COVID-19

Information and Updates for the Iona Community on Coronavirus

For Concordia Students

We recognize that you and your peers may be experiencing many emotions as you look towards the months ahead. In that spirit, please know that Iona is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. Iona College is known for its tight-knit community, and we hope to be welcoming you on our campus soon. If you have any other questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to our admissions team who is there to help you every step of the way.

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Town Hall for Students and Families, with presidents and administrators from Iona College and Concordia College.

Recorded February 4, 2021.

About Iona

Iona’s main campus is located at 715 North Avenue in New Rochelle, only three miles from the CCNY campus.

Iona College is a private nonprofit institution of higher education that is chartered by the New York State Department of Education Board of Regents, accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, and eligible to disburse federal and state financial aid.

Learn more about Iona's accreditations

  • Iona is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. 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. Iona strives to develop skilled, service-minded students.
  • Iona offers experiential learning opportunities for every student — through community partnerships, internships, research and more. Iona students often graduate with valuable, real-world experience.
  • Iona is proudly recognized as a top college for helping students achieve upward economic mobility and financial security.
  • With nearly 50 undergraduate programs and more than 40 graduate programs, Iona offers rigorous, quality academics across a wide range of disciplines.
  • Equally important is the College’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.
  • Iona is highly accredited, offering undergraduate degrees in liberal arts, science, and business administration, as well as Master of Arts, Master of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees and numerous advanced certificate programs.
  • Staying ahead of market demands and student interest, Iona has invested and expanded in Health Sciences – with a robust CSD program, an OT program that began 2 years ago, and a new Nursing program, offering a bachelor’s degree in Nursing and a second degree in Nursing.
  • Iona recognizes the need to stay nimble to succeed in a fast-changing world and makes sure its students recognize it too. The Hynes Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation — an interdisciplinary hub for creative problem-solving — offers programming and resources to all students.

No. Iona College is in a very strong financial situation and has taken a leadership role in New York State’s higher education landscape. Iona’s strong financial position is allowing the college to purchase the property from CCNY.

Academics

Most CCNY students in good standing will be provided a pathway to complete their degree. CCNY and Iona share many complimentary degree programs and it is expected that most CCNY students will be able to complete their degrees at Iona either through the teach-out plan or by transferring to Iona. The teach-out is the Concordia College mandated plan for closing and sets a path to and for their students’ success. Iona is the main teach-out partner, among others. All teach-out agreements will be posted on Concordia College's Teach-out Plan page as they are reached; all are subject to final regulatory review. Iona and Concordia are reviewing each area and program to identify how many students are in the program, the status of their progress and determine how many can finish by December 2021, making the teach-out an option for them vs transferring to Iona.

All program information is available on Iona's Majors & Programs page.

Students transferring to Iona should be in touch with Admissions counselor DJ Arndt. Once they apply and are accepted, DJ will introduce them to the academic advisor who will work with them to identify which courses they need to take to complete their degree and will help them register for the appropriate classes. Registration for Fall 2021 semester opens on March 15.

Iona will provide academic counseling and other support services to ensure CCNY students do not lose time waiting for classes that are required for graduation.

On Campus Housing & Services

Iona will guarantee residential housing on Iona’s campus in New Rochelle for anyone who wants it. In fact, Iona has created a special residential housing grant to help defray the cost of living on campus.

For Concordia students who have applied to transfer to Iona College and been accepted for admission, Iona will waive the enrollment deposit and the housing deposit.

Students can indicate their commitment to attend Iona by completing and returning the Enrollment Response Form enclosed in their admission packet. After the receipt of the Enrollment Response Form has been confirmed, students may proceed with the enrollment process by going to the Transfer Student Roadmap.

Yes, Iona will continue to need and hire resident advisers. Students need to live on Iona’s campus for one year, prior to being eligible to serve as an RA. Iona welcomes applications and consideration to be an RA after living in Iona’s residence halls for a year.

Iona offers multiple residential housing options and robust dining services meal plans that include both on- and off-campus dining options. The Gael Express is a shuttle service that provides transportation from Iona’s campus to major transportation hubs including local train stations that access New York City.

Transferring to Iona

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For those students who are unable to complete their education at Concordia College New York (CCNY), Iona is working towards providing a seamless pathway for CCNY students to continue their education without losing time or credits for their major. Iona’s goal is to provide former CCNY students with a comparable high-quality liberal arts education. Iona is also working to ensure that CCNY students receive non-athletic financial aid similar to what Concordia offered in addition to institutional and residential living grants that allow CCNY students to pay about the same amount as what they are currently paying in tuition. CCNY and Iona also share a similar heritage and legacy as Christian institutions and Iona will work to keep the legacy of CCNY alive well into the future.

Current Concordia students will need to submit a transfer application for admission for the Fall 2021 semester. There are two ways to apply for admission. Based on feedback from previous transfer students, many prefer submitting the Iona Transfer Application versus The Common Application. However, either one is acceptable, and Iona has no preference. Additionally, to reduce unnecessary costs associated with applying, Iona is waiving all application fees. Students may use the fee waiver code: #GoGaels! Transcripts will be required, but SAT/ACT, essays and recommendations are NOT necessary.

  • For admission consideration, students with or without holds who are applying for transfer to Iona do not need to send Iona an unofficial transcript. Concordia’s Registrar has arranged to share unofficial transcripts directly with Iona.
  • Upon receipt of your application for admission, Admissions Counselor DJ Arndt will contact you. DJ has been appointed as the counselor dedicated to serve Concordia students, and will provide personalized attention throughout the process to ensure a smooth admission process. If you have any questions about applying for admission, or what is required to be accepted, DJ would be happy to answer your questions. He can be reached at darndt@iona.edu.

Iona will work carefully with each student to ensure credits transfer and find substitutions where possible. The goal is for students to move forward in a seamless transition. If you decide to transfer to another college or university that has not been identified as a teach-out partner, Iona cannot guarantee transfer of credits. Acceptance of transfer credits is always the prerogative of the “receiving” institution.

Undergraduate students, including second degree nursing students, can contact DJ Arndt at darndt@iona.edu.

Depending on the program, graduate students should contact either:

Iona is purchasing the main CCNY campus in Bronxville. Details regarding how the Bronxville campus will be used is still to be determined as Iona and Concordia examine each program and finalize teach-out plans. However, for the most part, it is expected that teach-out classes will be held on Iona’s campus. When Iona begins to use the Bronxville campus, shuttle service will be provided as necessary. Iona’s main campus is located at 715 North Avenue in New Rochelle, only three miles from the CCNY campus.

Prospective F-1 International students should contact DJ Arndt at darndt@iona.edu with any questions regarding transferring. ISS is available to provide transfer students with a seamless transition to Iona and will issue the Form I-20 to all eligible students. Contact ISS as soon as possible for details regarding SEVIS record transfer and I-20 insurance so that your F-1 status may be uninterrupted.

Iona and CCNY will continue to work with regulatory bodies that handle visas for international students. If you have immediate questions, please contact Gary.Vega@concordia-ny.edu.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Iona is making every effort to allow CCNY students to continue their education at Iona. To this end, Iona has adjusted its non-athletic merit scholarship program to keep the tuition and fee amount similar to Concordia. The College is also offering Concordia students a generous on-campus residential grant.

Here is a brief overview of the merit scholarship and residential grant adjustments for traditional undergraduate Concordia students enrolled on the Bronxville Campus:

  • Iona will match the non-athletic institutional aid offer for all students enrolled as an undergraduate at Concordia College Bronxville Campus during the spring 2021 semester who enroll full-time at Iona College.
  • Iona will award an additional grant called the Concordia College Transfer Student Scholarship to offset the impact of differences in tuition and fees.
  • For students choosing to live in Iona on-campus housing, an additional grant of $1,500 annually ($750 per semester) will be awarded.
  • To qualify for federal aid, students will be required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The 2021-2022 FAFSA is currently open. Iona College’s school code for the FAFSA is 002737.
  • As long as students maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress and remain in good standing, institutional scholarships and grants will be renewable annually based on Iona College policies.
  • Iona College does not offer a Division II athletics program, so athletic aid will not apply. However, Concordia student athletes may be eligible for other scholarship funds.

Iona is making every effort to allow you to continue your education at Iona. To this end, Iona has adjusted its non-athletic merit scholarship program to keep the tuition and fee amount similar to Concordia’s. The College is also offering Concordia students a generous on-campus residential grant. Here is a brief overview of the merit scholarship and residential grant adjustments for traditional undergraduate Concordia students enrolled on the Bronxville Campus:

  • Iona will match the non-athletic institutional aid offer for all students enrolled as an undergraduate at Concordia College Bronxville Campus during the spring 2021 semester who enroll full-time at Iona College.  Iona College does not offer a Division II athletics program, so athletic aid will not apply, however Concordia student athletes may be eligible for other scholarship funds.
  • Iona will award an additional grant called the Concordia College Transfer Student Scholarship to offset the impact of difference in tuition and fees.
  • For students choosing to live in Iona on-campus housing, an additional grant of $1,500 annually ($750 per semester) will be awarded.
  • To qualify for federal aid, students will be required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The 2021-2022 FAFSA is currently open. Iona College’s school code for the FAFSA is 002737.
  • As long as students maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress and remain in good standing, institutional scholarships and grants will be renewable annually based on Iona College policies.

CCNY students will receive a comprehensive financial aid package from Iona upon receipt of the Free Application for Federal Students Aid FAFSA application data, including federal, state, and institutional aid from Iona.

Iona offers numerous scholarships, both for undergraduate and graduate students.

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Current CCNY students can expect to be packaged for the 2021-2022 academic year with financial aid on a rolling basis upon receipt of the FASFA and academic information from CCNY. To start the process, students should apply to Iona College and add Iona College Federal School Code 002737 to their FAFSA.

Yes, Iona participates in TAP. The Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) is New York's largest grant program which helps eligible New York residents attending in-state postsecondary institutions pay for tuition. TAP grants are based on the applicant's and his or her family's New York State taxable income. To be eligible for TAP, you must be a New York State resident for 12 consecutive months before enrolling in the program for which assistance is sought and attend an eligible school or college located in New York State.

Iona College does not offer a Division II athletics program, so athletic scholarships or aid will not apply, however Concordia student athletes may be eligible for other scholarship funds. Iona is regulated by the MAAC conference and NCAA and has limited athletic scholarships available. It is unlikely that CCNY students will have a spot on an Iona roster. Iona is investing in club sports which may provide opportunities for Concordia students to continue participating in the sports that they love.

Contact An Admissions Counselor

Undergraduate Students (including second degree nursing students):
DJ Arndt at darndt@iona.edu

Graduate Business Students:
Katie Brunck Giordano, kbrunck@iona.edu

Graduate Arts & Science Students:
RoseDeline Martinez, rmartinez@iona.edu