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Iona College Admission Requirements

New Rochelle, New York

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Your chances of getting into Iona College

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

92.6%
Admission Difficulty for Iona College
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Challenging 
Applicant Competition Very Low 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Iona College is 92.6%.  Its admission rate is the 142nd lowest in New York.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into Iona College and can you get accepted?

Iona College is an easy school to get into and you have a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission criteria. Last year, 6,132 out of the 6,625 who applied were admitted.

The school has challenging admission requirements, generally admitting students who can score in the top 40 percent on standardized admission tests. Iona College typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.4. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top half of their high school class. 11% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into Iona College?

93% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

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Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to Iona College you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.4 or better
  • Earn B+ grades in high school
  • Score 1160 on the SAT
  • Score 26 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top half of your high school class

Iona College GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 

3.4

Typical High School Grades 

B+

What GPA do you need to get into Iona College?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into Iona College are to have around a 3.4 high school GPA. You are required to have above average high school grades.

If your high school grades are above the average 3.4 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as Iona College accepts 93% of applicants.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at Iona College is 3.4 on the 4.0 scale. 25% of students who get in have perfect 4.0 GPA's in high school. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn B+ letter grades and regularly score around 87-89 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #61 in New York for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since Iona College is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.4 GPA range.

Competitiveness by GPA Ranges

The table below outlines the number of admitted freshmen by GPA range as well as how competitive your GPA will be as compared with other applicants.

High School GPA's for admitted Iona College students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 25.0% Good
3.75 to 3.99 11.0% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 18.0% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 9.0% Avg -
3.00 to 3.24 13.0% Avg -
2.50 to 2.99 17.0% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 7.0% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

 What do these chances mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

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Iona College SAT Scores

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Iona College. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 12% of students submitted SAT scores and 3% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent academic year..

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 

1060-1260

Applicants Submitting SAT 

12%
SAT Scores for Iona College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 530
Math 25th Percentile 530
Composite 25th Percentile 1060
SAT Scores for Iona College
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 630
Math 75th Percentile 630
Composite 75th Percentile 1260
Average SAT Score 1160

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to Iona College?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at Iona College is 1160 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 1060-1260. Students who get into Iona College score in the top 49 percent of all SAT test takers..  Iona College ranks #57 in the state of New York for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1160 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. Iona College regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 1060 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 1060, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 960, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

Iona College is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "considered but not required".

View other colleges which accept students in the 1160 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1160, you have around a 93% chance of being admitted. A 1260 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 96% chance of getting in.

Iona College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1260 and Above Good >96%
1160 to 1260 Avg + 93%-96%
1060 to 1160 Avg - 87%-93%
960 to 1060 Reach 79%-87%
Less than 960 Low <79%
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Iona College ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 

23-29 

Applicants Submitting ACT 

3%
ACT Scores for Iona College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile N/A
Math 25th Percentile N/A
Composite 25th Percentile 23
ACT Scores for Iona College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile N/A
Math 75th Percentile N/A
Composite 75th Percentile 29
Average ACT Score 26

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into Iona College?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to Iona College is 26, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 23 and 29.  The school ranks #47 in New York for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 26. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 23 and score in the score in the top 32 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 20.

3 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Iona College.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as Iona College is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "considered but not required".

Find other colleges with similar ACT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into Iona College for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 26 score has around 93% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 96% with a 29 ACT score.

Iona College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
29 and Above Good >96%
26 to 29 Avg + 93%-96%
23 to 26 Avg - 87%-93%
20 to 23 Reach 79%-87%
Less than 20 Low <79%
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High School Class Rank

60% of Iona College freshman are in the top half of their high school graduating class and 26% are in the top quarter.

High School Class Rank for admitted Iona College students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 5%
Top 25% of class 26%
Top 50% of class 60%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

Iona College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 3,690 2,935 6,625
Accepted 3,468 2,664 6,132
Acceptance Rate 94% 91% 93%
Enrolled 379 318 697
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 11% 12% 11%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Fall 2024 Application Deadline

Applications Due

Feb 15, 2024

Days left to Apply

None

The application deadline for Fall 2024 has passed. Applications were due on Feb 15, 2024.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Iona College is $0. The school is free to apply to.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Iona College and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Iona College Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Considered but not required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Considered but not required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Iona College
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

Admission Requirements Summary

Because Iona College is lightly competitive to get into, you have a very good chance of acceptance with the right GPA and test scores. If you have a 3.4 GPA, you are almost certain to getting in. Combining this with an SAT score of 1160 and ACT of 26 will almost guarantee your admission.

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=191931 IPEDS survey data for Iona College.

FAQs

Does Iona College prefer SAT or ACT?

12% of students submit their SAT scores to Iona College. 3% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Iona College?

93% of those who apply are granted admission to Iona College. Admission competition is and the college has challenging admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Iona College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1060 and 1260. The average SAT score is 1160. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Iona College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 23 and 29. The average ACT score is 26. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.