Iona College


Iona College is located in New York State and is just a short train ride north of New York City. In late 1940, the Congregation of Christian Brothers, a Catholic community with influence worldwide, founded Iona College. The school merged with another smaller institution in the late 1980s and henceforth became the Iona College that is known today. This school is a private institution with a rich history of traditional Catholic education.

Iona College has gained recent notoriety within academic circles as it was the recipient of two very prestigious honors. The U.S. News and World Report named Iona College one of America’s best colleges in its 2009 list and The Princeton Review named Iona one of the best Northeastern Colleges in 2008. The college has continued to grow in its over seven decade existence, and the campus most recently expanded with the addition of a brand new library equipped with state of the art technology and a wealth of texts and resources. The Ryan Library, as it is called, was finished in late 2009.

Because of its Catholic roots stemming from the Congregation of Christian Brothers, the teaching style and academic structure of Iona College is based on upstanding moral and ethical principle. The mission statement of Iona College reflects these standards and ethics, and the goal of all faculty members is to produce graduates who are good decision makers, positive societal influences, and wholesome contributors to the American way of life.

Information Summary

Ranks 89th in New York and 883rd overall. See the entire top 2,000 colleges and universities list
Overall Score (about) 81.9
Total Cost On-Campus Attendance $57,440
Admission Success rate N/A
ACT / SAT 75%ile scores 26 / 1170
Student Ratio Students-to-Faculty 19 : 1
Retention (full-time / part-time) 75% / N/A
Enrollment Total (all students) 3,926


There are two main schools at Iona College: the School of Arts and Sciences and the Hagan School of Business. The Hagan School of Business is consistently rated one of the most excellent business schools in the nation. Students who enroll in a business program at the Hagan School of Business at Iona College can receive a bachelor’s degree in business relating to accounting, management, or marketing.

Students who receive a bachelor’s degree in business and seek to further their education by securing a master’s degree will be thrilled to discover that Iona College’s Master of Business program is offered in an accelerated format. Known informally as the “fast track” program, students can receive a Master of Business ten months sooner than students who attend a more traditional master’s program.

Because of Iona College’s reputation as a brilliant business school with accomplished instructors and unconventional teaching methods, it is quickly becoming one of the most prominent business schools in the Northeast.

The School of Arts and Sciences at Iona College gives students the opportunity to pursue a BA or BS in over forty different fields of study. In addition to the bachelor’s programs offered in the School of Arts and Sciences, Iona College offers over twenty unique master’s programs that can be completed in a short amount of time. Some students may wish to enroll in a five-year academic program that will secure a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree for the student upon graduating.

Students can pursue a course of study in the sciences such as chemistry, biology, or physics, the language arts, education, psychology, criminal justice, communication, religious studies, and much more.

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Because of the convenient and quality on-campus housing provided by the university, a large portion of the student population chooses to live on campus. This on-campus community aspect makes Iona College different from other large state schools which are often impersonal and make forming relationships difficult.

At Iona College, students are encouraged to be actively involved in student-led groups, discussion groups, debate groups, volunteer organizations, and other student activities. The student life office is always available to help new students plug in to a club or organization that will match their lifestyle or past experiences.

Students at Iona College are also encouraged to enroll in an overseas or study abroad program. Iona College has affiliate campuses in Greece, Spain, Ireland, Italy, Australia and France. By enrolling in one of these programs, students at Iona College are provided with a unique and inexpensive life experience.

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The Iona College Gaels are known for their men’s and women’s varsity sports teams. The Gaels are associated with the NCAA Division I conference and are proud of their many exciting rivalries within the conference. Men can compete on varsity teams in baseball, basketball, track, golf, soccer and even rowing. Women varsity sports include basketball, softball, water polo, lacrosse, swimming, and much more. For those who don’t wish to play on a varsity team, intramural and club sports provide an excellent alternative. Students on campus compete in intramural sports such as field hockey, baseball, flag football, and more.


When asked about Iona College traditions, alumni and current students will boast about Iona’s “tradition of success.” In fact, the success of its graduates and alumni is one of Iona College’s biggest draws for prospective students. Iona College keeps careful track of its graduates and notes on its website that Iona College alumni have gone on to pursue careers in medicine, theater, professional sports, publishing, and large, successful companies and corporations.

Local Community

Iona College is located in New Rochelle, New York. While this city may not have the bustling and fast-paced image of Manhattan in New York City, New Rochelle is, in fact, an excellent spot to live in the state of New York. With miles of beautiful coastline and acres of parks and forests, New Rochelle is considered to be one of the best cities for leisure activity in the United States.

The city is filled with golf and tennis clubs and boasts some of the most beautiful golf courses in the Northeast. Students are often offered discounted rates at many local golf clubs, and Iona College itself has golf teams and intramural golf activities for students to be involved in.

If leisure isn’t appealing, students can take a train to New York City and bask in the fast-paced excitement of the Big Apple. With thousands of concert venues, movie theaters, live theater venues, museums, galleries, dining establishments, and shopping centers, New York City is guaranteed to provide students with the escape they need. Iona College’s student life offices will give students important information about train passes, Broadway shows, shopping centers, and any other information students will need to know to entertain themselves in New York City.


  • — Official Web Site of Iona College Athletics. 2011. Web. 15 May 2011. <>.
  • Iona College – Campuses in New Rochelle and Rockland New York. 2011. Web. 15 May 2011. <>.
  • Stolz, George. “If You’re Thinking Of Living In New Rochelle.” New York Times 24 May 1987, sec. B: 5. Print.

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