Admissions & Financial Aid
Be more than just a number.
At Iona University, we’re committed to every student’s success. As a small, private university in the New York City metro area, you’ll find Iona’s challenging academics, real-world experiences and dedication to meaningful service provide a well-rounded undergraduate and graduate experience tailored to your needs and goals.
The Iona Admissions team is ready to help. They will guide you through the admissions process, navigating financial aid options and selecting the course of study that best fits your academic and professional goals.
Whether you’re just beginning your college journey or continuing your education with a graduate degree, Iona’s application process is simple. We do not require SAT or ACT scores, and no application fee is required.
Iona University Ranked #66 in The Wall Street Journal’s 2024 Best Colleges in America
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.
At Iona, we review each application holistically, evaluating high school transcripts, student interviews, recommendations of teachers and counselors and a student’s overall record of achievement. Personal interviews are strongly encouraged to support this holistic admissions process and can be scheduled here. SAT and ACT scores are optional for incoming freshmen.
- Early Decision (binding): December 1, 2023
- Early Action I/Health Sciences (non-binding): December 15, 2023
- Early Action II (non-binding): January 15, 2024
- Regular Decision: February 15, 2024
- Deposit Deadline: May 1, 2024
No matter where your undergraduate academic journey begins, you can finish your degree at Iona University. Our Center for Advising and Academic Services provides preliminary credit evaluation, so you know how your previous experience will fit here. Transfer applicants receive an admissions decision and credit evaluation in 24 hours to help them finish their degree efficiently.
With 100 percent of transfer students receiving financial aid or scholarships, we ensure your time at Iona is affordable and efficient. Students can transfer up to 90 credits, including up to 64 credits from an accredited community or junior college.
Iona’s graduate programs challenge you academically and elevate your skill set while accommodating your busy schedule. With accelerated programs, flexible formats and online graduate degrees, our graduate degree and certificate programs help to advance your career goals and aspirations as you balance the demands of work and family.
Have questions about applying to graduate school? Contact a graduate admissions counselor for more information.
Students from over 40 countries come to Iona University each year to join our diverse community! International undergraduate applicants should apply before December 1 for Early Decision, December 15 for Early Action and February 15 for Regular Decision.
Review the International Admissions page for more information. To receive help with the admission process, contact an Iona international admissions counselor.
Iona’s Admissions Counselors
Our team of counselors is prepared to help students find their place at Iona University. Equipped with expertise and passion, the admissions counselors are here to answer any questions you have as you navigate the admissions process.
Military & Veteran Admissions
Military and veterans are empowered to begin or continue their college education at Iona. Here, you receive hands-on experience and traditional classroom instruction that equips you to succeed in whatever field you choose.
Active military and veterans may qualify for specific financial aid opportunities to help finance their college education.
Visiting students are welcome to study at Iona University and enjoy the many benefits Iona’s faculty, curriculum and campus life offers. Join the Iona student body for a semester, trimester, winter or summer session or even for a study abroad program.
High School Student Admissions
Ambitious high school students can jump-start their college education by participating in Iona’s pre-college program, dual enrollment programs or the Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP). These programs allow rising juniors and seniors to gain experience taking classes on campus and earn college credits to accelerate their college preparation and build confidence in their skill set.
Applying for Readmission at Iona
At Iona, we understand there isn’t always a direct path to earning your degree. To accommodate students who have paused their studies, we offer readmission enrollment options.
Students who have not registered at Iona for at least one academic year must apply for readmission. Upon submitting your application, you must meet with an adviser from the Advising Center to discuss your future course of study and current degree requirements.
Tuition and Financial Aid
Your education is worth the investment. Iona ensures that earning your degree is affordable.
We are proud to offer a variety of scholarships and grants — including merit scholarships, athletic awards and need-based grants — and student employment opportunities, including graduate assistantships. Students can also apply for federal and private loans to finance their education.
Visit Iona’s Financial Aid FAQs page to learn more about applying for loans, important FAFSA deadlines, financial aid options for study abroad programs and more.
Iona At A Glance
undergraduate students in the 2021-22 academic year
of first-year students receive institutional scholarships or financial grant aid
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Iona students are empowered to do the extraordinary. Read the stories of five alumni and how their time at Iona University enabled them to pursue exciting and fulfilling careers at industry-leading companies such as NBC News Now, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and Overtime.
Find out What an Iona Education can do for you
Visit Iona University
Plan your visit to the New Rochelle and Bronxville campuses, just 20 miles from midtown Manhattan, and see all that Iona offers. We hold tours seven days a week, giving prospective undergraduate students a preview of residential life, academic and athletic facilities and more.
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Earn your degree at Iona University and become a part of our growing community of learners and leaders. Here, you’ll develop the professional skills and expertise you need to make a lasting impact on the world around you.