Special Academic Opportunities

Learn Outside the Lines

Iona University offers valuable opportunities to enhance and enrich your educational experience through special academic programs.

Each program offers distinctive benefits, including opportunities to:

  • Delve deeply into a subject area of interest;
  • Participate in original research;
  • Gain hands-on experience;
  • Hone a wide-range of skills;
  • Become part of a community of like-minded peers and faculty; or
  • Receive academic support to keep you on a path to success.

Honors Program

Grounded in a challenging curriculum, the Honors program offers highly-motivated students the resources and opportunities to develop their talents.

Honors Program

Members of the honors program meet a museum in New York City.

National Science Foundation S-STEM: DESIRE Program

Through the NSF S-STEM: Iona Development of Excellence in Science through Intervention, Resilience, and Enrichment (DESIRE) Program, Iona offers scholarships to high school students who are planning to complete a major in biochemistry, chemistry or computer science and who demonstrate financial need.


Dr. Lee helps a student use the micropscope in her lab.

National Science Foundation Noyce INSTRUCT Program

Iona’s National Science Foundation (NSF) Noyce INSTRUCT Program offers scholarships to rising juniors and rising seniors (incoming transfer students or current Iona students) who are in the accelerated 4+1 BS/MST or BA/MST programs for future mathematics, biology, or chemistry teachers.

Learn More: Noyce INSTRUCT Program

Science education majors perform a chemistry experiment and smile.

The Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program

The Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) at Iona University, is an academic enrichment program, designed to provide academic support during the undergraduate years to underrepresented minority or economically disadvantaged students pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), health-related fields and the licensed professions.


Two students work together in a lab.