|Iona College Main Entrance|
At the end of April, I visited Iona College, a Catholic college in New Rochelle, NY with about 3300 undergraduates from 35 states and 30 countries. Iona has a compact campus of mostly red brick buildings on about 43 acres in Westchester County, about 30 minutes by train from NYC. A new dormitory will be opening in the Fall 2016.
|New Iona dorm under construction|
Popular majors at Iona include business, speech pathology, education, social work and mass communication. Academically, Iona can support all kinds of students. It has an Honors program, as well as a comprehensive Learning Disabilities program. 91 percent of applicants are admitted. The mid-50% of SAT scores are 450 – 550 for Critical Reading and 440-550 for Math.
In addition to studying, the students can join in Greek life, participate in or watch NCAA Division I sports in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, including Iona’s winning men’s and women’s basketball teams, join in over 80 clubs, do community service, study abroad, and have internships. The school has performing arts opportunities, and a TV and radio station.
Some of the April programs at Iona were “The Government Inspector” by the Iona College Theatre Ensemble, a performance by the Iona College Instrumental and Vocal Ensembles, a town hall meeting with Republican candidate John Kasich, a Relay for Life event, a panel on issues in the presidential race, a black light pool party, a Paint Party, Kid Ink in Concert, and a student Fashion Show.
Iona offers both need-based and merit aid, with merit aid up to the full price of tuition. 98 percent of freshmen receive financial aid.