Iona College


Enrollment: 3,314.

Student Body: 56% female, 44% male, 22% out-of-state, 1% international (35 countries represented). Asian 2%, African American 5%, Caucasian 67%, Hispanic 12%.

Retention and Graduation: 85% freshmen return for sophomore year. 50% freshmen graduate within 4 years. 70% grads go on to further study within 1 year. 36% grads pursue arts and sciences degrees. 6% grads pursue law degrees. 25% grads pursue business degrees. 3% grads pursue medical degrees.

Faculty: Student/faculty ratio 13:1. 183 full-time faculty, 92% hold PhDs, 14% are members of minority groups, 34% are women.


Degrees: Bachelor’s, masters, post-bachelor’s certificate, post-master’s certificate.

Classes: Most classes have 20-29 students. Most lab/discussion sessions have 10-19 students.

Majors with Highest Enrollment: finance; mass communication/media studies; psychology.

Special Study Options: Accelerated program, distance learning, double major, honors program, independent study, internships, liberal arts/career combination, study abroad, teacher certification program, weekend college.

Honors programs: The Iona College Honors Degree Program is designed to meet the educational needs of the ablest and most highly motivated students at Iona. Grounded in a challenging curriculum, the program offers gifted students the resources and opportunities to develop their talents and to perform at the peak of their capabilities. The course of study is designed to develop intellectual curiosity, analytic abilities, and awareness of ethical and civic responsibilities. The program encourages the development of a nucleus of independent learners able to inspire each other academically and fosters a sense of self-respect in students, encouraging them to stretch their abilities in pursuit of lifelong learning, independent thinking, and personal fulfillment. The Honors Degree Program seeks to establish a core academic community that enriches and serves the wider college community. The program endeavors to create an intellectual atmosphere to attract and challenge superior students and faculty and to enhance the public image of the College by promoting the concept of excellence in education. The curriculum promotes an appreciation and understanding of the interrelatedness of knowledge and culture by providing a wide range of interdisciplinary courses and opportunities to study abroad. Students in the program take specially designed honors courses and advanced courses in other areas, and engage in independent research under the guidance of faculty mentors. Small class sizes encourage student participation and promote a close student-faculty relationship. Students are offered close individual guidance, both academically and in terms of career preparation. There is a faculty committee that works with students interested in applying for competitive grants and fellowships and advises them regarding graduate and professional studies. A career mentoring program affords students a unique chance to explore career opportunities by matching them with an appropriate alumnus/alumna or corporate liaison. Combined degree programs: BA/MA. Special programs offered to physically disabled students include note-taking services, reader services, tape recorders, tutors.

Career services: Alumni network, alumni services, career/job search classes, career assessment, internships, regional alumni.


Housing: Coed dorms, special housing for disabled students, apartments for single students, living-learning communities in science, education, wellness housing to Honors Program Students. 100% of campus accessible to physically disabled.

Special Academic Facilities/Equipment: Iona College Art Center, Br. Kenneth Chapman Public Art Gallery, Murphy Science Technology Center, Hynes Natural Science Center, Advanced Computer Laboratory, TV Production Studio, LaPenta Student Union, Hynes Athletic Center, Rowing tank, Arrigoni center.

Computers: 100% of classrooms, 100% of dorms, 100% of libraries, 100% of dining areas, 100% of student union, 100% of common outdoor areas have wireless network access. Students can register for classes online. Administrative functions (other than registration) can be performed online.


Environment: City.

Activities: Choral groups, dance, drama/theater, literary magazine, musical theater, pep band, radio station, student government, student newspaper, student-run film society, television station, yearbook, campus ministries, international student organization, Model UN.

Organizations: 65 registered organizations, 9 honor societies, 4 religious organizations. 4 fraternities, 6 sororities.

Athletics (Intercollegiate): Men: Baseball, basketball, crew/rowing, cross-country, diving, golf, soccer, swimming, track/field (outdoor), track/field (indoor), water polo. Women: Basketball, crew/rowing, cross-country, diving, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, track/field (outdoor), track/field (indoor), volleyball, water polo.

On-Campus Highlights: Lapenta Student Union, Hynes Athletics Center, Ryan Library, North Residence Hall, Loftus Courtyard. Environmental Initiatives: Recycling, green cleaning, lowering of emissions.


Freshman Academic Profile: Average high school GPA 3.5. 31% in top 10% of high school class, 54% in top 25% of high school class, 93% in top 50% of high school class. 55% from public high schools. SAT Math middle 50% range 553-651. SAT Critical Reading middle 50% range 541-642. Minimum paper TOEFL 550. Minimum computer TOEFL 213.

Basis for Candidate Selection: Very important factors considered include: Academic GPA, rigor of secondary school record Important factors considered include: Class rank, application essay, standardized test scores, character/personal qualities, interview. Other factors considered include: Recommendation(s), alumni/ae relation, extracurricular activities, first generation, geographical residence, level of applicant’s interest, talent/ability, volunteer work, work experience.

Freshman Admission Requirements: High school diploma is required and GED is accepted. Academic units required: 4 English, 3 mathematics, 2 science, (2 science labs), 2 foreign language, 1 social studies, 1 history, 1 academic electives. Academic units recommended: 4 mathematics, 3 science, 2 social studies, 2 history, 3 academic electives.

Freshman Admission Statistics: 8,009 applied, 60% admitted, 18% enrolled.

Transfer Admission Requirements: High school transcript, college transcript(s), essay or personal statement, minimum college GPA of 2.5 required. Lowest grade transferable C.

General Admission Information: Application fee $50. Regular application deadline 2/15. Regular notification 3/20. Nonfall registration accepted. Admission may be deferred for a maximum of 1 year. Credit and/or placement offered for CEEB Advanced Placement tests.


Annual tuition $28,192. Room and board $12,154. Required fees $2,000. Average book expense $1,500.

Required Forms and Deadlines: FAFSA, institution’s own financial aid form, state aid form. Financial aid filing deadline 4/15. Priority financial aid filing date 2/15.

Notification of Awards: Applicants will be notified of awards on a rolling basis beginning 12/20.

Types of Aid: Need-based scholarships/grants: Federal Pell, SEOG, state scholarships/grants, private scholarships, the school’s own gift aid. Loans: FFEL Subsidized Stafford, FFEL Unsubsidized Stafford, FFEL PLUS, Federal Perkins, alternative loans.

Student Employment: Federal Work-Study Program available. Institutional employment available. Highest amount earned per year from on-campus jobs $9,729. Off-campus job opportunities are good.

Financial Aid Statistics: 67% freshmen, 49% undergrads receive need-based scholarship or grant aid. 77% freshmen, 72% undergrads receive non-need-based scholarship or grant aid. 62% freshmen, 58% undergrads receive need-based self-help aid. 8% freshmen, 7% undergrads receive athletic scholarships. 98% freshmen, 94% undergrads receive any aid. 68% undergrads borrow to pay for school. Average cumulative indebtedness $24,213.

Criteria for awarding institutional aid: Non-need-based: Academics, alumni affiliation, athletics.

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