Diversity

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

Diversity: I enjoy the diversity. There are many international students, which I enjoy

College Junior

Diversity: Diversity is accepted and being promoted on campus.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Average for just about everthing

Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Not sure. Not too political myself.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: There is diversity in Iona College. The students are trying their best to make it more diverse by creating new clubs. There is acceptance in the school along with challenges but it is a great experience.

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

The campus is not a very diverse one. It's mostly white, but there is still a good mix of people. For the size of Iona, the mix of students is not bad, but needs work. There are few people from the LGBT community, while a good amount of students is Catholic, although this is not overtly shown. There is also good representation from different economic backgrounds at Iona.

Although the school may not seem too diverse, some of Iona’s sports teams recruit heavily around the world, so there are students from countries like Kenya, Australia, France, Spain, Sweden, Canada, and Germany. There is also a small amount of students from the Middle East and Asia. Although the campus is mostly white, students are given the opportunity to learn about other cultures from international students—it's just up to the students to interact with them. If they choose not to, they miss out on their only chance at true diversity at Iona.

Facts & Statistics

African American
5%
Asian
2%
Hispanic
14%
International
1%
Native American
0%
White
57%
Unknown
20%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
28%
Common States of Residence
  • Connecticut
  • Illinois
  • Massachusetts
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 5%
18-19: 43%
20-21: 40%
22-24: 9%
25+: 3%
Female Faculty
39%
Male Faculty
61%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 4%
Asian American: 6%
Hispanic: 1%
International: 4%
Native American: 0%
White: 85%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
Students do not have much to judge on campus, as the Iona community is small and there are not many students from the LGBT community. However, there is the Iona College Gay Straight Alliance (GSA), which is a student-run club. Any student or faculty member can join to help stop prejudice and to create a caring environment.
Political Activity
Students tend to lean left, but many pay no attention at all to politics. Few students are really involved in political causes. If students are actively involved, it would be through the political science department.
Economic Status
To attend Iona, many students do benefit from scholarships. Almost every student receives some type of aid. There is really no divide by economic status because people are not judged by where they come from. A common thing to see, though, is a BMW or Mercedes-Benz driving through campus, but this is usually by a commuter. Students usually make fun of them behind their backs because it is usually their parents' car they are trying to show off.
Most Common Religions
Iona is a Catholic college founded in the tradition of the Congregation of Christian Brothers. Since this is the case, there are many Catholics who come to Iona. This, however, does not mean everyone is super uptight and conservative with religion.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There are few minority clubs on campus. There are African American, Asian, Caribbean, Hispanic, Irish, Italian, and Middle Eastern clubs.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 24 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 21% Not sure
  • 8% Very conservative
  • 8% Conservative
  • 21% Moderate
  • 25% Liberal
  • 17% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 24 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 4% Very conservative
  • 17% Conservative
  • 38% Moderate
  • 25% Not sure
  • 12% Liberal
  • 4% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 23 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 23 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 24 responses

  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 4% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 42% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 54% Very accepting.

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