Iona CollegeLogo Iona CollegeLogo

Science & Engineering Profile

If you’re looking for a welcoming community with challenging academics and a commitment to serving others, Iona could be the right fit for you. 

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 today enrolls approximately 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students from diverse backgrounds and 50 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 weeklong trips. Ninety-four 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 bachelor’s programs and 35+ master’s programs in the School of Arts & Science and School of Business. With a student-faculty ratio of 15:1, all classes are taught by professors. Iona’s Honors Program offers specially designed courses, opportunities to conduct independent research, a professional mentoring program, and six tuition-free credits each academic year. Five-year bachelor’s/master’s degree programs, as well as a Fast-Track MBA, allow qualified students to earn two degrees with a year’s cost savings and an earlier start to their careers. Iona holds 10 prestigious program accreditations, including AACSB International recognition for its School of Business.

Academic facilities include the new Hynes Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation; a real-time trading floor with a planned expansion of the School of Business; the Iona College Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic serving the community; 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’s students. 

Campus life and facilities
Iona’s vibrant, friendly, and safe campus offers much to do, including performances, Division I athletics, 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 admissions 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. 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. 



• First-year students living on campus: 66%
• Female-male ratio: 52:48
• Students of color: 36%
• International enrollment: Students from 50 countries
• Student-faculty ratio: 15:1
• Full-time faculty with highest degree in their field: 90%
• Courses taught by teaching assistants: 0
• Freshmen receiving financial aid: 99% (not applicable to transfers)
• Early Action deadline: December 1
• Regular Decision deadline: February 15
• 2017–2018 tuition and fees: $37,682
• 2017–2018 room and board: $14,832
• Residence halls or apartment options: 7
• Phone number: 800-231-IONA 

Academic Programs

• Accounting
• Arts Leadership
• Biochemistry
• Biology
- Pre-dental
- Pre-med
- Pre-physical Therapy/Pre-physician’s Assistant
- Pre-veterinary

• Business Administration*
• Chemistry*
• Computer Science*
- Cyber Security
- Game Development

• Criminal Justice*
• Economics*
• Education
- Adolescence
- Childhood
- Childhood/Early Childhood

• English*
• Environmental Science
• Environmental Studies
• Finance
• French
• General Business
• History*
• Information Systems
• Interdisciplinary Science
• International Business
• International Studies
• Italian
• Management
• Marketing
• Mass Communication*
- Advertising
- Broadcast Media
- Journalism
- Public Relations

• Mathematics*
• Philosophy
• Physics
• Political Science
• Psychology*
• Public Policy
• Religious Studies
• Social Work
• Sociology
• Spanish
• Speech Communication Studies
• Speech/Language Pathology and Audiology

* Dual-Degree Programs

Earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years.

Iona offers joint-degree programs in Medicine, Dentistry, and Pharmacy through the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, as well as a joint-degree program with Seton Hall Law School, whereby within six years students can earn a BA or BS from Iona and a Juris Doctor degree (JD) from Seton Hall Law School.

• Accounting
• Biology
• Business (for non-Business majors)
• Chemistry
• Computer Science
• Criminal Justice
- Security Threat Assessment and Terrorism
• Drug and Alcohol Abuse Studies
• Economics
• English
• Entrepreneurship (new)
• Film Studies
• Finance
• Fine and Performing Arts
• French
• History
• Information Systems
• International Business
• International Studies
• Italian
• Management
• Marketing
• Mass Communication
• Mathematics
• Peace and Justice Studies
• Philosophy
• Physics
• Political Science
• Pre-law
• Psychology
• Public Policy
• Religious Studies
• Sociology
• Spanish
• Speech Communication Studies
• Sports, Entertainment, and Media Business
• Web Programming
• Women’s Studies