One Pace Plaza
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Founded in 1906 as a small private accounting school - its first class including just 13 students, meeting in a rented room - Pace has grown into a major university that prepares students for a wide range of professions. Although it boasts a law school in White Plains, an environmental center in Pleasantville, and international programs on four continents, Pace has never lost sight of its roots: a school offering innovation and opportunity to a student body drawn from the strivers among each new generation of New Yorkers.
On "Newspaper Row"
Pace University has been located near Park Row - once known as "Newspaper Row" because of the many newspaper headquarters there - since the Pace brothers rented their first classroom at 154 Nassau Street, home of the old New York Tribune
The Pace Brothers
Homer St. Clair Pace, preparing for a certified public accountant exam, found "very little and very poor instruction along these lines" - an extraordinary lack here in the country's financial center. Seeing and opportunity, Homer and his brother Charles borrowed $600 to open a one-classroom business school. Pace University - that classroom's descendant, now expanded into multiple campuses, not to mention Pace global centers in China, Brazil and Italy - recently celebrated its hundredth anniversary.
Pace's student body has been effortlessly diverse from its beginnings. The first class of 13 included three women - 17 years before the constitutional amendment granted women the vote in 1920 - and students of color joined the Pace community early in its history. Over the decades, countless Pace students - including newcomers from across the country and around the world - have been the first in their family to attend college.