Frequently Asked Questions

General Information


What are the most popular majors at Wagner?

Currently, biological sciences, education, psychology, and business are our top four most enrolled majors. Most students, however, enter the College undecided in their major area of study. Wagner offers over 25 academic majors and programs.

How much does Wagner cost?

For the 2014-2015 academic year: $40,450 for tuition, and $12,450 for room and board. This includes housing and a regular meal plan. We do not have extra costs for parking, use of our sports center, technology, etc. There are additional charges for labs and studio fees in certain science, music and art classes.   

How many students attend Wagner?

The current enrollment is about 1900 full-time undergraduates, and 325 graduate students.

Where are your students from geographically?

Our student body represents 43 states and 21 countries.

What is the freshman retention rate? What is the college's graduation rate?

88% return for their sophomore year; 75% graduate in five years. Both numbers are well above the national average.

What is the college's minority population?

About 16% of our undergraduates represent students of underrepresented groups.

Is the college accredited? By whom?

The college is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. Specific portions of Wagner's academic program have recognition and accreditation by national professional agencies such as the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs, the National League for Nursing, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and the American Chemical Society.

 

Applying to Wagner


What grades/test scores do I need in order to be admitted to Wagner as a first-year student?

On average, our applicants have an 89 (or 3.4) GPA from a strong college preparatory curriculum and a 1700 (of 2400) SAT and/or 26 ACT. If a student believes that their SAT or ACT scores do not reflect their actual academic ability, they do not need to submit them as part of the application. International students must show English language proficiency by supplying official test scores. The minimum required iBT TOEFL is 79; the required minimum IELTS band score is 6.5. For accreditation reasons, students applying to the Physician Assistant program are required to submit either SAT or ACT scores.

When is the deadline for applying?

Our general deadline is February 15th and our Early Action deadline is December 1st.  Physician Assistant applicants and Theatre applicants must have a completed application submitted on or before December 1st. Music applicants interested in attending our Audition Day need to submit their completed application by December 1st.

When will I hear a decision from the Admissions Office?

Because Wagner is a competitive college, we do not have rolling admission; we begin sending decision letters for regular decision students on February 1. Early Action students hear from us, at the latest, by January 15. Physician Assistant candidates are notified in early February.

Are there scholarships offered?

Wagner has a merit-based system for scholarships, and these awards are based on all material submitted for admission; which includes official transcripts and test scores, class rank, letters of recommendation, personal essay, activities/extracurricular lists, and interview (recommended).

How do I apply for financial aid? What forms are necessary and when is the deadline?

We use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The form is available after January 1 and we recommend sending the form in by February 15.  The code for Wagner is 002899. For more detailed information about financial aid at Wagner, please visit the Office of Financial Aid. About 95 % of students receive institutional aid at Wagner. Families looking for an early estimate of their financial aid package should use the FAFSA4caster.

How many students applied last year? Were accepted? Enrolled?

For the incoming fall 2014 freshmen class:
  • 2,525 applicants
  • 2,000 admitted
  • 450 enrolled
What is the procedure for auditioning for a Theatre or Music scholarship?

All potential students interested in majoring in Theatre must send in a completed application by December 1. Students who are seeking a music scholarship are required to submit an application prior to December 1st in order to schedule an audition. You need not be a Music major to qualify for a music scholarship. You must first submit your completed admissions application to the Admissions Office for academic review prior to scheduling an audition date.

What is your policy on AP or IB credits? What about college credit courses taken while I'm in high school?

You will get Wagner credit for any AP tests where you score a 4 or 5. Students who present scores of 5 or better on the IB higher level examinations may be granted advanced standing and/or credit. Wagner does not evaluate college courses for transfer unless the class was taken physically at the college or university and led by a professor with other college students in attendance. Typically, courses taken before graduation from high school are not transferable, but are usually viewed as a more challenging course by the admissions counselor. Please contact the Admissions Office directly should you have any questions.

Do I have to schedule an interview for admission?

An interview is recommended, not required. We do suggest that if you come for a tour, you also request an interview. It allows an opportunity for your admissions counselor to ask any questions he or she may have about your application.

Is the TOEFL required of international students? What score is required? Do you have ESL classes on campus?

The TOEFL is required of undergraduate international applicants. The minimum score is a 79 on the TOEFL iBT (or a 550 on the paper test), or a minimum score of 6.5 on the IELTS exam to waive our English language requirement. We do not offer ESL classes on campus.

 

Learning at Wagner


What do I do if I don't yet know what to study?

All students, except those admitted to our Theatre or Physician Assistant programs, are "undeclared" in their area of study. Approximately 50% of students apply as an "Undecided" student while others list an area of major interest on their application for admission.  Once a student is on campus and officially declares a major, an advisor will be appointed from the respective academic department.

What is your students/faculty ratio? How large are the classes?

Our current student teacher ratio is 14:1; our classes are taught by our professors exclusively, not graduate/teaching assistants. The average class size at Wagner is 18. A typical first-year class at Wagner has 20-25 students.

Do you have any graduate students teaching classes?

We do have graduate assistants in our academic and athletic departments, but they never teach our classes. Graduate assistants typically aid the professors with exam review, laboratory sciences, research, and general course preparation.

Are class visits possible at Wagner?

Yes, after you have been admitted for admission, you may contact your admissions counselor for available visit dates. Our volunteer Student Ambassadors host prospective students on certain pre-arranged dates throughout the spring semester. You will be sent an invitation to these visit dates once you have been admitted.

Does Wagner offer a formal program for students requiring accommodations?

While we do not have a formalized LD program, we do work with students on an individual basis from the point of application to ensure we have the counseling or services necessary in our Advisement Center.

Do you have an honors program? How do I join the program?

We do have an honors program, which is not a separate honors college but a very individualized program. Top scholarship recipients are invited to join our honors program by invitation.

 

Living at Wagner


Is on-campus housing guaranteed for four years? What percentage of students live on campus?

Housing is guaranteed as long as you apply to the College as a resident student and follow our deadlines for returning the housing contract and questionnaire as part of the New Student Form. You must also follow the policies of the Housing lottery each year. About 80% of our undergraduates reside on campus, and most students live in our residence halls for the four years.

How many students are active in Greek life?

Approximately 15% of our undergraduates are involved in our fraternities and sororities.

Do you have job/career placement?

Yes! Our Center for Academic and Career Engagement (centrally located for easy access in our Student Union) offers everything from running seminars to prepare you for an interview to resume preparation to counseling on which position is right for your goals.

Do you have internships or co-op programs?

We absolutely have internships! Wagner starts out with experiential learning in the first semester, and then progresses to internships, study abroad, etc. All seniors must complete an internship or practicum in their major area of study. For more information, please also see the Wagner Plan section of this site.

Can I have a car on campus my first year? What is the parking fee?

All students are permitted to have a car on campus; it must be registered with the Public Safety Office.  However, parking is limited, and we would encourage you not to bring your own car if you are living on campus.  Wagner provides a campus shuttle that takes students to the Staten Island Ferry, which transports people to and from Manhattan.  Staten Island has an extensive public transportation system; one bus line stops at the main entrance to the college.  Taxi and car services are also available.

How do I get in touch with an athletic coach for recruitment?

Wagner competes at the NCAA Division I level for all athletic teams.  To learn more about our teams, view team schedules, and find coaches' contact information, visit wagnerathletics.com.

 

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