Sep 24, 2020  
2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Admission to Undergraduate Programs

Traditional Programs

Traditional students primarily enter directly from high school or transfer directly from another college or university. Traditional students are generally, but not exclusively, in the age range of 17 to 23. Although there are some exceptions, most classes for traditional students meet three times per week for one hour and take place between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm.

Interested students are welcome to visit the campus, and an appointment is recommended. Generally, visiting students participate in a group information session followed by a group tour led by an Iona student. Individual information sessions or formal interviews are available after the tour. To arrange a visit, go to or contact the campus visit coordinator at (914) 633-2622 or (800) 231-IONA by e-mail at

New freshman and transfer students are accepted for both the fall and spring sessions.  Deadlines and other important dates are listed in the table below:

Type of Application Deadline Decisions Mailed Deposit Due
Regular Admission February 15* by April 1 May 1*
Early Action December 1 late December May 1
Fall Transfers August 1* Rolling Indicated in Letter
Spring Freshmen December 20* Rolling January 10*
Spring Transfers December 20* Rolling January 10*

* Applications will be accepted after these dates as space is available. Please contact the Office of Admissions for more information.

How Iona Selects Freshman Applicants

Iona College seeks individuals who want to be ethical and skilled decision-makers and are motivated to leadership and service. We select freshmen based on a competitive high school curriculum, grades in academic subjects, SAT/ACT scores, class rank, extracurricular experiences, and essay. Personal characteristics and potential to succeed are highly valued.  

To be a realistic candidate for admission, an applicant should have taken a strong college preparatory curriculum that includes at least 16 units.  Generally, this will include the following, but may vary by individual:

English 4 units
Foreign Language 2 units *
Mathematics 4 units
Natural Science 3 units **
Social Studies 3 units


* Both units of a foreign language should be in the same language.

** The science curriculum should include two laboratory sciences.

In order to be considered as a freshman, a student must submit the following information:

  1. An application for admission accompanied by the $50 application fee payable to Iona College.
  2. Official high school transcripts.
  3. SAT or ACT scores.

Applying as a Transfer Student

Definition: A transfer is a student who has previously attended another college as a full-time student or has accumulated 24 or more credits as a part-time student. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 is expected for regular admission.

(Special program requirements: for entry into the Education program, a 3.0 GPA is required; for pre-medical, pre-dental, pre-physical therapy and pre-veterinary programs, an overall GPA of 3.0 is required, with a 3.2 in science courses.)

To apply as a transfer student, an applicant must submit the following documents:

  1. An application for admission accompanied by the $50 application fee payable to Iona College. Apply online at
  2. Official transcripts from all colleges previously attended (course descriptions may be required before transfer credit can be officially awarded).
  3. An official high school transcript, and, if an applicant has attempted fewer than 24 college credits, submission of SAT or ACT scores is required. If a GED was obtained, an official copy of the certificate and results are required.
  4. International students with previous college experience have additional requirements outlined in the International Student section. Admissions deadlines outlined in that section are for freshman applicants only.

Upon acceptance, a student must schedule an appointment with an adviser in the appropriate school (the School of Arts and Science or the Hagan School of Business.)  Each student will receive a written evaluation of credits accepted for transfer after all official transcripts have been received and reviewed.

Note: Veterans of the United States Armed Forces should also submit a copy of their Separation Qualification Record, showing service training and schools completed.

International Student

Definition: An international student is neither a US citizen nor a permanent resident of the US (green card holder).

Deadline: February 15 for the fall semester, November 1 for the spring semester.

Iona College welcomes international students, and currently enrolls students from more than thirty countries. Many international students enjoy the College’s proximity to New York City and the educational and cultural opportunities available there.

The following documents must be submitted to complete the application process:

  1. Complete application (either on paper or on-line) accompanied by the $50 application fee, payable in US dollars.
  2. Results of an English proficiency examination. Students whose secondary studies were conducted in a language other than English must provide the results of either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (, or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Students who take the TOEFL must achieve a score of 80 on the internet-based test IBT; a score of 213 on the computer-based test; or a score of 550 on the paper-based test. Students who take the IELTS must achieve a score of at least 6.5. If English is the applicant’s first language, submit SAT or ACT scores. (NOTE: All applicants interested in participating in the intercollegiate athletics must supply results of SAT or ACT.
  3. Official transcripts, mark sheets, external examination results or leaving certificates appropriate to your country, (such as “O” or “A” levels, CXC’s, Baccalaureate, WAEC’s, or Abitur) or other academic documents for both secondary school and any colleges or universities attended. These documents should be in the original language and accompanied by an English translation performed by an official translator or by the institution issuing the document.
  4. Transfer students must have college or university level documents evaluated on a course-by-course basis by one of the evaluation services recognized by NACES ( World Education Services ( is preferred.
  5. An application for Form I-20, an Iona College form that supplies the information required to issue an I-20. This includes information about how the student will pay for his or her education at Iona.

For more information about the admission or visa application processes, please contact the international student adviser in the Office of Admissions at (914) 633-2502 or (800) 231-IONA.

Transfer Policies

The following policies apply to all transferring students seeking admission to baccalaureate degree programs. The Dean’s Office of the respective school assists students in planning programs that allow students to graduate in the shortest period of time.

A maximum of 64 credits may be accepted upon transfer from all combined accredited two-year institutions and training programs. A maximum of 90 credits in total may be accepted in transfer from all combined accredited two- and four-year institutions and training programs. In all instances, transcripts will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis by the respective Dean’s Office for the most beneficial use of credit.

Policies are as follows:

  1. All transferring students must fulfill the Philosophy and Religious Studies requirements of the Liberal Arts Core.
  2. All transferring students must complete at least one half of their major credits while at Iona College.
  3. All transferring students must complete the specific degree requirements of the major including all pre- and co-requisites.
  4. All transferring students to Business programs must complete the major and the Business Core.
  5. Transferring students who have completed their entire AA or AS degree from an accredited institution and have also earned a cumulative GPA* of 2.5 will have satisfied the Liberal Arts Core.
  6. All transferring students from an accredited four year institution, who have also achieved a cumulative GPA* of 2.5, and who will have at least 60 credits transferred to Iona College, will have satisfied the Liberal Arts Core.
  7. All transferring students who have earned credit in a form other than that from an accredited two- or four-year institution (for example, CLEP, ACE, PONSI, and others) will receive credit appropriate to their academic program as evaluated by and at the discretion of the respective Dean’s Office.**

* Cumulative GPA (grade point average) is assessed as the average of all previous grades earned and evaluated from all institutions.

** Additional and specific policies related to transferring students may be found in the individual Dean’s offices.

Falsification or Omission of Documents

Falsification, misrepresentation or omission of any part of the application is grounds for denying admission. If a student has been accepted, enrolled or graduated based upon false, misrepresented or omitted information, it may lead to suspension or dismissal from the College or revocation of the person’s Iona College degree.

General Educational Development Diploma (GED)

Iona College will occasionally admit students with a General Educational Development (GED) Diploma. Students submitting a GED should have a score of at least 500 in each section, and an overall score of 2800.

Students submitting a GED diploma must do the following to apply for admission:

  1. Submit official GED diploma and score report.
  2. Submit official transcripts from all high schools attended, even though no diploma was earned.
  3. If applying as a freshman, submit SAT scores. Students with fewer that 24 college credits must also submit SAT scores.
  4. Write an essay that describes why s/he did not achieve a regular diploma and why s/he is now ready to enter college. If the student has been out of school for some time, the essay should include a job history and a statement of career goals.
  5. Arrange for an interview with a member of the Admissions staff.

NOTE: Unless home-schooled, students with GEDs will rarely be admitted during the year they would have graduated from high school, unless there are extraordinary circumstances.  Those circumstances should be addressed in the essay and interview.

Readmission of Iona Students

If a student has not registered at Iona for a period of at least one academic year, the student shall:

  1. File an application for readmission in the appropriate Dean’s Office.
  2. Upon notification from the Dean’s Office, schedule an appointment with an adviser to discuss current requirements. Procedures vary according to the conditions under which a student discontinued studies. Generally students who are readmitted to the College are required to observe the core, degree, and major requirements in effect at the time of readmission.
  3. Readmission deadlines are May 1 for the summer, August 1 for the fall, and December 1 for the spring term.
  4. Submit proof of immunization (see Immunization Requirements).

Immunization Requirements

New York State Public Health Law requires certain immunizations for all college and other post-secondary students born after January 1, 1957. In order to attend classes, all students must provide proof of immunity against measles, mumps, and rubella. Proof may be from physician records, previous school records, or serological testing.

New York State recently passed a law requiring all students attending college to (1) receive the Menoumune (Meningitis) vaccine, (2) provide prior proof of vaccination (must be from health care practitioner), OR (3) sign a waiver to decline the meningitis vaccine.  All Iona College students must comply with this law.

Contact Health Services at (914) 633-2548 for more information regarding these requirements.

Special Admission Categories

Active Members of the Armed Forces

Iona College is a Service Members’ Opportunity College (SOC) and will evaluate learning gained through military experiences and award academic credit where applicable to the service member’s program of study at the College. For information about this service, contact the Admissions Office at (914) 633-2502 or


Qualified applicants who have postponed or interrupted their college education due to military service are invited to enroll.  The VITAL (Veteran’s Iona Transition Academic Link) program offers financial aid with counseling and academic advisement. For information about this service, contact the Office of Admissions at (914) 633-2502 or

Visiting Students

Students who wish to take selected courses but not apply for a degree or certificate program may take classes as visiting students.  Credits taken in this status may be applied toward a degree or certificate program if the student is admitted to such at a later date at the discretion of the appropriate Dean’s Office.  A maximum of 30 credits may be taken as a visiting student. Application is made through the Office of Admissions.

To take courses as a visiting student, applicants must submit the following:

  1. An application for admission as a visiting undergraduate student and the required fee.
  2. An official high school transcript showing a diploma awarded or GED Diploma.

Permission to register each semester as a visiting student must be granted by the Dean’s Office.

Registration Procedures

Course offerings are available on-line on Iona’s web site, Registration for continuing students is on-line and also available in person Advance registration for enrolled undergraduate students usually begins in October for the spring semester, winter and spring trimesters, and in February for the fall semester and trimester. Registration priority is by class standing (credits earned). The Registrar sends e-mail notification to students to inform them of their appointment times for on-line registration. Instructions for viewing appointments and registering after being advised are available on the website. The Office of Student Financial Services bills students after the advance registration period.

Office hours for the registrar are 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday, and Tuesday evening until 6:30 pm.