Personal Qualifications and Qualities
It is expected that the Vice President for Enrollment Management will have at least a master’s degree; five or more years of experience and ability to demonstrate substantial success in a senior leadership role within higher education admissions; and significant experience and/or expertise in admissions marketing, ideally within higher education. Iona’s next vice president of enrollment management will be:
Effective – able to demonstrate significant success developing and leading recruitment and yield strategies meeting enrollment goals and revenue targets.
Informed - with a strong understanding of admission and retention best practices nationally and internationally.
Visionary – a leader with the ability to approach enrollment with a creative and entrepreneurial outlook and an ability to build and motivate a strong team.
Tactical – able to appreciate the big picture yet detail oriented, ensuring the execution of strategic enrollment goals and operational initiatives.
Analytical – assessment focused, able to produce forward-looking, transparent plans and budgets that link expenditures to outcomes; and assess the effectiveness of recruitment initiatives including the deployment of financial aid funds and marketing initiatives to achieve enrollment goals.
Collaborative – both with internal partners and external vendors.
Engaging - demonstrating compelling written and verbal skills with the ability to serve as a dynamic representative of the College articulating a vision effectively to all constituencies including prospective students and parents, staff, faculty, alumni, trustees and the public.
Ethical – with a principled and moral compass to guide efforts, possessing honesty, integrity, candor and a disposition for transparent communications; and a strong personal and professional commitment to the central ethos of Catholic education.
An Iona education equips students with the skills necessary for success in a rapidly changing environment: critical thinking, effective communication, problem solving, ethical decision making, computer competency and scientific and technological literacy. Iona provides challenging academics enriched through independent research and practical experience – a combination that prepares our graduates to excel in their chosen fields.
The College offers nearly 50 undergraduate degree programs of study and over 30 minors. Five-year bachelor’s/master’s degree programs are offered in chemistry, computer science, criminal justice, English, history, mass communications, mathematics and psychology. Over 40 graduate programs are offered through the School of Arts & Science and the LaPenta School of Business. The student to faculty ratio is 16:1.
The Iona College Honors program is designed to meet the educational needs of the most highly motivated students at Iona. Grounded in a challenging curriculum, the program offers gifted students the resources and opportunities to develop their talents and to perform at the peak of their capabilities. The coursework seeks to develop intellectual curiosity, analytic abilities and awareness of ethical and civic responsibilities. The program encourages the development of a small community of independent learners able to inspire each other academically. It fosters a sense of self-respect in students, encouraging them to stretch their abilities in pursuit of lifelong learning, independent thinking and personal fulfillment.
Iona boasts a vibrant campus life, home to more than 80 different clubs and organizations that evolve to meet the changing needs of the student body. The calendar is packed with over 450 activities including performing arts events, speakers, movie and game nights, campus-wide fundraisers, athletic challenges and activities of all kinds.
There are 1,339 undergraduate students living on campus, including 58% of the first-year class.
The symbol of Iona College’s athletic teams is the popular Gael. The Gael, which is depicted as a spunky character, provides Iona with a nickname consistent with the school motto, certa bonum certamen, (“fight the good fight”) and personifies strength.
The College's NCAA Division I program has 21 varsity teams. Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, rowing, soccer, swimming and diving, track and field, and water polo. Women's sports include basketball, cross country, lacrosse, rowing, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, track and field, volleyball, and water polo.
The office of admissions is the central unit responsible for undergraduate admissions. The office employs 16 full-time permanent staff, and is supported by a budget of $3,762,000.
Iona College seeks individuals who are challenged to be ethical and skilled decision-makers motivated to leadership and service. The Colleges selects freshmen based on a competitive high school curriculum, grades in academic subjects, SAT/ACT scores, class rank, and extracurricular experiences. Personal characteristics and potential to succeed are highly valued. There are two admission deadlines: Early Action and regular admission.
The 2018 first-time, full-time time freshman class consisted of 852 students, 47 percent of whom are female, and 53 percent are male. 46 percent were students from underrepresented populations. For that class, Iona received 10,305 applications and admitted 92 percent of those students. The fall 2012 cohort has a six-year graduation rate of 67%.
The office is the College’s central unit responsible for undergraduate need-based financial aid (federal, state, institutional) and Iona's merit-based scholarships. The office employs 13 full-time permanent staff, and is supported by a budget of $ 1,205,000.
In 2019-20, tuition and fees for a full-time resident undergraduate student will be $55,908, and $40,172 for a commuter student.
Iona has an extensive program of need- and merit-based scholarships and grants, awarding over $54.7 million in 2017-2018. Ninety-nine percent of freshmen received Iona funding. Iona grants athletics awards on a competitive basis.
Iona College has been awarded funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to recruit, support and retain undergraduate students majoring in Biochemistry, Chemistry and Computer Science. The goal of NSF S-STEM Program – Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math is to increase the number of undergraduates on a successful path to pursue further education and careers in STEM. The award will support economically disadvantaged students with high academic aptitude.