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About Wagner College

Wagner College is a private, 4-year college in the New York City borough of Staten Island. The school was named a top school in the Northeast by The Princeton Review in 2012. The college's academic philosophy, called 'The Wagner Plan', emphasizes the practical side of learning and aims to integrate students into larger academic and social communities.


Undergraduate students at Wagner College can major in a variety of subject areas through 21 departments or enroll in the school's pre-law or pre-health sciences programs. Wagner also offers graduate degree programs in 7 areas of study and programs for non-matriculating adults and school-age children, which are available both online and on campus.

In 2012, 4 of the college's 'Wagner Plan' initiatives - the first-year experience, learning communities, service learning, and internship programs - were recognized by U.S. News & World Report as high-impact programs. The school has an honors program that includes honors courses, early registration, and a senior project. On-campus facilities include centers for writing, career preparation, leadership, government reform, and intercultural advancement (which includes the school's study abroad programs).


Applicants to Wagner College can use the Common Application. There are specific submission guidelines or deadlines for some applicants, including those hoping for early admission or music scholarships and those applying to the physician assistant and theatre programs. International undergraduate applicants must submit TOEFL scores.

SAT or ACT scores are only required to be submitted when applying for the physician assistant program. Submission of scores is optional for other applicants. Applicants are encouraged, but not required, to participate in an interview. Credit will be given for AP scores of 4 or 5, and credit may be given for International Baccalaureate scores of 5 or higher.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition for the 2012-13 school year is $37,240, with an additional $11,160 for room and board. Some classes will have extra fees for lab and studio use, but there are no fees for parking or use of other facilities. A payment plan is available for students wishing to pay off their balance over time. In addition to institutional aid, students can apply for state and federal grants and federal and private loans. Students hoping to receive financial aid should submit the FAFSA. The school recommends submitting the FAFSA by February 15.

All students who apply for admission are automatically considered for academic scholarships. Scholarships based on non-academic performance, such as music, theatre, or athletics, require the submission of further materials. Students can find 2 scholarships available in conjunction with the Tailhook Educational Foundation; these require application through the foundation in addition to the admissions application for Wagner. Wagner also has a student employment program. Graduate students can apply for graduate assistantships, and graduate students who attended Wagner for their undergraduate degrees are eligible for alumni fellowships.

School Type 4-year, private*
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's, post-master's certificates*
Religious Affiliation Lutheran Church in America**
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Urban*
Student Body 1,800 undergraduate students, 375 graduate students as of 2012*
Student Housing 4 residence halls*
Departments 21 departments*
Student-Faculty Ratio 13 to 1*
Most Popular Undergraduate Fields of Study (Number of Recipients) In 2010-11:
Bachelor's: business, management, marketing and related fields (101), health professions (86), visual and performing arts (68)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 75% in 5 years*
Admission Rate 71%**
Entering Class 475 in fall 2012*
First-Year Retention Rates 88%*
Average SAT/ACT Scores of Admitted Students 1,700, SAT; 26, ACT; as of 2012*
Application Due Date December 15 for spring 2013, February 15 for fall 2013*
Decision Notification Date Decision letters start going out at the beginning of February*
Tuition $37,240 per year in 2012-13*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percentage of New Students Receiving It) In 2010-11: federal grants (20%), state and local grants/scholarships (18%), institutional grants/scholarships (98%), federal loans (66%), other loans (10%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 94% as of 2012*

Sources: *Wagner College; **NCES' College Navigator.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Wagner College Admissions, 1 Campus Road, Staten Island, NY 10301
  • Phone: (800) 221-1010 or (718) 390-3411
  • Website: www.wagner.edu

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