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Reported by Krizia Ruiz, New York 1

Aired Thursday, Aug. 31, 2016

Wagner College and the College of Staten Island recently received national recognition.

Washington Monthly ranked the College of Staten Island among the top 20 in its “Best Bang for the Buck” category.

“Actually it’s pretty much affordable”, said a CSI student.

“Yeah I won’t have to worry about a 50 thousand dollar debt,” said another CSI student.

The magazine selected the school based on how it helps underprivileged students get degrees without having to drown in debt.

Rankings are based on criteria including the graduation rate, percentage of students receiving Pell Grants, and future salary potential.

It’s a recognition the school’s president says he’s proud of.

“I think it’s very exciting and part of it is because our mission in the City University of New York is to provide access to high quality education to the residents of New York,” said William J. Fritz, President, CSI.

The magazine also ranked the college 146 for ‘National Universities for a Master’s Degree’ and number 66 for ‘Best College for Adults.’

“It shows us that we are on the right track and most importantly that we are providing the kind of education that helps our students be successful throughout their lives,” said Jennifer Borrero, Vice President Student Enrollment Services, CSI.

The Princeton Review named Wagner College one of America’s best colleges.

The school’s theatre program received special recognition, ranking Number 3 in the nation.

“It’s really quite an honor because it recognizes not just the work that our students do, our alumni, our faculty but also how we bring audiences together, said Felicia Ruff, Chair, Wagner College Theatre Department.

“They truly are some of the most dedicated students I have ever seen, and the tremendous faculty and the chemistry of the two is just quite remarkable,” said Richard Guarasci, President, Wagner College.

Washington Monthly also recognized the school among the top third of universities granting masters degrees.

It was also highlighted for community service and value.

“Our goal is that Wagner is a real virtue and a real jewel for the island so that more people want to come here,” said Guarasci.

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