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Location
New Rochelle, NY
Undergrads
2,927
Tuition
$31,540
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Iona is known for its business program.

College Junior

Academics: I don't know anyone except, Robert Lapenta.

5 College Senior

Academics: Feel very prepared for grad school, love the teachers

4 College Senior

Academics: Great business school and mass comm. alot of people get great internships

5 College Junior

Academics: Excellent especially if you're a business student

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 488th
    Most Manageable Workloads
  • 572nd
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 691st
    Best Registration Process
  • 776th
    Most Available Classes
  • 784th
    Best Academic Advisers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Iona is a small college split between a well-known business school and a school of arts and sciences. Business leads the way as the most common degree, while majors in communications, education, psychology, and health care are spread out evenly. Students do not need to declare their major until the end of sophomore year, and many students are happy with their respective departments. Professors are typically well rounded in their subjects. Unfortunately, not all teachers are perfect, as there are some who are older and behind in the game. It is much easier to interact with professors and develop a relationship in the small setting Iona creates. As you get deeper into your major, your class sizes become much smaller, and this is a benefit in the learning process, as more individual help and attention are focused on you. A lot of teachers want to help and have office hours set up for assistance. It is typical for students to ask for recommendations with ease, as students end up getting to know their professors pretty well as long as they put in the work.

There are many internship and job opportunities available since New York City is so close to the school. Iona provides guidance in obtaining these positions through their services in the career development office, which is only useful if you actually show your face at the place. The classes at Iona are really what you make of them. You are given more than enough chances to succeed, but you are going to have to put in the work yourself.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
15:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
176
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
272
Total FT Faculty
176
Faculty with Terminal Degree
89%
Average Faculty Salary
$81,610
Full-Time Retention Rate
81%
Part-Time Retention Rate
0%
Graduation Rate
65%
Programs/Majors Offered
52
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 38%
  • 20 to 49 students: 61%
  • 50 or more students: 1%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: Yes
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Hagan School of Business
  • School of Arts and Science
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Accounting: 4%
  • Business Administration and Management: 6%
  • Finance, General: 5%
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce: 4%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Other Academic Offerings
  • Double major
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Liberal arts/career combination
Online Courses
Online courses are more common during January intersessions and summer sessions. The reason for this is students may be wanting to catch up or get ahead with classes. During these time periods, students are also on break, so they can have time to earn credits while at home. Many times teachers have students upload photos of themselves to create a face to the names. If teachers are willing to hold an online class, they are typically open to helping a student in any way they can, since the process can be very unfamiliar to students.
Best Places to Study
  • Arrigoni Library
  • Lapenta Student Union
  • Ryan Library
Tips to Succeed
  • Attend classes! Attendance is big here. You will fail if you miss too many classes.
  • Avoid the bookstore if you want to save money.
  • Be open-minded during the first weeks to make friends more easily.
  • Don't party too much the first month of school! Party animals are not the types of friends you want to make; they will definitely affect your academics if they become a permanent part of your social clique.
  • Get active—otherwise, you're probably missing out! Do not be shy!
  • Make sure to talk to your teachers one on one if you have any questions—it's their job!
  • Print papers early in the morning to avoid the afternoon rush in the computer labs.
  • Rely on your resources—RAs, advisers, campus ministers, Rudin Center, student government, etc.
  • Seriously, get involved.
  • Stay focused, study hard, and don't fall behind.
  • Take advantage of the connections your professors have.
Did You Know?
Iona offers more than 40 undergraduate majors and more than 30 minors.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 23 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 26 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

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