Accolades and Honors

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America's Best Colleges logoWagner ranked among the top 15 colleges in the country for 'Programs to Look For' — and #26 among northern regional universities. We've been among the Top 30 in our region since 2000.

Wagner College was named one of America’s best colleges in 2016 edition of the Princeton Review’s “Best 380 Colleges” guide. Special kudos went to the Wagner College Theater program, which was ranked Number 2 in the nation.

White HouseWagner College has won White House community service honors for the eighth year in a row (December 2014).

2012 Washington Monthly rankings issue coverWagner College is ranked in the Top 15% in Washington Monthly's 2012 master’s universities rankings — up from its Top 20% placement in 2011. The rankings are based on our contribution to the public good in three broad categories: Social Mobility, Research and Service.

Carnegie emblemWagner College’s Community Engagement Classification, first awarded in 2008 by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, was renewed in January 2015. Wagner is one of only 6 institutions in New York City currently recognized with the classification.

Washington Center (button)Wagner College won the second annual Higher Education Civic Engagement Award, given by the Washington Center for Internships & Academic Seminars.

Parchment logo (Accolades) 2Wagner College ranked very high on the list of colleges chosen by students who were admitted to more than one school, according to the 2015 Parchment Student Choice College Rankings. Wagner ranked #6 on the list of 261 schools granting master’s degrees, and #91 on the overall list of 726 institutions nationwide.

Forbes Top Colleges issue coverFor the third year in a row, Wagner College appeared on the Forbes 2015 America's Top Colleges list, produced in partnership with the Center for College Affordability and Productivity. The Forbes list emphasizes “output over input,” looking at things like graduation rates and alumni salaries rather than incoming freshmen SAT scores.

Money Magazine random cover (a)Wagner College appeared in Money magazine’s second annual Best Colleges for Your Money list for 2015, a ranking of the top 736 colleges and universities in America, big and small, public and private, Ivy and otherwise.

PayScale square logoThe salaries of Wagner College alums ranked #16 among grads of colleges and universities in New York State and #84 nationwide, according to PayScale’s 2015-16 College Salary Report.

AC-Online-High-ROI-Colleges-BadgeWagner College has been ranked among the Highest ROI Colleges in New York state by the nonprofit organization Affordable Colleges Online. Wagner was one of just 84 colleges and universities statewide that were tagged for their high Return On Investment.

COE logo (button)The National League for Nursing named Wagner College’s Evelyn L. Spiro School of Nursing a 2012-2016 Center of Excellence in Nursing Education — one of only 17 collegiate nursing programs in the U.S. so designated.

NCATE (2)Wagner College's Education Department passed a rigorous inspection by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, winning reaccreditation through 2019.

Military Friendly Schools 2012G.I. Jobs magazine ID's Wagner as a Military Friendly School for the 2nd year in a row; list recognizes schools "that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students."

Kiplinger Best ListFor the first time, Wagner College appeared on Kiplinger’s list of the top 100 best values in private universities, published in the December 2010 issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.

Open DoorsWagner was ranked among the Top 40 master's-granting colleges and universities in the United States for undergraduate Study Abroad participation in 2010.

ACE logoA Wagner College course conducted simultaneously in two classrooms on two continents won the American Council on Education's “Bringing the World into the Classroom” competition.

Cover (web)Wagner College makes CosmoGIRL! list of the Top 100 Co-Ed Colleges in the country (2007) in recognition of excellent women's sports, leadership opportunities, and intimate class sizes.

AAC&UA first-year interdisciplinary learning community is cited as a model of its type by an Association of American Colleges and Universities science program.

Wagner College grounds crew wins Lynne Robbins Steinman Foundation's Beautiful Staten Island Award in recognition of our beautiful campus.

Hesburgh awardWagner's First-Year Program wins TIAA-CREF Theodore M. Hesburgh Award, which recognizes faculty development programs that enhance undergraduate teaching and learning.

ProjectPericlesIn May 2005, Wagner College’s Board of Trustees voted to make an institutional commitment to Project Pericles, choosing an educational model designed for “social responsibility and civic concern” that would impact all campus constituents.

010910 Time magazine coverTIME MAGAZINE 'COLLEGE OF THE YEAR' FINALIST, 2001. Wagner College was one of the four finalists in the liberal arts colleges category for Time magazines' 2001 "College of the Year" accolade. That year's distinction was especially valuable to Wagner, because the focus was on "colleges that know how to help newcomers survive and thrive." Wagner College was selected as a finalist because of its first-year program of small, interdisciplinary learning communities that give incoming freshman a "home" within the college from day one. The College of the Year results were published in Time magazine's Sept. 10, 2001 issue. They were overshadowed by the tragic events that unfolded the next day: the terrorists attacks that, a decade later, are still referred to simply as "9/11".