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Wagner makes Princeton Review’s ‘Best Colleges’ list

    Wagner College is listed in the Princeton Review’s “Best 377 Colleges” guide for the ninth year in a row. The annual guide will be released on Tuesday, Aug. 21.
Wagner College also appeared on several of the specialized Top 20 lists compiled by the Princeton Review, including “Best College Theater” and “Class Discussions are Encouraged,” as well as the lists of great schools for education and health services majors.
This is the second time Wagner College has appeared on the “Class Discussions are Encouraged” list, where the Staten Island institution ranked Number 8 among the Top 20 schools.
This is the ninth year in a row that the Wagner College Theater has been ranked among the top collegiate stage programs in the nation. Wagner is No. 4 on this year’s Best College Theaters list, directly behind Carnegie Mellon and Yale universities. See the Huffington Post's highlight on the best colleges for theater.
The “Great Schools” lists are not ranked like the “Best College Theater” or “Class Discussions” lists are; instead, they are rosters containing all the schools across the nation deemed “Great Schools” for 16 different majors. The “Great Schools” rosters first appeared in 2007. Wagner College has been listed on the “Education Majors” roster every year since it first appeared. We appeared on the “Health Services Majors” roster this year for the first time. This year’s “Health Services” roster includes 44 colleges and universities nationwide, including Wagner; the “Education” roster includes 37 schools across the country.
Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and three colleges outside the U.S.A. are profiled in the "Best 377 Colleges" book, which is the Princeton Review's flagship college guide. It includes detailed profiles of the colleges with rating scores for all schools in eight categories, based on the Princeton Review’s surveys of students attending the colleges.
“We commend Wagner College for outstanding academics, which are the primary criteria for our selection of schools for the book,” says Robert Franek, Princeton Review's publisher and author of “The Best 377 Colleges.” “Our choices are based on institutional data we collect about schools, our visits to schools over the years, feedback we gather from students attending the schools, and the opinions of our staff and our 30-member National College Counselor Advisory Board. We also work to keep a wide representation of colleges in the book by region, size, selectivity and character.”
“It is always gratifying to have our work recognized by independent organizations,” said Wagner President Richard Guarasci. “This is once again a tribute to the hard work of our faculty, students and the staff members who support them.”
In its profile on Wagner, the Princeton Review quotes extensively from students surveyed for the book. Wagner students describe the college as a “tight-knit and fun, yet academically challenging” liberal arts school. 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.” Students universally agree that Wagner “lets you experience all different types of subjects by following the concept: learning by doing.”
The Princeton Review does not rank the colleges in the book academically or from 1 to 377 in any category. Instead, it reports in the book 62 ranking lists of “Top 20” colleges in various categories. The lists are entirely based on the Princeton Review's survey of 122,000 students (about 324 per campus, on average) attending the colleges in the book, and not on the Princeton Review's opinion of the schools. The 80-question survey asks students to rate their own schools on several topics and report on their campus experiences at them. Topics range from assessments of their professors to opinions about their financial aid and campus food.

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