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2017 (2016) PR Best coverWagner College was named one of America’s best colleges in the Princeton Review’s new “Best 381 Colleges” guide, which was released this afternoon.

Special kudos went to the Wagner College Theater program, which was ranked Number 3 in the nation.

Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges are profiled in the “Best 381 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.

In its overall profile on Wagner College, this year’s Princeton Review “Best 381 Colleges” guide 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.”

Theater program #3 in America

The Wagner College Theatre was ranked #3 among collegiate theater programs in America in the Princeton Review’s “Best Colleges” guide for 2017.

Wagner came behind Muhlenberg and Sarah Lawrence — and ahead of Bennington, Bard, Fordham, Columbia, the University of Chicago and Brown, among others.

The WCT has been ranked among the top 5 collegiate theater programs in the United States by the Princeton Review for more than a decade. See the complete list here.

The department, created in 1968, has a long list of distinguished alumni, from Tony Award winner Randy Graff ’76 to “Jersey Boys” film star Renee Marino ’04.

“Wagner College’s tradition of doing theater, particularly musical theater, clearly remains strong,” WCT chair Felicia Ruff said. “We take pride in our work on stage and in the classroom, but we are even prouder of our community, which is united by our belief in the importance of live performance. Our ranking is a well-deserved endorsement of our excellent faculty and the values they teach, but it is also evidence of the power of storytelling to impact our culture, especially our campus culture.”

The Top 20 lists

The various top 20 lists included in the Princeton Review's “Best 380 Colleges” book — such as the Best College Theater list — are compiled from student surveys about many aspects of campus life, coursework and administration at their own institutions.

“Schools that make it onto any of our 62 top 20 lists are those at which the surveyed students (as a group) indicated a very high consensus of opinion about that topic,” Princeton Review editors explained.

For more online about the Princeton Review’s surveys and how they are interpreted, visit the publication’s website.

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