Panther Access, Connection and Engagement Program

The Panther Access, Connection and Engagement (PACE) program is a transition and support opportunity for incoming University of Northern Iowa undergraduate students.

PACE was established as UNI’s alternative to the federally funded TRIO/Student Support Services program. The purpose of the PACE program is to:

  • Assist in your transition to college and to build a foundation for your success
  • Support the development of your purpose and place to establish a sense of belonging
  • Foster positive interactions and support in a new learning environment
  • Facilitate your personal understanding, motivation, and advocacy

The PACE program provides a TRIO transition opportunity for individuals who have participated in pre-college (Upward Bound, Educational Opportunity Centers, Educational Talent Search, and GEAR UP) and college-level Student Support Services programs

Who should RSVP for the PACE program?

To participate in the PACE program, an individual must be admitted to UNI as an undergraduate student either as a new from high school or transfer student. All students must complete the PACE program RSVP to be considered for participation. 

The PACE Program RSVP requests:

  • Basic demographic information
  • Types of assistance you as a new student are interested in receiving
  • Responses to the following short-answer questions:
    • What interests you about the PACE program?
    • How do you think the PACE program can contribute to your success at UNI?

Priority RVSP for each semester is the Friday of the first week of classes.  RSVPs received after this date will be considered on a case-by-case basis or referred to other campus resources.

Incoming students are identified for PACE program invitations based upon a combination of the following factors:

  • Pell Grant-eligibility
  • First-generation status
  • Previous TRIO participant
  • Underrepresented Students
  • Jump Start participant
  • Other academic success factors
  • Students referred by faculty or staff

If you are unable to access the PACE RSVP, have questions, or want additional information about the PACE program, contact Nick Sullivan at 319-273-3406 or

Frequently Asked Questions


Please contact Nick Sullivan at or 319-273-3406 with any additional questions.