Iona College

College Profile

Located on 35 acres in suburban New Rochelle, NY, Iona was founded by the Congregation of Christian Brothers in 1940. Iona has approximately 3,200 undergraduate students and 4,500 total students. There are five residence halls on the main campus; an additional non-residential campus houses the Rockland Graduate Center in Pearl River, NY. Iona College is ranked in the top tier of U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges 2010” and is noted among the best in the Northeast by The Princeton Review, among others. The College’s Hagan School of Business has been named among the best business schools by The Princeton Review and BusinessWeek. Students select Iona, located in suburban New Rochelle, NY for its medium-sized beautiful campus, proximity to New York City, small faculty-student ratio (13:1), and its diverse offering of programs. Iona offers more than 40 bachelor’s degree programs, including five-year bachelor’s/master’s degree programs in chemistry/computational computer science, computer science, criminal justice, English, history and psychology. A fast-track MBA program is available to students upon graduation.


Students can opt for one of the College’s study-abroad programs, and can take advantage of the four-year career development program with extensive internship opportunities. There is an Honor Programs for the most academically ambitious students and an academic resource center available to all students. Undergraduates have more than 90 clubs and student organizations to participate in, from the student-run newspaper and TV station to fraternities and sororities, multicultural clubs and even a bagpipe band. Iona’s Center for Campus Ministries offers students outreach opportunities both locally and abroad, including immersion trips to help the less fortunate. Iona is the only college in Westchester with a NCAA Division I Athletics Program. Our teams (the Gaels) compete in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC).

Institution Demographics

  • Total enrollment: 4,123
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 3,256
  • Graduate enrollment: 867
  • International Student Enrollment: 59
  • Male 42%, Female 58%
  • Faculty-student ratio: 1:13
  • Faculty: Full-Time 187, Part-Time 198

English as a Second Language Program and Services

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Can your institution issue an I-20 Certificate of Eligibility for F-1 Student Status to a student who has been admitted only to the Intensive English Program?


Does your institution provide courses of English as a Second Language to admitted students?


Does your institution conditionally admit students to degree programs if they have not met the English proficiency requirement?

International Student Housing Options

Is on-campus housing available for international students?
Yes, space in Iona’s residence halls is offered to students for all four years of their study at the College.

Admission Requirements for First Year and Transfer Students

To apply as an international student, please file the following documents:
1. Application for Admission (Click here for the on-line version)
2. Official secondary school transcripts
3. An essay answering one of the following questions:

  • Describe your typical weekend day.
  • In your opinion, what is the greatest challenge that your generation will face?  What ideas do you have for dealing with this issue?
  • What special talents/characteristics make you unique and how could they benefit Iona College?
  • If these topics don't appeal to you, please create your own topic and write about that.

4. TOEFL scores.   You must submit TOEFL scores if your first language is other than English, even if English has been the language of your instruction.  If English is your first language, please submit SAT or ACT scores in place of the TOEFL. 
5. External examination results or leaving certificate appropriate to your country, such as "A-levels," CXC's, Baccalaureate or Abitur.
6.  A $50 application fee (in U.S. dollars), made out to Iona College
7. International transfer students must also supply an official transcript(s) of that work, both to Iona and to World Educations Services (WES).  WES will provide an evaluation of how we should interpret your previous work for transfer credit purposes.  For information about sending your transcript about WES, click here.


Visa Information

Does your institution issue I-20 for F-1 visa status and/or DS-2019 for J-1 visa status?
I-20 only


International student must also complete Iona College's Application for Form I-20.  This will supply us with the information we need to determine if we can issue the Form I-20 in the U.S.C.I.S. SEVIS information system.  The Application for Form I-20 provides us with biographical information about you and with information about how you will finance your education.  For the 2009-10 academic year, the total cost used on the Form I-20 for undergraduates is $42,000 for tuition, room, board, fees, books, health insurance and incidentals.  For graduate students, the comprehensive fee for a year is $35,000.


Once you receive an I-20 from Iona, you must pay the SEVIS fee of $200 and then you schedule an appointment to meet with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate to apply for a visa. For further information, please contact Sarka Nastalkova at

Cost of Attendance and Financial Assistance for International Students

Tuition: Full-Time $28,850
Per credit charge:$830
Fees: $12,500

Financial Aid

Is financial aid available for international students?
Yes, Academic Scholarship.

Student Activities and Campus Life

The Office of Student Development organizes and oversees hundreds of on and off-campus events throughout the year, and students can participate in more than 60 student-run organizations. Iona College encourages students to broaden their educational experience through study abroad; it sponsors summer, semester, and intersession programs in Australia, England, France, Ireland, Italy and Spain. Campus Ministries provides multiple opportunities for students to engage in service and ministry projects, while Iona in Mission offers students the chance to travel to aid the less fortunate in the US and abroad. The College has a vibrant athletics program with more than 400 student-athletes in Iona's 21 NCAA Division I teams in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC). The men's cross country team placed second in the nation at the NCAA championship for the third consecutive year.


Iona is located just 20 minutes north of Manhattan. Its proximity to New York City provides students with exceptional cultural, educational, internship and career opportunities. Recruiters from top Fortune 500 companies participate in Iona's Internship/Career Expo every year, and students have held internships at some of the best-known corporations in New York City and the surrounding area.

Contact Info

Jay Deitchman
Coordinator for International Student Services/PDSO
Phone: (518) 629-7567
Fax: (518) 629-4576


Campus Location

Iona College
715 North Avenue
New Rochelle, NY 10801
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Application Deadlines

Fall Semester
December 1


Spring Semester
October 15