Iona College: Narrative Description

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715 North Ave.
New Rochelle, NY 10801-1890
Tel: (914)633-2000
Admissions: (914)633-2502
Fax: (914)633-2096
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Independent, comprehensive, coed, affiliated with Roman Catholic Church. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1940. Setting: 35-acre suburban campus with easy access to New York City. Endowment: $17.2 million. Research spending 2003-04: $220,968. Educational spending 2003-04: $6798 per student. Total enrollment: 4,329. Faculty: 370 (178 full-time, 192 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 15:1. 4,501 applied, 60% were admitted. 29% from top 10% of their high school class, 51% from top quarter, 94% from top half. 28 class presidents, 16 valedictorians, 151 student government officers. Full-time: 3,144 students, 54% women, 46% men. Part-time: 281 students, 53% women, 47% men. Students come from 37 states and territories, 51 other countries, 18% from out-of-state, 0.2% Native American, 11% Hispanic, 7% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 9% 25 or older, 30% live on campus, 5% transferred in. Retention: 79% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; communications/communication technologies; protective services/public administration. Core. Calendar: semesters. Services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at College of New Rochelle, Concordia College (NY), Marymount College. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, early admission, early action, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Recommended: essay, minimum 2.5 high school GPA, recommendations, interview, SAT Subject Tests, SAT II: Writing Test. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: 2/15, 11/15 for early action. Notification: 12/21 for early action.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. Comprehensive fee: $29,228 includes full-time tuition ($18,990), mandatory fees ($540), and college room and board ($9698). Full-time tuition and fees vary according to class time. Room and board charges vary according to housing facility. Part-time tuition: $630 per credit. Part-time mandatory fees: $185 per term. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to class time and course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 65 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 2% of eligible men and 4% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Council of Multicultural Leaders, student government, The Ionian, LASO, WICR. Major annual events: Founders' Day, Homecoming, Club Day. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, controlled dormitory access. 1,028 college housing spaces available; 1,017 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. Option: coed housing available. Ryan Library plus 2 others with 269,933 books, 509,742 microform titles, 763 serials, 3,018 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $1.5 million. 500 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Population 75,400. An attractive residential suburb is 35 minutes from the center of Manhattan. Located on Long Island Sound, New Rochelle was settled by the Huguenots in 1688. Many houses date from the days of Dutch and English occupancy. Easy access to New York City is provided by rail and bus lines. There are many churches, a YMCA, hospital, public library, and various fraternal, civic, and veteran's organizations. Recreation in the area is provided by 8 miles of Long Island Sound frontage, inland lakes, and public parks as well as facilities for golf, tennis, canoeing, fishing, skating, and hockey. Part-time employment is available.

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