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Wagner College, a four-year private college, is known for its innovative curriculum, The Wagner Plan for the Practical Liberal Arts. The Wagner Plan connects liberal arts education to practical learning experiences and civic engagement projects throughout New York City.

About Wagner
Set on a hill overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and New York Harbor, Wagner's 105-acre park-like campus is only a free ferry ride away from the cultural, intellectual, and professional heart of America Manhattan.

At Wagner, students "learn by doing" through a challenging, broad-based liberal arts curriculum that is anchored in the real world. Through The Wagner Plan for the Practical Liberal Arts, students, in their very first semester, become involved in field work directly related to their courses. Learning Communities help students connect to their studies, to their professors, and to each other. Internships required for all students provide valuable real-world experience before graduation. Wagner's small class sizes and experienced professors, who teach both introductory and upper-level courses, are other features of our nationally-acclaimed curriculum.


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Because Wagner is an academically competitive institution, an applicant's academic records and college entrance exam scores are important considerations. For many programs at Wagner, SAT and ACT test are optional. The Admission Committee also considers all available information about each candidate, including achievement outside the classroom, extracurricular activities, community involvement, and personal interests.


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
500 - 600
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
500 - 600
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
490 - 610

Concordant SAT Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
550 - 660
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
530 - 620

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
22 - 27

Testing Policies

ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted


Early Action — December 1

Regular — February 15

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA

Selectivity Rating

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Academic Programs

The Wagner Plan
Students "learn by doing" through a broad-based liberal arts curriculum called The Wagner Plan for the Practical Liberal Arts. This academic curriculum is comprised of three Leaning Communities (LCs):
In the first year, students complete nine courses, including their First Year LC during the very first semester. Combining two interdisciplinary classes with a Reflective Tutorial (RFT), the LC will directly link classroom learning with real-world field experiences at sites across New York City.
During the second and third years of The Wagner Plan, students select an Intermediate LC while completing General Education and major requirements. This provides a greater understanding of their chosen discipline and how it relates to other areas of study.
The Wagner Plan culminates with a Senior LC, bringing together the breadth of a liberal education and the depth of specialized knowledge into real-world practical applications. The Senior LC combines two capstone courses within a student's major and a second RFT, requiring all students to complete a field-based internship or applied learning component.

Wagner students can also study abroad through the College's four affiliated programs in Spain, Israel, France, and Italy. Dozens more programs are available through our membership in the Institute for the International Education of Students and New American Colleges & Universities. In addition, Wagner's Expanding Your Horizons program offers spring courses with short-term domestic and international travel components.

Majors and Degrees Offered

Wagner College offers bachelors degree in over 25 academic areas of study. At Wagner, you’ll not only study issues and sharpen your skills in critical thinking, writing, and problem solving, but you’ll also practice what you learn. Our innovative learning communities and reflective tutorials, along with highly invested faculty, help you connect with the world outside the classroom and prepare you for successful careers. Graduate degrees are available in the fields of media management, business, education, microbiology, physician assistant studies, and nursing with five-year joint degree programs in microbiology, business, accounting, and physician assistant studies. This fall the Evelyn L. Spiro School of Nursing enrolled the first cohort in its new Doctor of Nursing Practice program.

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Microbiology, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Finance, General
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Journalism

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Computer Science
  • Information Science/Studies
  • Information Technology

  • Education

  • Education, General
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Special Education and Teaching, General

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • French Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Nursing Science
  • Physician Assistant
  • Pre-Dentistry Studies
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
  • Pre-Pharmacy Studies
  • Pre-Veterinary Studies

  • History

  • History, General

  • Legal Professions and Studies

  • Pre-Law Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Biopsychology

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Public Policy Analysis

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics, General
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Directing and Theatrical Production
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General

Students Say

Wagner College, located on Staten Island, is a "tight-knit and fun, yet academically challenging," liberal arts school that operates under the Wagner Plan, combining a solid foundation in the liberal arts with practical and applied experiences like internships, with a commitment to service learning and community. The school is "in the perfect location with a surplus of unique resources" and is composed of "an excellent and vibrant community that supports its students every step of the way." The "commitment of the faculty and staff have for the student body is outstanding." Thanks to the plan, students are encouraged "to explore and reflect upon a myriad of subjects and issues." "Even though I am a biology major, I have the wonderful opportunity to explore interdisciplinary topics in the humanities and social sciences throughout my undergraduate career," says one student. The college's unique first-year program consists of a set of three classes with the same twenty-eight students, which "helps transition us from high school to college by progressively learning how to write college-level pieces as well as by engaging in a mandatory thirty-hour community service requirement." This "small, beautiful learning community" is guided by an "extremely attentive and competent" faculty. The professors "ask you to do your best and to push your limitations away" and are "extremely accessible outside of class." "The first time I was nervous about registration, my advisor sat down had lunch, and we registered together," says a student. "It is comforting that I can go to my professors whenever I need assistance with work." The school's science and physicians' assistant programs are notably strong, as are the "fantastic" theater and musical programs. Students all universally agree that Wagner "lets you experience all different types of subjects by following the concept: learning by doing."


Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Opportunities at School


Notable Faculty

Prominent Alumni

John H. Myers
President and CEO of GE Asset Management (retired)

Kurt M. Landgraf
President and CEO of Educational Testing Services

Michael Tadross
Film Producer

Renee Marino
Film and Theater Star

Rich Negrin
Deputy Mayor of Philadelphia

Jedidiah Bila
Television Host

Andrew Bailey
Major League Baseball Player

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes

Students are also able to get out of the classroom and out from behind the computer to study abroad via Wagner's Expanding Your Horizons program, which offers students the opportunity to take a course that incorporates short, ten- to twelve-day international or domestic faculty-led trips. The courses prepare students before the trip and allow them to process and apply what they have learned afterward. Rose Tobiassen, a 2012 graduate in anthropology, tells us that experiential learning opportunities like the Expanding Your Horizons program "was a big draw" when it came to deciding between colleges. She explains, "I knew that I wanted a hands-on educational experience, and while I didn't know exactly what I wanted to study when I started college, I knew that I wanted to be exposed to a lot of different places and experiences. Specifically, the Expanding your Horizons program interested me in that it offered experiences abroad in unique places." In 2015, students went to Bangladesh, where they studied environmental health; Mexico, where they studied art and culture in San Miguel de Allende; Germany and Poland, where they studied Nazism and the Holocaust; and Senegal, where they studied the "Transatlantic Triangle: From Harlem Renaissance, Paris' Negritude Movement To Nationalism & Independence of Africa." At Wagner, 26 percent of students have studied abroad by their senior year. For Rose Tobiassen, study away in Kenya was a future-making experience. "I was unsure of what I wanted to study when I started college, and my very first anthropology class changed all of that. The discipline fascinated me and it was an area of academics that catered to all of my strengths. I had a fantastic supervisor, who was also my anthropology professor, who helped expose me to so many of the different facets of the discipline, and she helped me look at the many ways I could translate my anthropology degree and skills into exciting careers that I would be passionate about. My experience in Kenya was what inspired me to pursue international development," she explains.


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Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

Costs for the 2015-16 academic year:
Tuition: $42,030
Room and Board: $13,000
Total: $55,030

Financial Aid

Financial Aid and Scholarships
Students with outstanding academic records and/or exceptional demonstrated talent may be eligible to receive scholarships. Academic scholarships are awarded at the time of admission and do not require a special application.

90 percent of students receive some form of financial aid. A Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required to determine need-based aid eligibility.


Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

On-Campus Room and Board
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology

Scholarships and Grants


Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Nursing Loans
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


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Beyond the Classroom
Wagner offers a full spectrum of student activities, including more than 90 student clubs and organizations. These programs not only enrich the undergraduate years but also serve to prepare students for the challenges of life after graduation. As an NCAA Division I institution, Wagner offers 10 men’s and 12 women’s sports. Intramural programs and the College’s 93,000-square-foot sports and recreation center provide all students with athletic opportunities.

Students represent 43 different states and 25 countries. Over 60% of students are from outside New York State.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment



64% female
36% male
52% are out of state
98% are full time
2% are part time

Students Say

The student body here celebrates its "diverse" makeup but Division I athletics and the "great theater program" are very visible in this "small close community." But a student not in either of these programs can find their group through clubs and the major that they are in." Many students have "one major and a minor," and "half of them might study abroad for a semester and or have one or two internships before they graduate." Everyone basically goes about their own business, but "is very approachable." No one seems to have any trouble finding their own crowd, but even once that occurs, "different crowds frequently mingle and almost everyone gets along." "People just talk to everyone," says a student.


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Wagner College is located on Grymes Hill in New York City's borough of Staten Island, a neighborhood of historic turn-of-the-century estates and mansions. Once the American home of the Cunard shipping lines dynasty, Wagner's residential campus enables students to be part of the city in a beautiful and tranquil setting ideal for study, reflection, and contemplation.

Over 80% of students reside in one of Wagner’s four residence halls.

Campus Tour Videos

Main Campus Tour Link
Main Hall
Mergerle Science Hall
Spiro Hall
Student Union
Spiro Sports Center
Harbor View Hall
Foundation Hall
Shuttle Service to Manhattan

Off-Campus Opportunities

Be Part of the City
Students can take advantage of the professional and cultural opportunities of Manhattan by taking a free 25 minute ride away on the Staten Island Ferry.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Students Say

At Wagner, students are "mostly concerned about their careers, whether they want to make it on Broadway or find the cure for cancer." There's plenty of school-run activities "through co-curricular programs and various clubs," so there are "countless things to do." Beyond all doubt, "the best thing to do…is to take advantage of New York City." The campus is just "a ferry ride away from Manhattan," and the majority of people takes the Wagner shuttle to the S.I. ferry ("all for free!") and goes to the city, whether to shop, eat, or go to a Broadway show. On weekends, there are "parties run by organizations from time to time" or in dorm rooms, since "there is no off-campus housing." Every year, the school has an event called Wagner Stock, where a famous musician or group comes to play. Food is a huge pain point here: Students want "more access to the dining hall in the late hours of the night," "more food options," and just better food in general.

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

8% join a fraternity
12% join a sorority


Athletic Division
Division I

24% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Seahawks)
10 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Water Polo
Women's Sports (Seahawks)
13 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Water Polo

Student Services

LGBT Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: St. John's University


Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources:

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Dell site for private purchase.

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

James Gibbons
Director of Admissions

Office of Admissions
1 Campus Road
Staten Island, NY 10301



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Wagner Student Union
Spiro Sports Center
Horrmann Library
Main Hall Theatre
Foundation Hall

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Manhattan - shopping and museums
Statue of Liberty
Greenwich Village
Staten Island Yankees
Staten Island Ferry
see our website at for a list of attractions.

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Monday-Friday: 10-3pm, some Saturdays 11am
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

select Saturdays

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Contact Admissions Office

Select dates in Spring for admitted students only


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Plane: Three major airports serve New York City. Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey is most accessible, though LaGuardia and JFK Airports are within reasonable travel distance. Taxi service is available between Wagner College and all three airports. Train: Amtrak, Long Island Railroad and New Jersey Transit arrive at Penn Station in Manhattan at 34th Street and 7th Avenue. Wagner College can be reached from Manhattan by taking the Staten Island Ferry, leaving at regular intervals throughout the day from the ferry terminal in lower Manhattan. From Penn Station, take either a cab or New York City Subway (IRT Downtown #1 or #9 train to South Ferry; IRT #4 or #5 train to Bowling Green; IRT N or R to Whitehall Station) to Battery Park Ferry Terminal. Take the Staten Island Ferry (no fare) to Staten Island. From the ferry terminal on Staten Island, the College provides a free shuttle.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the NORTH and EAST: From Long Island via the Belt Parkway or New England via the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway: Proceed to the Verrazano Narrows Bridge. After the tollbooths on the Staten Island side of the bridge, proceed straight along I-278 West for approximately one mile to Exit 13 ("Richmond Road/Clove Road"). This exit ramp leads to a service road running parallel to I-278. Proceed on the service road to the third set of lights at Clove Road. Turn right onto Clove Road, and proceed approximately 100 yards to the first light at Howard Avenue. Turn right onto Howard Avenue. You will pass through three traffic lights, and at the top of Grymes Hill, pass Main Hall and Sutter Oval on the right. Immediately after the third traffic light, turn right into the main entrance of Wagner College, marked "Wagner College Main Parking Entrance." From the NORTH, WEST, and SOUTH: Take the New Jersey Turnpike (From points north and west) or the Garden State Parkway (from the New Jersey shore area) or US 1 or 9 to either the Outerbridge Crossing or the Goethals Bridge. VIA THE OUTERBRIDGE CROSSING from the New Jersey Turnpike, take Exit 10, or from the Garden State Parkway, Exit 127 and follow signs to the Outerbridge Crossing onto Staten Island. Route 1 and 9 travelers exit onto 440 North. After the tollbooths on Staten Island, proceed north on Route 440 ("West Shore Expressway) to the Staten Island Expressway/Route 278 East. Follow 278 East to Exit 13(Clove Road/Richmond Road/Hylan Boulevard"). Note: Do not exit at earlier Richmond Avenue exit. At the light at the end of the exit ramp, turn left onto Clove Road. At the second light on Clove Road, turn right onto Howard Avenue (look for the Wagner College sign at this intersection). Pass through three traffic lights on Howard Avenue, and at the top of Grymes Hill, turn right into the main entrance of Wagner College. VIA THE GOETHALS BRIDGE Take the New Jersey Turnpike to Exit 13. Cross the Goethals Bridge, and after the tollbooths on Staten Island, proceed on I-278 East. Continue on I-278 East to Exit 13 ("Clove Road/Richmond Road/Hylan Boulevard"). Note: Do not exit at the earlier Richmond Avenue exit. At the end of the exit ramp, turn left onto Clove Road. At the second light on Clove Road, turn right onto Howard Avenue (look for Wagner College sign at this intersection). Pass through three traffic lights on Howard Avenue, and at the top of Grymes Hill, turn right into the main entrance of Wagner College.

Local Accommodations
Staten Island Hilton Garden Inn (1100 South Avenue, SI NY 10314 phone:718-477-2400). *Special Rate for guests visiting Wagner. Please inform the reservation clerk that you are visiting Wagner College. Hampton Inn & Suites 1120 South Avenue Staten Island, NY 10314 (718) 477-1600 *Special Rate for guests visiting Wagner. Please inform the reservation clerk that you are visiting Wagner College.

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