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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Yes, there is diversity. However, its not as diverse as some may want it. Iona College have a lot of one ethnicity. But there is a lot of one race or culture: primarily white. I have been told Iona is "trying" to have more diversity; more of other races.

1 College Junior

Diversity: If you are liberal, you're screwed

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are students from all different states- typically for athletics, though. There is a great international presence on campus, too. But the majority of students come from Long Island, New York City, or Connecticut!

4 College Sophomore

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

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Average for just about everthing

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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
6%
Asian
2%
Hispanic
16%
International
2%
Native American
0%
White
55%
Unknown
19%
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 30 responses

  • 17% Progressive/very liberal
  • 20% Liberal
  • 20% Moderate
  • 7% Conservative
  • 7% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 30% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 41 responses

  • 5% Progressive/very liberal
  • 10% Liberal
  • 37% Moderate
  • 15% Conservative
  • 5% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 29% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 40 responses

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

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 19 responses

  • 5% Republican
  • 37% Democratic
  • 26% Independent
  • 0% Other party not mentioned
  • 32% I don't care about politics

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 16 responses

  • 75% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 19% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 0% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 6% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 20 responses

  • 60% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 35% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 0% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 5% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 30 responses

  • 53% Very accepting.
  • 40% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 3% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 3% It's hard to be a minority here.

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