Iona College is a private, coeducational, Catholic institution founded in the tradition of the Christian Brothers and American Catholic higher education. Located in New Rochelle, New York, of Westchester County, Iona College is just two miles away from Long Island Sound and only twenty miles north of Midtown Manhattan. Established in 1940, the College was founded by the Congregation of Christian Brothers and began with only nine Christian Brothers and six lay faculty members. Called after the isle of Iona, the island monastery of St. Columba located off the coast of Scotland; the Christian Brother’s purpose for starting the school was to create small and affordable college which would serve the sons of New York’s working class.
Academic ProgramsIona College’s mission is to “foster intellectual inquiry, community engagement and an appreciation for diversity.” The College’s mission statement continues, “In the tradition of American Catholic Higher Education, Iona College commits its energies and resources to the development of graduates recognized for their ethics, creativity and problem-solving abilities; their independent and adaptable thinking; their joy in lifelong learning; and their enduring integration of mind, body and spirit.” Iona College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and has been so since 1952.
Iona College offers several academic programs through its two schools and the Rockland Graduate Center. The School of Arts & Sciences consists of more than 20 academic departments and offers a wide range of undergraduate majors which culminate in a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, or a Bachelor of Professional Studies. More than two dozen master’s degrees are also offered through the School of Arts & Sciences as well as several non-degree certificate programs. The Hagen School of Business is accredited by the AACSB International and offers several programs including a fast track MBA.
Student LifeIona College boasts a total enrollment figure of approximately 4,000, including well over 3,000 undergraduate students. More than 40 foreign nations are represented in Iona College’s student body with a 35% underrepresented minority population; the male to female ratio of the freshman class is split approximately 50/50. Nearly half of Iona College’s undergraduate population chooses to live on campus, including over 60% of first-year students. Iona College offers several different housing options including Living & Learning Communities which are designed for first year students and Residential Themed communities for upperclass students. Graduate and Summer Housing options are also available.
Iona College recognizes more than 80 active clubs, organizations and student groups on campus which caters to a wide range of interests and provides opportunity for students to interact with on another outside of the classroom and grow in positions of leadership. As a member of the NCAA Division I-AA, Iona College’s varsity athletic teams compete in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.