full academic year (two consecutive academic semesters).  On campus work is permitted up to 20 hours per week while on your F-1 student visa.  Also off campus work related to your field of study are permitted on a CPT, where students can do a 4-12 month internship with local companies in New York City.


Internships and on-campus jobs are not available to Pathways students during the time they are in the 1-3 semester Pathways program.

What sort of internship opportunities can I expect through Pace University?

Pace University is ranked in the top 10 nationally and #1 in the state of New York for internships.  Pace students have the advantage of being located in the center of New York City just a short distance to many Fortune 500 companies like JP Morgan Chase, UBS, Barclay’s, Verizon, United Nations, Kraft, Mount Sinai Medical Center, AOL, Sony, Disney, and MTV for internships.

Can the internship be paid?  And how much do Pace students typically earn on their internships?

More than 50% internships were paid.The average internship hourly salary for bachelor degree candidates was $15.31; master degree candidates $16.62.

Can I stay in the USA to work after I complete my degree program at Pace University?

International students on a F-1 visa are eligible to stay and work up to 12 months on a OPT after completing your degree program (and up to 18 months for students who study Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics majors).  2-3 months prior to the completion of your degree program, you can work with Pace’s Career Service Center to located a job related to your field of study and prepare your documents for your OPT status.

Is there any job placement assistance from Pace when I graduate?

Pace’s Career Service Center can provide you with assistance in your job placement through individual counseling, seminars, career development workshops, career fairs and collaborative programs with faculty, alumni and employers.  Over 300 employers participate annually in recruitment fairs organized by Pace University, and more than 1800 employers post over 4000 job opportunities through Pace’s Career Service Center.

7. School Fees and Living Expenses

Are there any additional University Fees that are not included in my tuition cost?  And are these fees optional?

In addition to your Tuition, you will also be responsible for paying for Universiy Fees that cover non-academic cost such as Activities and Recreation Fees, International Student Fees, and Health Services and Insurance Fees.  These fees are mandatory, with the exception of Health Insurance which maybe waived if you present your own insurance coverage that meets the minimum requirement for all Pace University students.  Please budget approximately $2000 per academic year for these additional University Fees.  For more information, please review Pace’s Financial Affidavit (click here to download).

How much should I budget for books and school supplies?

Cost for books and supplies can vary depending on the courses you take.  Since books and supplies are not included in your Tuition fee, we suggest that you budget approximately $800-$1200 per academic year for books and supplies.

How much should I budget for housing and transportation?

Cost for housing and transportation can vary depending on where you live and how far you must travel to school.  Since housing and transportation are not included in your Tuition fee, we suggest that you budget approximately $15,500-$20,500 per academic year for your living expenses.

What other living expenses should I keep in mind?

Living in New York City offers many opportunities to experience culture and entertainment.  You should budget yourself for these experiences, as well as plan for unexpected cost that arise while you are in the USA studying.  Since these personal expenses are not included in your Tuition fee, we suggest that you budget approximately $2000-$4000 per academic year for these costs.

Is living in New York City affordable? 

As you’ll find in all large cities around the globe, New York City’s general cost of living can be high.  However, there are many options available for housing and dining, depending on whether you choose to live in an off-campus residence hall or in an apartment with other people.  If you prefer the latter option, Pace University’s lower Manhattan location is a convenient subway ride away from more affordable housing in the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens.  You might also find a good situation in the East Village or Alphabet City neighborhoods in Manhattan.  There are also plenty of options for groceries, from supermarkets to neighborhood markets.


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