About Iona University

At Iona, you’ll find bright, curious students eager to achieve for themselves, and for others. We foster both innovative, independent thinking and a deep commitment to community.

Iona’s unique locations offer the best of both worlds. Our New Rochelle and Bronxville campuses provide comfortable, intimate learning environments. At Iona, everyone knows everyone and faculty members and students work closely together. With New York City less than half an hour away, students have unlimited options for career development and internship opportunities. Not to mention, access to some of the best cultural attractions in the world!

No two Iona journeys are alike. But they all have a few things in common. High-quality academics, outside-the-box thinking and dedication to helping others underscore every Iona experience.

Where Innovation Meets Opportunity

Iona recognizes the need to stay nimble to succeed in a fast-changing world. We make sure our students recognize it too. The Hynes Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation — our own interdisciplinary hub for creative problem-solving — offers programming and resources to all students.

We offer experiential learning opportunities for every student — through community partnerships, internships, research and more. Iona students often graduate with valuable, real-world experience under their belts.

The recently opened Kelly Center for Health Sciences spans three floors and features the most modern equipment, spaces and amenities for health care education. Notably, the entire top floor is dedicated to recreating a hospital setting, complete with simulation labs, exam rooms and training equipment on the cutting-edge of the industry.

Iona is widely known as a leader in preparing career-ready students. In 2021, Payscale rated Iona University in the top 14% of the best universities for a bachelor’s degree in its College Salary Report. We’re proudly recognized as a top university for helping students achieve upward economic mobility and financial security.

Largest Freshman Class in Nearly a Decade Coming to Iona University

Iona prepares to welcome one of its largest and most selective classes – again! 

At Iona, new student enrollment is up 16 percent year over year and 42 percent since 2019.

The incoming class is one of Iona’s strongest, most selective and most diverse group of students, representing 26 states and 11 countries.

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Iona Ireland

We invite you to join us as we celebrate Iona Ireland, a Gael campus located in the charming town of Westport.

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The Wall Street Journal’s 2024 Best Colleges in America

Iona University Ranked #4 in the Northeast

Iona University, tied with Yale University, is the #4 Most Recommended Northeastern School by Students. MIT, Williams College and Princeton University round out the top five list.

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Iona University Ranked #66 in the Nation

A new ranking of the 2024 Best Colleges in America highlights Iona University at #66 nationwide based on student outcomes and graduate salaries as well as #1 in New York for student experience. Iona is also ranked in the top 10 Best Catholic Colleges in the country.

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Dining Hall Enhancements

Opening Spring 2025

Iona is in the process of launching an elevated on-campus dining experience.

This 20,000-square-foot renovation to the LaPenta Student Union will consist of a modern, open-plan concept for dining and a revamped lower-level featuring a student lounge as well as multipurpose rooms for student clubs and more.

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Iona University: Learn Outside the Lines

At Iona, we are building upon a legacy that spans 1500 years. Learn more about our rich heritage of service and the transformational power of an Iona education.

Iona is On the Rise

Iona University continues to embrace opportunity to shape its future. Here are five ways Iona elevates the educational experience to better serve our students.

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Iona's 28-acre campus in nearby Bronxville, N.Y. has nearly doubled our footprint. It is home to the NewYork-Presbyterian Iona School of Health Sciences and provides additional opportunities for students in the performing arts, varsity and club athletics and other extracurricular activities.

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Supported by a $20 million gift, the NewYork-Presbyterian Iona School of Health Sciences is training the next generation of health care professionals. Launched in 2023, the state-of-the-art Kelly Center for Health Sciences is home to students pursuing careers in the health sciences. 

Men's and women's MAAC basketball champions.

Cumulatively, Iona holds over 80 MAAC championship trophies across multiple D1 sports. In 2023, Iona was one of four programs in the country that saw both its men's and women's basketball teams win their conference tournament.

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Iona is expanding extracurricular activities in club sports and performing arts. Highlights of this expansion include Esports, Irish Dance, Co-ed Weightlifting and more.

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It pays to go to Iona. In “A First Try at ROI: Ranking 4,500 Colleges,” released by Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce (CEW) in 2022, Iona was ranked in the top four percent (#205) among 4,500 institutions based on its long-term return on investment (ROI).

Iona At A Glance

Iona University has 3,134 undergraduate students.
Iona University has 586 graduate students.
99% of first-year students receive instiutional scholarships or grant aid.
Iona University has a 15 to 1 faculty student ratio.
Iona University has over 50,000 alumni across the globe.
91% of Iona University undergraduate students are employed or in graduate school within 6 months of completing their diploma.

NewYork-Presbyterian Iona School of Health Sciences

Principally located on Iona University’s campus in Bronxville, N.Y., the NewYork-Presbyterian Iona School of Health Sciences offers a new vision for collaborative health care education with interprofessional experiences, modern workforce development, and community care.

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Iona University is included regularly in reports and lists created by Colleges of Distinction, U.S. News & World Report, College Factual and more. Learn more about why these national organizations recognize Iona as a leader in the world of higher education.

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Annika Ziels

I have never been more confident, happy or proud of myself, and I really owe it all to Iona and the relationships I have formed here.

Annika Ziels '24
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Meet our Mascot: Killian the Gael

Killian the Gael is the mascot for Iona University!

Killian keeps the Iona spirit high all year round at games, campus events and other happenings throughout the community.

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Iona College is now Iona University

On July 1, 2022, Iona officially changed its status from College to University, reflecting the growth of its academic programs and the prestige of an Iona education.

In making this announcement, Iona University President Seamus Carey, Ph.D., said the change not only reflects the quality and prestige of an Iona education, but also that it supports the institution’s continued growth as it attracts top talent from across the globe.

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Find out What an Iona Education can do for you

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Developing Skilled, Service-Minded Students

With nearly 50 undergraduate programs and more than 40 graduate programs, Iona offers rigorous, quality academics across a wide range of disciplines. Iona programs have received accreditation from 9 national organizations. Students receive exceptional education in their chosen field of study, and all programs emphasize skills needed in the real world: critical thinking, effective communication, adaptability and creative problem-solving.

Equally important is the University’s commitment to service. Inspired by the legacy of Blessed Edmund Rice and the Christian Brothers, Iona incorporates service-learning experiences into courses across every academic discipline. Informed by our Catholic heritage, Iona values diversity and promotes inclusion.

Meet the Gaels

Students, alumni and faculty share their experiences learning outside the lines. 

Iona Stories

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