People Are Taking Notice of Iona University – Here’s Why

Iona is rising to the top of the list for prospective students and families. Come see why at a Fall Open House!

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New Rochelle and Bronxville, N.Y. – Iona University is a school on the rise – and more people than ever are taking notice.

Not only did Iona just get named to The Princeton Review’s highly influential list of “The Best 389 Colleges” nationwide, but new student enrollment is up nearly 30 percent over the past five years.

The news builds upon several other notable rankings, all reflecting the momentum as the University continues to add new academic programs and degrees, expand its extracurricular offerings and develop its two campuses in New Rochelle and Bronxville, N.Y., both just 20 miles from midtown Manhattan.  

Other recent rankings include:

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Iona is also pleased to announce it is hosting several Fall Open House dates, and we want you to join us! Meet faculty, take a tour, and ask the questions that are most important to you. The entire campus will be open for you to explore.

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Looking back at their time at Iona, recent Iona graduates said their experience was nothing short of life changing.

After graduating in May 2023 with a degree in Media & Strategic Communications, Joseph Ferrer ’23 is now pursuing his master’s in Marketing at Iona. Following in his footsteps, Ferrer’s younger brother, Jonathan, is about to start his freshman year at Iona.

“Iona, for me, has been such a transformative experience,” Ferrer said. “I am not the same person I was when I came in four years ago. And everything that I’m taking with me – from my academics to my friendships – I will cherish for the rest of my life.”

Leah Figueroa ’23, a marketing and entrepreneurship double major who also graduated in May, said her time at Iona went by way too fast. But, she said, she met so many amazing people and the road ahead will always keep her connected to the University.

“I’ll always be a Gael,” Figueroa said. “Iona is a small community, which is something I really value, because you know a lot more people. People really care about you, the professors know your name and it really gives opportunities for students to put their best foot forward and gain experiences that somebody in a big school wouldn’t have. For instance, last summer I went to Portugal with the Hynes Institute, and I feel like without it being a small community, I wouldn’t have had that opportunity.”

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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.