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Current Students

Students currently enrolled at Iona College are welcome to apply to join the Honors Program. Students joining the program must complete the entire Honors Core Curriculum; classes taken to fulfill the General Core Curriculum will not fulfill the Honors requirements. If you are currently a student at Iona College and wish to become a member of the Honors Program, please submit the following:
  • Completed and signed application cover sheet (staple the signed application cover sheet to the front of your application material)
  • Official Iona College transcript
  • ACT or SAT scores
  • An application cover letter addressed to the Honors Program Director. The letter must be approximately 300-500 words. It must explain what you hope to bring to the Honors Program and why you wish to join it.
  • Write a 300-500 word essay reflecting on the significance of intellectual curiosity, its connections to civic and ethical responsibilities, and its relevance to your participation in the Honors program. The Iona College Honors Program mission statement is to “develop intellectual curiosity... and awareness of ethical and civil responsibilities.” Foucault suggests that... “it (curiosity) evokes ‘concern;’ it evokes the care one takes for what exists and could exist; a readiness to find strange and singular what surrounds us... a fervor to grasp what is happening and what passes...” (Foucault, 1980). Your essay should reflect on these issues.
  • Two letters of recommendation on letterhead (one must be from an Iona College faculty member). These letters must be sealed and sent directly from the recommender to the Honors Program Director by mail (see address below), inter-office mail or email. Students may submit these letters with their applications only if they are in a sealed and signed envelope.

Application Criteria

  • Currently a student in excellent standing at Iona College, with a minimum 15 credits completed at the time of application
  • Highest record of academic achievement and success; a 3.5 grade point average is required
  • Dedication to the mission of the Iona College Honors Program and the College
  • Ability to contribute positively to the Iona College Honors Program and Iona College

Selection Process

  • The deadline for submission of application is the second Monday in August or the second Monday in January
  • All elements of the application must be included at the time of submission (see list of application materials above).
  • Interviews will be scheduled for qualified students
  • Although applicants may be qualified for the program, acceptance depends in part on the number of students currently in the program and the amount of space for new students to enter
All application materials should be submitted to the director of the Iona College Honors Program by the required deadlines (second Monday in January or second Monday in August). Incomplete applications will not be considered.


Kim Paffenroth, Ph.D.
Director, Honors Program
715 North Avenue
New Rochelle, NY 10801
Phone: (914) 637-2743
Fax: (914) 633-2248