Hi - My daughter is a current freshman in the FTVC program and absolutely loves it.
I’ll try to give you guys some information, but I only know what she chooses to tell me, so I am by no means an expert.
The current freshman class in FTVC is 28 and they have all been together in classes in NYC (as in, no one chose to stay home and do online classes in the FTVC program). My girl is having an absolute blast. She raves about all her FTVC instructors/professors and even her academic advisor. Some of the classes have been held virtually on occasion, but most have been in person.
The FTVC group has gone out around NYC to sightsee (in smaller groups, not all 28 at once that I know of) and they do meet up in the evenings too. NYC is definitely not “normal” right now, but that doesn’t seem to have slowed down the group. They also socialize with the other Pace Performing Arts groups. There does not seem to be any rivalry between the majors (we had seen some of that at other schools she auditioned at).
If you get accepted Pace will set up accepted student Zoom calls to talk to the current students and faculty. They did an great job connecting and communicating last year.
Break a leg to everyone who is auditioning! Pace FTVC is an excellent program.