Outstanding Students: Jada Harris '19, Marketing Major

With an eye for fashion, this former basketball player is utilizing her studies in marketing to help the local community.

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Jada Harris

Jada Harris '19

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - With an eye for fashion, this former basketball player is utilizing her studies in marketing to help the local community. Jada Harris '19, a marketing major originally from Poughkeepsie, N.Y. and Arlington High School, grew up playing basketball and dreaming of working in the fashion industry. Now a senior at Iona, she recalls what brought her to the college.

"The main reason why I chose Iona was because immediately after stepping foot on campus it felt like home," said Jada. "Everyone here is so attentive, which made the transition from high school so much easier."

Though she chose not to play college basketball, she has dedicated the last three years to serving as manager of the women's basketball team where she oversees equipment, uniforms and filming the games. Jada adds, "At first it is hard transitioning from playing to not playing at all, but it did become worth it at the end."

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Founded in 1940, Iona University 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 more than 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 students enjoy small class sizes, engaged professors and a wide array of academic programs across the School of Arts & Science; LaPenta School of Business; NewYork-Presbyterian Iona School of Health Sciences; and Hynes Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation. Iona is widely recognized in prestigious rankings, including The Princeton Review’s 2024 national list of “The Best 389 Colleges” and The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse’s “2024 Best Colleges in America,” which ranked Iona at #66 in the nation overall and #8 in the nation among Catholic schools. Iona’s LaPenta School of Business is also accredited by AACSB International, a recognition awarded to just six percent of business schools worldwide. In addition, The Princeton Review recognized Iona’s on-campus MBA program as a “Best Business School for 2023.” Iona also offers a fully online MBA program for even greater flexibility. In July 2021, Iona announced the establishment of the NewYork-Presbyterian Iona School of Health Sciences, which is now principally located on Iona’s Bronxville campus in collaboration with NewYork-Presbyterian. Connecting to its Irish heritage, the University also recently announced it is expanding abroad with a new campus in County Mayo, Ireland. A school on the rise, Iona officially changed its status from College to University on July 1, 2022, reflecting the growth of its academic programs and the prestige of an Iona education.