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As you prepare to enter Iona College, keep in mind that this is a much smaller campus than public colleges—there are only 3,926 students in total. The undergraduate class is much larger than the graduate class, as is normal at most schools. Iona College is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church; the college was founded in 1940 and the college is located close to two Catholic churches (one of which is also a school). Living in Rochester, New York, as you’ll be doing if you attend on campus for four years, you’ll get to know the city well.

Overview of Iona College

Whenever you have free time, you can leave the campus itself and go into town and learn where your new favorite stores and restaurants are located. As you look around, you’ll find Hudson Park & Beach, Glen Island Park, Thomas Paine Cottage Museum, and other areas where you can have fun. And, if you venture outside Rochester and go into Westchester, the Legoland Discovery Center may be open for you to enjoy.

You’ll be able to live on-campus as the college does provide dorms for students. This will make it easier for you to find your classes at first, and once you know where everything is, you’ll be able to reach each building more quickly. Luckily, because of the small size of the student population, the student-to-faculty ratio is relatively small at 16 to 1.

General Information

School Type Private not-for-profit
Campus Setting Suburb: Large
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 16:1
Graduation Rate 64%
Year Founded 1940

Student Enrollment

Total Students3,926


Undergraduate Student

Male 1,611
Female 1,676

Graduate Student

Male 313
Female 326

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Male 4,345
Female 5,620


Male 3,650
Female 4,721

Acceptance Rate84%

Male 84%
Female 84%

Enrollment 670

Male   60
Female   40
Application Fee NA
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Considered But Not Required
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Recommended
Recommendations Considered But Not Required
SAT/ACT Considered But Not Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) NA
Application Deadline February 15
Common Application Accepted Yes

Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

You and your parents will learn about the total cost of attendance at Iona College when you decide to attend. This consists of tuition (in- or out-of-state), room and board, books, supplies, and other various charges. The final total, as of a recent academic year, was $59,258.

You and your parents don’t have to pay this entire price out of pocket. Any student financial aid you receive will cover a large part of this. What’s left is called the average net price. For a recent academic year, this amount was $28,135.

Colleges and universities charge everyone the same amount. However, financial aid is approved at various levels based on a family’s income. Families earning between $30,001 and $48,000 pay around $26,618 and families earning more than $110,001 pay around $30,091. Families at other income levels pay differing amounts.

The entire freshman class (850 students) received grants or scholarships averaging $23,446. These students also received an average of $19,850 in institutional grants and scholarships.

Average net price 2018-2019
Net Price $28,135
Average Total Aid $23,446
Students Receiving Financial Aid 100%
Room & Board $15,736

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $40,172
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $40,172
  • Books and Supplies - $1,500
  • Room & Board - $15,736
  • Other - $1,850


Close to the end of your freshman year, you may find yourself asking the question, “Am I going to stay here or transfer to another college?” Along with the rest of your freshman class, every student who decides to stay is measured in the retention rate. At Iona College, this rate is 75% which is somewhat above average. This high of a rate is often pointed to as a way to show that students appreciated the education they received in their first year as a student.

The graduation rate (4-year) is 59%, only slightly below average. Some students may decide to continue going to school for a year or two, either because they attend part-time or need to retake some courses, so they become part of the 6-year graduation rate, which is higher at 64%.

If you have a timing issue with one or more of your classes, you may need to drop one or take that class through other methods. At Iona College, evening classes are not offered but distance learning (online classes) are. So, hold onto that class and just take it online.

The five most popular degree programs they offer include business, management, marketing, and related support services; communication, journalism, and related programs; psychology; health professions, and related programs; and homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting, and related protective services.

Student Population Total

Student Population 3,926

Evening Classes : No
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

All Business Majors 228 Total Graduates / 41%
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 69 Graduates
Finance, General 50 Graduates
Accounting 46 Graduates
Business Administration and Management, General 40 Graduates
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 63 Total Graduates / 11%
Mass Communication/Media Studies 59 Graduates
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 4 Graduates
All Psychology Majors 50 Total Graduates / 9%
Psychology, General 50 Graduates
Health Professions and Related Programs 40 Total Graduates / 7%
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist 40 Graduates
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 38 Total Graduates / 7%
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 38 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 25%

Outcome & Salary

Once you graduate, you’re going to be ready to begin earning a living. Iona graduate’s early-career salaries average $56,200, their average salary total is $75,128, and their mid-career salary is $106,200

The 4-year cost of this education (net price) is $112,540. This figure is important, because average graduate salaries at the 10- and 20-year marks can tell you what your likely return on investment (ROI) will be. Your 10-year salary earnings potential is $751,280. Your 30-year salary earnings potential is $1,813,280. After deducting the cost of education, your 10-year projected ROI is $638,740 and your 20-year projected ROI is $1,700,740.

High school graduates earn a national average salary of $38,792. Their 10-year projected income is $387,920 and their 20-year projected income is $775,840.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $56,200
College Grads Average Salary $75,128
College Grads Mid Career Salary $106,200
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $751,280
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,813,280
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $112,540
10 Year Projected ROI $638,740
20 Year Projected ROI $1,700,740
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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