About Pace Pleasantville
Pace University’s campus in mid-Westchester County is set on 200 acres of wooded land located at 861 Bedford Road in Pleasantville, NY. The campus is celebrating its 50th anniversary throughout the 2013-2014 academic year.
Officially established in the fall of 1963 after the Marks family donated land, Pace in Westchester has grown to be a leading institution of higher education offering a broad range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
Mr. and Mrs. Marks donated their home and surrounding acreage with an understanding that a copper beech tree near the house would remain undisturbed. The tree remained a focal point of campus until September 2013 when it succumbed to age and disease. A tree planting ceremony is planned to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Pleasantville campus.
Dr. William F. McAloon, who helped oversee the expansion of the Pleasantville campus in the early years, addressed graduates at the Pace commencement in 1972 and spoke of Pace in Westchester County as a “...place of warm human influences that merge into an experience never to be forgotten by our graduates.” These are inspiring words for the theme of the 50th anniversary of the Pleasantville campus: “50 Years, 50,000 Stories.”
Pace has become Westchester County’s largest university and 13th largest employer, providing jobs for 1,242 employees and a quality education to 5,054 students. Pace is the only college in Westchester with a football team.
Work has begun for the University's Master Plan for Pleasantville which will transform and reposition the campus for the next 50 years. The plan includes the construction of two residence halls, a new and enhanced home for the Environmental Center, upgraded athletic facilities, beautifully landscaped pathways, a new central campus green, and expansion of the Kessel Student Center to add dining capacity and more student gathering spaces. For updates on the Master Plan for Pleasantville, visit the web site for the project at: http://paceplvmasterplan.com/welcome.html.
Pace requires students to take a service-learning course. Each year nearly 600 students at Pleasantville enroll in 35 service-learning classes and provide a total of 8,745 hours of service to local organizations. Besides what's required, Pace students volunteer approximately 12,000 extra hours of time for community service.
Pace places 760 interns in Westchester businesses and organizations from our Dyson College of Arts & Sciences, Lubin School of Business and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. In addition, in 2012, 1,603 undergraduate nursing students were placed in clinical settings. During the spring of 2013, 273 Pace graduate students were placed at 104 sites and 38 of those sites were in Westchester. During academic year 2012 – 2013, 176 student teachers were placed in 44 schools.
For the complete history of the Pleasantville campus, compiled by Pace University historian Marilyn Weigold, click here.
Join the Pace Westchester community at one of the many events scheduled to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the campus. Directions to the campus can be found at http://www.pace.edu/about-us/all-about-pace/directions-to-all-campuses/pleasantville-campus.