Pace University

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Pace University Seal

Motto Opportunitas ("Opportunity")
Established 1906
School type Private
President David A. Caputo
Location New York, NY

Pleasantville, NY
Briarcliff Manor, NY
White Plains, NY
New Windsor, NY

Enrollment Total: 14,262

Undergraduate: 8,871

Graduate & professional: 5,391
Faculty 1,130
Campus New York City Campus: Urban,
Westchester Campuses: Suburban
Athletics 19 sports teams
Mascot Setter
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Pace logo

See also: Pace University High School

Pace University is a private co-educational comprehensive university with campuses located in New York City and throughout Westchester County and the Hudson Valley in New York State. Pace was founded by two brothers, Homer S. Pace and Charles A. Pace, in 1906 primarily as a business school for men and women.

The current university consists of two colleges (the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences & the Pforzheimer Honors College), five schools (Lubin School of Business, the School of Computer Science and Information Systems, the School of Education, the School of Law, and the Lienhard School of Nursing), and an institute (the World Trade Institute, formerly in the World Trade Center).

The Environmental Law program in the School of Law is very well-known and has received national accolades from the annual report on law schools done by the magazine US News and World Report. Similarly, the accounting program for the Lubin School of Business (on both the Bachelor's Degree and MBA levels) is considered to be fairly prestigious and high caliber.

Pace is home to the National Actors Theatre founded by Tony Randall.

The sixth and current president is Dr. David A. Caputo, former president of CUNY-Hunter College.



In 1906, the first class of the Pace School of Accountancy was composed of ten men and three women who were taught accounting and business law by Homer Pace and Charles Ashford Pace. Taking a loan of $600 the Pace brothers rented a classroom in a building located in the New York Tibune building, today the site of the Pace Plaza building. Due to rapid growth over the next several years, the school was forced to relocate several times.

In 1948, Pace received college status from the New York Board of Regents. In 1951, the college expanded to the old headquarters of the New York Times at 41 Park Row in Lower Manhattan. In 1963 Pace had land and buildings signed over to it by the Pace Trustee Wayne Marks, then President of General Foods, and his wife, Helen. This led to the establishment of the Pleasantville Campus.

In 1966 the New York Tribune building at 154 Nassau Street was demolished to make way for a new Pace building next to the former location. The State Education Department approved Pace College's petition for university status in 1973. Shortly after in 1975, Pace acquired the College of White Plains, which is the current site of the Law School Campus. Briarcliff College was acquired in 1977. Finally in 1997, Pace purchased the World Trade Institute.

Notable alumni

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Dyson Hall, Pleasantville Campus

List of Pace campuses

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Mortola Library, Pleasantville campus.

New York City Campus

Downtown Campus: The primary NYC building is located in downtown Manhattan at One Pace Plaza, directly across from New York City Hall, and adjacent to Brooklyn Bridge. It houses most of the classrooms and an 18th floor tower residence hall, it is also home to many administrative offices such as financial aid and the registar. 41 Park Row is the former headquarters of the New York Times and today houses many faculty offices, the University's bookstore, as well as some classrooms. 163 Williams Street and 161 Williams Street was acquired by Pace following the September 11 attacks, to make up for space lost in the World Trade Center that housed the Pace University's World Trade Institute. 163 Williams Street houses the World Trade Institute as well as offices of the School of Computer Science & Information Systems and other classrooms. There are also various dorm buildings spread out throughout the downtown area.

Midtown Center: Pace also offers classes at the art deco Fred F. French Building located at 551 5th Avenue in midtown Manhattan. This is a popular location for students commuting from the borough of Queens. This location is often used for Graduate level courses.

Westchester campuses

Pleasantville/Briarcliff Campus: A total of over 200 acres (800,000 m²) in Westchester County in Pleasantville and Briarcliff Manor, New York. The Briarcliff facility was added in 1977, when Pace acquired Briarcliff College. Frequent shuttle service is provided between the two locations.

White Plains Campus: The site of the Pace University School of Law and The Evelyn & Joseph I. Lubin Graduate Center, it offers programs in business, public administration, and computer science. The campus is located several blocks from the White Plains Station of the Metro North railroad.

Hudson Valley Center

Located in Orange County, New York at 33 Airport Center Drive in New Windsor, New York, the Hudson Valley Center offers programs in international trade, nursing, writing, and other subjects.

List of schools and colleges


Pace's sports teams are called the Setters; the University's mascot is the Setter. Pace University sponsors 19 intercollegiate varsity sports. Pace's affiliations include the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA - Division II), Northeast-10 Conference, and Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC). The school's official colors are blue and gold.

Pace's athletic facilities are highlighted by the Goldstein Fitness Center, which boasts a 2,400 seat arena, eight-lane swimming pool, weight/fitness room, aerobics/dance room, training room, locker rooms, equipment room, meeting rooms, offices of the athletics department and the university's health care center.

Pace's Alma Mater

Alma Mater, hearts and voices sing to thee our everlasting praise;
Each and every heart rejoices at the thought of happy days.
Pace, Oh Pace, we'll ne'er forget you, nor the friends we hold so dear;
Memories will linger ever and will brighten coming years.
Alma Mater, stand forever, love is strong as we go marching by;
So thee, we raise our voices with your standard held on high.
Pace, Oh Pace, we'll ever follow where thy beacons show the way;
True to thee we'll be forever as we labor day by day.

- Ivan Fox '54 </center>

Further reading

Weigold, Marilyn E. Opportunitas: The History of Pace University. New York, NY: University Press of America, 1991.

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