Located on 45 scenic acres in New Rochelle, New York, just 20 miles north of Midtown Manhattan, Iona provides an educational experience grounded in the liberal arts and enhanced by a strong focus on career-ready skills. As an Iona student, you will develop the knowledge, problem-solving ability, and real-world connections—mentored by our faculty and alumni—to gain a competitive edge in your career.
Iona prepares its students for success in all facets of their lives. Founded in 1940 by the Christian Brothers, the private, comprehensive, four-year Catholic college enrolls approximately 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students from diverse backgrounds and 43 countries.
Centrally located in Westchester County between the economic centers of New York City and Fairfield County, Connecticut, Iona grants students easy access to internship opportunities in all career fields, and 70% of students complete at least one. Many also participate in Mission & Ministry’s local service projects or week-long trips. Ninety-three percent of Iona graduates are employed or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation.
Academics and career pathways
Iona College offers more than 60 combined programs of study in the School of Arts & Science and the LaPenta School of Business. With a student-faculty ratio of 16:1, all classes are taught by professors. Iona’s Honors Program offers specially designed courses, opportunities to conduct independent research, and a professional mentoring program. Iona also offers eight dual-degree programs in Chemistry, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Economics, Mass Communcation, Mathematics, and Psychology and a Fast-Track MBA program. This allows qualified students to earn two degrees with a year’s cost savings and go on to an earlier start to their careers. Joint-degree programs offered with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) are available in Dentistry, Medicine, and Pharmacy and with Seton Hall Law for the completion of a JD.
Academic facilities include the new Hynes Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation; and our newly-expanded LaPenta School of Business, the Iona College Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic; and broadcast media studios. Our faculty have served as international policy advisors, school district superintendents, media professionals, and chief executives in many industries, and they share their expertise with Iona students.
Campus life and facilities
Iona’s vibrant, friendly, and safe campus offers much to do, including performances, NCAA Division I athletics (MAAC), and a thriving Greek life. Students get involved through more than 80 active clubs, student organizations, and intramural sports.
Housing includes traditional residence halls, suites, and apartments. Meal plans are available to students living on or off campus.
With the regularly operating Gael Express to the nearby New Rochelle Metro-North train station, it takes about 30 minutes for Iona students to reach the heart of New York City. This hub of international finance, arts, sports, and communication offers not just world-class internships and career opportunities but lots of recreational options too.
Admission and financial aid
At Iona, you’ll have your own personal admission counselor. Contact us today to be connected with yours and to schedule a campus visit. Iona offers both need-based financial aid and merit scholarships (with $52.7 million awarded in 2018–2019). Contact Iona to learn more.
NSF Grant Awarded to Chemistry Department
Iona College was awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant of $324,999 for continued support of research activities in soft materials chemistry. The project, “RUI: Structural Determinants of Permeation and Nucleation at a Self-Assembled Interface,” will support the work of Dr. Sunghee Lee, Board of Trustees Endowed Professor and Chair of Chemistry, and her undergraduate research program from September 2016 to August 2020.
Dr. Lee will work to secure greater fundamental understanding of how living cells maintain their water balance essential to sustenance of life and will use the nature-inspired techniques discovered through this work to create tailor-made particles for a wide variety of uses in technology and industry. “This NSF award will enable significant advances in the fundamental understanding of the cellular mechanisms of water transport while training the next generation of scientists in state-of-the-art scientific techniques,” said Dr. Lee.
The NSF support has led to a productive output in undergraduate research training and education, including international research collaboration with the University of Tokyo. “The depth and breadth of quality research training for our students will continue to expand, thanks to the nationally recognized support for our exertions here at Iona,” Dr. Lee said.