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Iona College Takes Home the Gold for Renovated Website

Iona wins w3 Award, Education Digital Marketing Award and Davey Award for new website design

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. — Iona College recently won three new awards for its completely redesigned website, which launched in December 2020 to mirror the dynamic impact of an Iona education while also reflecting the College’s legacy of excellence.

The latest recognitions include:

  • w3 Award Gold Winner, celebrating the best in digital distinction, upholding each entry to a standard determined by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts (AIVA). The w3 is also the first major web competition to be accessible to large agencies, small firms and everyone in between. A selective and fair process, less than 10 percent of all entries are selected as Gold Winners.
  • Education Digital Marketing Award Gold Winner, presented to programs that have been reviewed by a national panel of industry specialists selected to judge creativity, marketing execution, message impact, technology application and innovative content.
  • Davey Awards Silver Winner, the first major awards competition specifically for smaller agencies, honoring the achievements of creatives who derive their strength from big ideas, rather than large budgets. The awards are sanctioned and judged by top-tier professionals of the AIVA.

Iona was also previously recognized with a Digital Award of Excellence at the 27th Annual Communicator Awards, the leading international awards program honoring excellence, effectiveness and innovation across all areas of communication.

The new website launched as part of a comprehensive reimagining of the College’s logo and brand. Iona worked closely with two agency partners, mStoner for the website and Lawrence & Schiller for the new rebranding.

“We are honored to be recognized for all of the hard work that went into our new website and brand. Thank you to mStoner for their enthusiasm and support,” said Mary Clare Reilley, vice president for Iona College Marketing & Communications. “We needed to upgrade our look and feel while staying true to Iona’s history and traditions, and these awards show we were able to do that successfully.”

The Iona team worked closely with mStoner to create an entirely new platform and engaging new content, focusing specifically on providing the best possible user experience. Over 2,000 pages were refreshed and transferred to the new platform with lively, interactive, informative and accessible content.

Explore the new Iona website at or learn more about the renewed Iona brand by watching this launch video.

Founded in 1940, Iona College is a master's-granting private, Catholic, coeducational institution of learning in the tradition of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers. Iona's 45-acre New Rochelle campus and 28-acre Bronxville campus are just 20 miles north of Midtown Manhattan. With a total enrollment of nearly 4,000 students and an alumni base of over 50,000 around the world, Iona is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. 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. Iona’s LaPenta School of Business is accredited by AACSB International, a prestigious recognition awarded to just five percent of business schools worldwide. The Princeton Review recognized Iona’s on-campus MBA program as a “Best Business School for 2021.” Iona College also recently launched a new, fully online MBA program for even greater flexibility. In July 2021, Iona College and NewYork-Presbyterian announced the establishment of the NewYork-Presbyterian Iona School of Health Sciences, to be principally located on the College’s new campus at 171 White Plains Road, Bronxville, N.Y. Supported by a $20 million gift from NewYork-Presbyterian, the NewYork-Presbyterian Iona School of Health Sciences is expected to offer a new vision for collaborative health care education, modern workforce development, and community care.