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Iona University

New Rochelle, NY 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate96%

Iona College Admissions

It is moderately difficult to get into Iona College. Iona College admitted 96% of all applicants in 2022. Out of 6,192 applications received in 2023, 5,970 students were offered admission.

If you want to apply to Iona College, the deadline for Fall 2024 admissions is 2/15 and there is no application fee, which means it is free to apply.

Iona College Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here is an overiew of some of Iona College's admissions stats.

Iona College 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.4
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 9%
Mean SAT Score 1153
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 12%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 3%
Waitlist Yes

Iona College Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Iona College.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes December 1
Early Decision II
Early Action Yes December 15 January 15
Regular Decision Yes 2 15

Considering Applying Early to Iona College?

Iona College offers early decision and also offers early action. Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

🗓️ Early Decision I applications are due by December 1

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is December 15. Iona College will release EA admissions decisions no later than January 15.

The early decision acceptance rate at Iona College is 95%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 96%.

Iona College accepts about 98% of early action applicants and 96% all applicants for all deadlines. In 2022, Iona College admitted 57 of the 60 students who applied early decision. In 2022, Iona College admitted 3,427 of the 3,497 who applied early action.

Some students apply early because they believe it will help their chances of getting in. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase the chance of acceptance, since it shows that you are very interested in a school.

➡️ Discover a list of some top colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Iona College Admissions

Is Iona College Challenging To Get Into?

It is moderately difficult to get into Iona College. Iona College evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2022, Iona College accepted 96% of all applicants, about 5,970 from the 6,192 applicants.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Iona College, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

Transferring to Iona College

It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to Iona College

Iona College has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Iona College?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are are most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis on the areas where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Iona College

What does Iona College consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Class Rank Considered
Application Essay Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Interview Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Work Experience Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with Iona College for more information on admission factors.

Iona College 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to Iona College, all applicants must submit the following items. Double check with Iona College's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Iona College?

Students admitted to Iona College have an average unweighted GPA of 3.4.

Out of all students that were admitted, 37% submitted a class rank. At Iona College 9% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 29% were in the top 25% and 60% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Iona College, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 27%
3.75 and 3.99 11%
3.50 and 3.74 18%
3.25 and 3.49 11%
3.00 and 3.24 12%
2.50 and 2.9 15%
2.00 and 2.49 6%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Iona College directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Iona College is test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 12% of Iona College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 3% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Iona College?

To be competitive with other Iona College applicants, you should strive to score between 1040 and 1190 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Iona College 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1190 and 25% of scored lower than 1040, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Iona College student is 1153.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Iona College students scored 600 or higher and 75% of students scored 520 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Iona College students scored 610 or higher, and 75% scored a 520 or higher.

To be most competitive at Iona College, you should strive to earn between 23 and 31 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 31 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Iona College's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 31, and three out of four students scored lower than 31 on the ACT.

A 23 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Iona College students. Only one out of every four students scored below 23.

More Information on Transferring to Iona College

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Iona College. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Iona College during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

Iona College Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Iona College?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Iona College.

Does Iona College accept transfer credits?

✅ Iona College accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Iona College accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Does Iona College accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Iona College accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Iona College?

❌ No, Iona College is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you should strongly consider submitting them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is Iona College's acceptance rate?

✅ The acceptance rate for Iona College is 96%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Iona College?

✅ Iona College's early decision acceptance rate was 95% in 2021.

What is the early action acceptance rate at Iona College?

✅ The early action acceptance rate at Iona College was 98% in 2021.

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Iona College Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Iona College? Iona College is a somewhat selective institution. The Iona College acceptance rate is 96%. This means that the institution accepts 96 out of every 100 applicants.


Iona College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Feb 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Iona College is Feb 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Iona College is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Iona College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1040 - 1190


Math SAT Range

510 - 600


Reading SAT Range

520 - 610

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1190 and Above


1040 to 1190


1040 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Iona College students is 1153. Applicants with SAT scores of 1190 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Iona College, while applicants with SAT scores between 1040 to 1190 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1040 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Iona College.

Iona College GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Iona College, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.4. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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