In 1906, the Pace brothers founded the firm of Pace & Pace to operate their schools of accountancy and business. The first class of Pace & Pace was composed of thirteen men and women who were taught by Homer St. Clair Pace and Charles Ashford Pace. Taking a loan of $600, the Pace brothers rented a classroom on one of the floors of the New York Tribune building. Due to rapid growth over the succeeding years, the school was forced to relocate several times around the Lower Manhattan area. The Pace brothers’ school was soon incorporated as Pace Institute.
Pace College petitioned for university status and was granted it in 1973. Shortly thereafter, in 1975, the College of White Plains (formerly known as Good Counsel College) consolidated with Pace and became the White Plains campus which at the time was used to house both undergraduate courses and Pace’s new law school created in that same year.
Now over 100 years old, Pace is a private, metropolitan university located in New York City (the campus is walking distance to well-known New York City sites including Wall Street, World Financial Center, South Street Seaport, Chinatown and Little Italy) and Westchester County with campuses in Pleasantville, Briarcliff Manor, and White Plains.
Pace enrolls approximately 13,500 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in the schools and colleges whose list follows:
The University consists of the following schools each with a graduate and undergraduate division:
The Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts is the principal theatre of Pace University and is located at the University’s New York City campus in Lower Manhattan. Theater productions at Pace have included such stars as Tony Randall, Al Pacino, Steve Buscemi. Pace is also one of the venues for the Tribeca Film Festival, the Tribeca Theater Festival, the River-to-River Festival (New York City’s largest free-to-the-public summer festival), and many others. The Woodward Hall 135-seat theater at the campus at Briarcliff Manor in Westchester is home to the Hudson Stage Company.
Pace’s athletic facilities are highlighted by the 29,000 square foot (6,968 m²) Goldstein Health, Fitness and Recreation Center in Pleasantville, New York, which boasts a 2400-seat arena, eight-lane swimming pool, weight/fitness room, aerobics/dance room, training room, locker rooms, equipment room, meeting rooms, and offices of the athletics department.
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