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Briarcliff Almanac: Pace University

With campuses in Pleasantville, Briarcliff, White Plains and Manhattan, Pace University is a large university that serves about 13,500 students in undergraduate and graduate programs.

Pace's Briarcliff campus has four dormitories that house about 565 students, but the university's long-term plan is to sell its 30-acre Briarcliff campus and to enlarge its Pleasantville dormitories by about 700 beds.

"It just makes more sense to have everybody together rather than 10 minutes away with shuttle buses," spokesperson Cara Cea said. "If we have an interested buyer, we'll sell the Briarcliff property and build new dorms on the Pleasantville campus to consolidate."

While there are no classes held on its Briarcliff campus, Pace's Pleasantville campus serves thousands of students attending classes in five schools: the Dyson College of Arts and Science, the College of Health Professions that trains nurses and physicians' assistants, the Lubin Business School, the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, and the School of Education.

Students can obtain Bachelor's, Master's or Doctorate degrees at Pace.

The Pace Pleasantville campus also offers an environmental center where exotic animals and birds of prey are kept. Aside from serving Pace students, about 2,500 local school children visit the center every year, Cea said.

Drama is a big part of Pace's Manhattan campus, and a professional theater company, Hudson Stage, is housed on the university's Briarcliff campus. Rather than producing well-known plays and musicals, the theater is dedicated to discovering, developing and producing unique plays written by pioneering writers.

Pace also has a significant athletic program. The Pleasantville campus has a baseball, football and equestrian team, among others, and it houses the Goldstein Health and Fitness Center, built in 2002.

The Kessel student center on the Pleasantville campus is a hub for over 30 programs and clubs, ranging from the Accounting Society to the Black Student Association to the WPAW Radio Station. With a renovated cafeteria, it often serves as a venue for concerts and other events.

Pace was founded in 1902 by two brothers, Homer and Charles Pace. It originally served as a business school for men and women, and later expanded into a liberal arts university. The Pleasantville campus was established in 1963 using land and buildings donated by Pace alumni and trustee Wayne Marks, the former president of General Foods, and his wife, Helen.

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