Local Atmosphere

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

Local Atmosphere: New Rochelle is a nice city. There are malls within driving distance and you are able to go into the city for bars, etc.

3 College Student

Local Atmosphere: not too many attractions nearby. the shuttle goes to metro north so very convenient to go to NYC where u can find any attraction or nightlife.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The local atmosphere is okay. We are only a 30 minute ride away from the city. That is pretty much the only reason why it is good. Other than that, you need a car to get around New Rochelle.

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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Iona College, located in vibrant New Rochelle, has a lot to offer which mirrors the town it is located in. Minutes from New Roc City, there is always something to do in the neighborhood. The friendly residents of New Rochelle love the college students and always show love towards them.

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5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Iona College is located in a quiet neighborhood where people are very friendly and welcoming to college students and the area is surrounded with fun activities like clubs games areas like New Roc City.

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

New Rochelle is the ideal place for a student seeking a small college that isn't so far removed from the real world. Living in New Rochelle, there are plenty of options for entertainment. Nearby, there is New Roc City, an entertainment complex that has movies, arcade games, laser tag, bumper cars, bowling, an indoor go-cart track, and restaurants. If a person is more receptive to the outdoors for relaxation, there is a pond and woods a couple of blocks down the street from Iona. If these options are not enough, there is the alternative of taking a train to Manhattan. In the city, there are limitless things to do for fun, including plays, sporting events, bars, and sightseeing.

Even though there is much to do in the area, the campus does tend to clear out on certain weekends. The reason for this is that there are students that live nearby and seek to take advantage of long holiday weekends to see their family. While this may happen on occasion, there are always enough people around to do something. There is a mix of people that likes to stay on or off campus for entertainment. Some students like to always go out to the city every weekend, while other students like to take a break and hang out in the dorms. It really comes down to what you make of it when socializing.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
Revolutionary War hero and author of "Common Sense" Thomas Paine is buried next to his cottage in New Rochelle.
Notable Natives
  • Bob Denver – comedic actor (Gilligan from "Gilligan's Island")
  • Matt Dillon – actor
  • Jay Leno – late-night talk show host, comedian
  • Ray Rice – NFL running back
Points of Interest
  • Glen Island
  • Huckleberry Island
  • Leland Castle
  • Thomas Paine Historical Site
Shopping Centers
  • Cross County Shopping Center
  • Galleria at White Plains
  • Palisades Center
  • Westchester Mall
Movie Theaters
Clearview Bronxville Cinemas
84 Kraft Ave.
Bronxville
(914) 961-4030
Movie Theaters
Clearview Mamaroneck Playhouse
243 Mamaroneck Ave.
Marmaroneck
(914) 698-2200
Movie Theaters
Cross County Multiplex
2 South Drive
Yonkers
(914) 376-1717
Movie Theaters
Regal New Roc Stadium 18 & IMAX
33 Le Count Place
New Rochelle
(914) 235-5106
Major Sports Teams
  • New York Giants: NFL
  • New York Islanders: NHL
  • New York Jets: NFL
  • New York Knicks: NBA
  • New York Mets: MLB
  • New York Rangers: NHL
  • New York Yankees: MLB
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • New York City: : 40 minutes
  • Newark, N.J.: : 50 minutes
Did You Know?
  • The American Podiatric Medical Association recognized New Rochelle as one of the "100 Best Walking Cities in America."
  • New Rochelle has more than 40 houses of worship.
  • "American Pie" was written by New Rochelle resident Don McLean.

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 31 responses

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Excellent
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 35 responses

  • 0% Painfully remote.
  • 57% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 6% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 20% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 17% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 32 responses

  • 6% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 59% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 34% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 31 responses

  • 29% No way.
  • 58% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 13% Totally.

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