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Iona College

New Rochelle, New York

In the tradition of the Christian Brothers and American Catholic higher education, Iona College is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence. 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 experiences that transform their views of the world and pave the way to exciting careers.


Iona at a Glance



Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
3,271 undergraduate students
90% of undergrad students are full time
49% male — 51% female
25% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
174 full-time faculty
170 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.

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Retention Fall 2015

77% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2015

66% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 2%
Hispanic/Latino 20%
Black or African American 8%
White 56%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 2%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 1%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 10%


Athletic Division: NCAA Division I

21 Varsity Sports
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

Other Information

Iona offers numerous Pre-Professional Programs. For students interested in a career in law, Iona offers a Joint degree/Early Assurance program with Seton Hall University Law School. For students interested in the medical field, Iona offers a Joint Degree Program in Dentistry and Pharmacy with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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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

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Graduate Programs:

More Distinctions

  • Iona College is one of the most highly accredited institutions in New York with 10 college and program accreditations.

  • Accredited by ACEJMC Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism & Mass Communication – ACEJMC (Department of Mass Communication, Iona College)

  • Accredited by AACSB Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business – AACSB International (The Hagan School of Business, Iona College)

  • Accredited by CSWE Council on Social Work Education (Department of Social Work, Iona College)

  • Accredited by NCATE/CAEP National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education/Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation

  • Accredited by 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)

  • Accredited by CRLA College Reading and Learning Association  – CRLA (Samuel Rudin Academic Resource Center, Iona College)

  • Accredited by ACS The American Chemical Society – ACS (Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, Iona College)

  • Accredited by ABET Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) (Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Iona College)

  • Accredited by NASP National Association of School Psychologists – NASP

  • Accredited by the Middle States Association

Study Abroad

Iona’s Study Abroad programs make it possible and affordable for students to get exposure to different world cultures. Iona sponsors a wide variety of ongoing study abroad programs in locations around the world, including:

  • Semester programs in Ireland; and Passport Western Europe Semester in three cities: Dublin, Barcelona, and Rome
  • Summer programs in France, Italy, England, and Spain
  • Spring Break programs in Italy and Poland

Mission & Ministry

The 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. Selected students help develop programming for students and coordinate 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.

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 passions to make profound differences in the world while testing their knowledge and broadening their experiences. These experiences are truly transformative for participants and often enrich and deepen their Iona education.


From their first day on campus, Iona students are a part of the school’s mission to move the world through rigorous projects and assignments.

Students 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.

For an example of Iona’s research projects in chemistry, see:

Iona College’s dedicated and accomplished faculty members have the academic credentials and the professional experience to deliver an exceptional education to students. Eighty-nine 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 16-to-1, Iona prides itself on being able to guide each student as he or she pursues individual academic and professional goals.

New Core Curriculum

In Fall 2016, Iona introduced a new core curriculum, which provides a common learning experience that prepares its students for ethical, engaged citizenship and lifelong learning through the lenses of diversity, sustainability, and a global perspective. Framed by the values of peace, justice, civic engagement, and service, the content-rich, interdisciplinary liberal arts curriculum is cohesively structured and characterized by an emphasis on critical thinking and literacy in its many forms. The dynamic core promotes the use of high-impact educational practices and is designed to foster deep learning experiences that support students in their pursuit of the knowledge and skills needed to thrive.


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

Endowed programs include:

  • Business Analytics Institute
  • Center for Financial Market Studies
  • Center for Health Care Analytics
  • Cyber Security Program
  • Dolce Postdoctoral Psychology Fellowship
  • Executive-in-Residence Program
  • Honors Program
  • Institute for Thomas Paine Studies
  • Mission and Ministry
  • NSF S-Stem: Iona Development of Excellence in Science Through Intervention, Resilience & Enrichment
  • Speech, Language & Hearing Clinic
  • Sports & Entertainment Management Center
  • Study Abroad Program


Endowed professorships allow Iona College to bring in new faculty 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.


The LaPenta-Lynch Trading Floor in the 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 recently announced plans for a new state-of-the-art facility which will double the size of the School of Business and will include an expanded LaPenta-Lynch Trading Floor.

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, lectures and readings, movie and game nights, campus-wide fundraisers, athletic challenges, and activities of all kinds. There’s always something happening, giving everyone 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

The COMPASS Leadership Series is open to all students, including individuals who are interested in learning more about leadership, students already acting as leaders, and students who are interested in exploring their leadership potential. Through their participation in workshops, individuals are exposed to various concepts of leadership that assist them in becoming more aware of themselves and the roles they play within their community. Ultimately, COMPASS enables students to develop their unique leadership styles.

Diversity & Multiculturalism

Iona College’s Diversity Committee 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, establishing programs that assess issues such as race and ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, spiritual identify, offensive language and symbols, and students with disabilities.

Challenged to move the world

Iona College is one of the most highly accredited institutions in New York with 10 college and program accreditations. Iona has a commitment to combining a career-focused education with a liberal arts curriculum, challenging and preparing students for success. Students gain a competitive edge with employers through real-world knowledge, ethics, and critical-thinking skills. An Iona education also gives students the global exposure needed to succeed in today’s highly competitive world. Throughout students’ academic careers, service-learning projects, and internships, they always have someone to encourage and challenge them to move the world.


Iona College recognizes the importance of combining work experience with academic learning to prepare students to successfully pursue careers after graduation. Iona’s close proximity to New York City, its network of 40,000+ alumni, and its strong ties to companies throughout the tristate area provide unlimited opportunities for internship placements.


Admissions Fall 2015

9,587 Total Applicants 
8,744 Total Admissions 
842 Total Freshman Enrollment

91.21% of applicants admitted

Freshman Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 450 550
SAT Math 440 550
SAT Writing    
ACT Composite 20 25
ACT Math    
ACT English    
ACT Writing    


Net Price Calculator


Tuition $33,124
Fees $2,200
Total $35,324
Room and Board (on campus) $13,980
Estimated Total On Campus $49,304


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

98% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded any financial aid
67% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded student loan aid

$19,975 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid awarded
$8,233 Average amount of student loan aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduates

Financial Aid Information

Iona College strives to meet the financial needs of every student. Need is determined by the information provided on the Free Application for Financial Aid (FAFSA). All students are considered for merit-based scholarships, which are awarded regardless of need.

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