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Iona College

New Rochelle, New York

Iona College is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence in the tradition of the Christian Brothers and American Catholic higher education. Iona’s students, faculty, staff and administrators embody the values of justice, peace and service. Together, the Iona College community shares a mission to make a positive impact on the lives of others and to move the world.


Iona, located just 20 miles north of Midtown Manhattan, provides students the opportunity to learn in small classes and labs, work with accomplished teachers and scholars, and gain hands-on experience that will transform their views of the world and pave the way to exciting careers.


Equipped with outstanding academic, leadership and practical skills, students graduate from Iona with a true competitive edge. The Iona experience instills in students the confidence to build a successful, meaningful life – and to move the world.


Student Profile

Fall 2014 Enrollment
3,301 undergraduate students
91% of undergrad students are full time
47% male — 53% female
28% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2014-2015 Academic Year
170 full-time faculty
182 part-time faculty
15 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

• 68% of first-year students live on campus
• Iona provides on-campus housing for students, in a variety of attractive living environments including traditional residence halls, suite-style housing and apartments. Students may also opt for off-campus housing after freshman year.
• At Iona, students are offered four meal plan options that provide something for everyone, including hearty pasta, refreshing smoothies, healthy salads, customized sandwiches, coffee and more. Students can also explore the culinary scene of New Rochelle, where more than 22 restaurants along North Avenue accept Iona’s meal plan.
• Iona is committed to the highest level of care and concern for the well-being of students. Iona offers health and wellness services, a counseling center and 24-hour campus security.

School Location

Iona is a private, comprehensive, four-year Catholic college located on more than 45 scenic acres in New Rochelle, N.Y., just 20 miles north of Midtown Manhattan. New York City offers students exposure to world-class internships and career opportunities and is easily accessible from campus through the nearby Metro North train station. Students at Iona are also able to access other nearby cities including Stamford and Newark.

Retention Fall 2014

83% of students began in Fall 2013 and returned in Fall 2014 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate 2014

58% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 2%
Hispanic/Latino 20%
Black or African American 8%
White 58%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 2%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 2%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 7%


Athletic Division: NCAA Division I
# of Varsity Sports: 21

  • Men: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Rowing, Soccer, Swimming & Diving, Track & Field, Water Polo
  • Women: Basketball, Cross Country, Lacrosse, Rowing, Soccer, Softball, Swimming & Diving, Track & Field, Volleyball, Water Polo

Mascot: Killian the Gael
Colors: Maroon and Gold

Academic Programs

Accounting, Biochemistry, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Economics, Education, English, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Finance, French, History, Information Systems, Interdisciplinary Science, International Business, International Studies, Italian, Management, Marketing, Mass Communication, Mathematics, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Public Policy, Religious Studies, Social Work, Sociology, Spanish, Speech Communication Studies, Speech/Language Pathology and Audiology

Undergraduate Minors:

Graduate Programs:

More Distinctions

  • Iona College is one of the most highly accredited institutions in New York with 11 college and program accreditations.

  • Accreditations

    • ACEJMC Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism & Mass Communication – ACEJMC (Department of Mass Communication, Iona College)
    • AACSB Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business- AACSB International (The Hagan School of Business, Iona College)
    • CSWE Council on Social Work Education (Department of Social Work, Iona College)
    • NCATE/CAEP National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education/Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation
    • AAMFT The Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE), the accrediting body of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (Department of Marriage and Family Therapy, Iona College)
    • CRLA College Reading and Learning Association  – CRLA (Samuel Rudin Academic Resource Center, Iona College)
    • ACS The American Chemical Society – ACS (Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, Iona College)
    • ABET Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) (Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Iona College)
    • NASP National Association of School Psychologists – NASP


At Iona, students’ professional experience is just as important as academic requirements. Iona is prepared to help students excel in both areas with faculty and alumni who are eager to assist in finding the right internships and professional connections to move students’ futures forward. According to the Iona Placement Outcomes Report 2012 and 2013, 91 percent of Iona graduates are employed or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation.

Study Abroad

Iona’s Study Abroad programs make it possible and affordable for students to acquire knowledge through direct exposure to different world cultures as reflected in art, architecture, language and history. Iona sponsors a wide variety of ongoing study abroad programs in locations around the world including:

  • Semester programs in Australia and Ireland
  • Summer programs in France, Greece, Italy, England, Spain, Isle of Iona and China
  • Spring Break programs in Auschwitz, Poland
  • Junior Year Abroad in England at Oxford University

Mission & Ministry

The Iona College Office of Mission and Ministry provides students and the community at large with opportunities to build a caring community of faith and compassion through volunteer service, immersion trips, faith-sharing groups, advocacy and social justice groups and more. Students even have the opportunity to serve as Student Ministers. Student Ministers are liaisons between the student body and the Office of Mission and Ministry who help in programming for students and coordinating local service projects.

Local Service Projects

At Iona, serving the greater community is at the heart of the school’s mission. Iona believes that education is a valuable tool to improve the world. Whether planting a tree or volunteering at local soup kitchens, Iona students find that even the smallest acts of kindness and consideration can move the world. Iona students find ways to give back through campus services and through nationally recognized organizations such as: Best Buddies, Habitat for Humanity, Christian Brothers Outreach, Project Family Soup Kitchen and more.

Iona in Mission

The Iona in Mission program offers students once-in-a-lifetime opportunities  to immerse themselves in different cultures and ways of life. Iona in Mission is a way for students to exercise their passion to make a profound difference in the world while testing their knowledge and broadening their experience. These experiences are truly transformative for participants and often enrich and deepen their Iona education.

Research Opportunities

From their first day, Iona students are a part of the school’s mission to move the world through rigorous projects and assignments. Students will work closely with highly acclaimed faculty in order to develop valuable skills for the future. Iona’s independent research opportunities and team projects prepare students to use critical thinking, analytical strategies and creative research techniques to succeed in any career.

Iona College’s dedicated and accomplished faculty members have the academic credentials and the professional experience to deliver an exceptional education to students.  Eighty-five percent of Iona faculty members hold the highest degree in their field. At Iona, students see professors not just as faculty, but as mentors. With a student-faculty ratio of 15-to-1, Iona prides itself on being able to guide each student as he or she pursues individual academic and professional goals.

Endowed Programs

Iona College is committed to endowing academic programs and institutes that are ready to meet the challenges of 21st century higher education. Forthcoming endowed programs include:

  • Business Analytics Institute
  • Institute for Thomas Paine Studies
  • The Center for Faculty Development
  • Honors Program
  • Study Abroad

Endowed Professorships

Endowed professorships allow Iona College to bring in new and support existing experienced faculty to teach. Iona’s first fully endowed professorship – Iona College Board of Trustees Endowed Professor in Science – was recently given to Sunghee Lee, Ph.D., professor of Analytical Chemistry and department chair. Dr. Lee joins Elena Procario-Foley, Ph.D., as a holder of a named professorship at Iona. Dr. Procario-Foley, associate professor of Religious Studies and Religious Studies department chair, was named the Brother John G. Driscoll Professor of Jewish-Catholic Studies in 1998. Iona expects to have more than 10 endowed professorships by 2023.

LaPenta-Lynch Trading Floor

The LaPenta-Lynch Trading Floor in the Hagan School of Business offers students a simulated trading environment featuring 20 high-end networked trading desks and a continuous live data feed from Bloomberg. Students learn firsthand using the same technology and analytic tools used on Wall Street and are able to build and track investment portfolios as if they were on an actual trading floor or in a corporate finance office.

Iona College boasts a vibrant campus life, home to more than 80 different clubs and organizations that evolve to meet the changing needs of the student body. Iona’s calendar is full of performing arts events, speakers, movie and game nights, campus-wide fundraisers, athletic challenges and activities of all kinds. There’s always something happening––and the chance to start something new or unique.

  • Clubs & Organizations
    Iona College’s more than 80 clubs and organizations include Greek letter fraternities and sororities, media organizations, club sports, diversity clubs, special interest and academic clubs.
  • Student Leadership – COMPASS Leadership Series
    This series is open to all students including individuals interested in learning more about themselves as a leader, students who are serving in leadership roles within student organizations, and those students who are interested in exploring their leadership potential. Through participation in workshops, individuals will be exposed to various concepts of leadership that will assist them in becoming more aware of themselves and the role they play within their community, and ultimately enable one to develop their unique leadership style.
  • Diversity & Multiculturalism
    Iona College’s Diversity Committee, under the Division of Student Life, provides programs, support and resources in order to enhance a diversity-positive campus community. The committee engages students in topics that are of particular interest to them and facilitates programs on issues such as race and ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, spiritual identify, offensive language and symbols, and students with disabilities. 

Iona College is one of the most highly accredited institutions in New York with 11 college and program accreditations and a commitment to combining career-focused education with a liberal arts curriculum so students are challenged and prepared for success. Students gain a competitive edge with employers through real-world knowledge, ethics and critical-thinking skills incorporated in every lesson at Iona.

An Iona education will also give students the global exposure needed to succeed in today’s highly competitive world through connections both on- and off-campus.

Throughout students’ academic careers, service-learning projects and internship opportunities at Iona College, they will always have someone who will encourage and challenge them to move the world.


Admissions Fall 2014

7,818 Total Applicants
6,778 Total Admissions
802 Total Freshmen Enrollment

86.70% of applicants admitted

Freshmen Profile Fall 2014

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 460 550
SAT Math 460 560
SAT Writing    
ACT Composite 20 25
ACT Math    
ACT English    
ACT Writing    

Application Deadlines

  • Early Action: December 1
  • Regular Admission: February 15

Application Requirements

  • an application form
  • $50 application fee
  • an official high school transcript sent directly from student’s school
  • SAT or ACT scores sent directly from the College Board, ACT, or on student’s high school transcript
  • a writing sample of student’s choice
  • a letter(s) of recommendation is optional


Net Price Calculator


Tuition $31,880
Fees $2,150
Total $34,030
Room and Board (on campus) $13,570
Estimated Total On Campus $47,600


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

98% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving any financial aid
68% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving student loan aid

$19,586 Average amount of federal state local or institutional grant aid received
$8,403 Average amount of student loan aid received by full-time first-time undergraduates

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