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Overall, Iona is not a bad school at all

Apr 07 2014Biology
Overall, Iona is not a bad school at all. The education is better than decent and as for the social life, it is what you make of it. If you're an introvert you're going to find it very hard to like it here, or at any school for that matter. What it comes down to is putting yourself out there if you want the real college experience. Here at Iona, the bar scene predominates so a good fake ID will be to your benefit. One negative aspect of the school is the core curriculum. They make you take classes like computer science, fine and performing arts, and history; all classes a typical high school student would take. They also make you take philosophy, religion, a foreign language, psychology, science, and math. Provided it is a liberal arts education so this is expected. However I feel that if they let the students pick two or three of these courses that they wanted to take from a list of required disciplines rather than just forcing all of them on us, the education here would run much more smoothly.
1st Year Male -- Class 2017
Faculty Accessibility: A, Innovation: B-

PLEASE do your research on Iona College before

Nov 20 2013Unknown
PLEASE do your research on Iona College before coming here. If you're a rich white kid from a small town in upstate NY or Connecticut then you will be sure to like it, but if you're an inner city kid from NYC, as I am, you will definitely hate it! Iona has absolutely no diversity on campus, this is something that they have been trying to change, but because all of the kids are white and pretty much the same, there is little overall interest in expanding awareness of minority groups. If your a minority, this is something to think about. You will definitely feel left out here. The clubs are very boring, for the most part. If you aren't an athlete or in a fraternity or sorority, you are a second thought and social life is just nonexistent. Most parties are invite only and all of them get raided by the police. Social life is pretty much non existent here, unless you kiss ass to the right people.This school is extremely clique-ish. No one is really interested in networking and making valuable connections, as you should in college. Many people are closed minded and arrogant, especially the athletes. People still have petty highschool drama; its ridiculous to watch. Also, many of the kids here are not interested in their education, many come to class and sit on their cell phones the entire time, which I find absolutely disrespectful. There is no incentive to do well here, no one cares. If you're looking for an environment where people will push you to do well and succeed, then Iona is definitely not for you. Of course there are people who care, but the overall educational atmosphere is lacking.

One thing, however, is that Iona has an extraordinary Career Development Center. They host a variety of workshops throughout the year to help student get a jump start at their professional development, which is great. That's really the only good thing I have to say about this placeLike everything else in life, Iona is truly what you make of it, but before you waste your time and money coming here, truly evaluate what it is that you want out of college. If you want the ideal college experiences that you see on TV or a challenging curriculum where you will actually learn something valuable, then reevaluate your college choices.

1st Year Female -- Class 2017
University Resource Use: A, Social Life: F

I am a Senior Accounting student and I

Aug 23 2013Unknown
I am a Senior Accounting student and I am one of the few minorities in the Accounting program (there are about 5 of us). I was a B student who never studied and I thought I could do the same in college, I was wrong. College is what you make it but once you enter your major 3XX classes teachers get worse, tests get harder, textbooks more complex and time moves faster. I'm happy our old dean is no longer the dean, he was a good guy but just a poor teacher overall. The new dean is more helpful and seems to be moving the program into a different direction. Iona College is expensive but the business school is very good. I cannot imagine going to Iona to study anything else. College is what you make it and you will be doing a lot of self-growth, learning on your own and thinking if you join Hagan. The students are cool, I feel there is not one person here that has come from ANY type of struggle which is a good thing if you do, in fact, come from struggle. Every employee, not including the teachers, are pretty helpful and do seem to care about individuals. The population is becoming more diverse and the new President comes off as a great person that will truly better the school as a whole. Before you come, please be aware that if you do not have a fake ID... your fun will be pretty much nonexistent. AOB : you can contact me.
3rd Year Female -- Class 2014
Perceived Campus Safety: A+, Campus Aesthetics: F

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