Wagner College named one of America’s best colleges in new Princeton Review guide

Wagner College was named one of America’s best colleges in the Princeton Review’s new “Best 382 Colleges” guide, which was released today.

Special kudos went to the Wagner College Theatre program, which was ranked Number 4 in the nation.

Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges are profiled in the “Best 382 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 382 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 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 #4 in America

Wagner College Theatre was ranked #4 among collegiate theater programs in America in the Princeton Review’s “Best Colleges” guide for 2018.

Wagner came ahead of Muhlenberg, Sarah Lawrence, Bennington, Bard, Northwestern 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.”

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The Princeton Review tallied the rankings for the 2018 edition based on its surveys of 137,000 students (average 358 per campus) attending the 382 colleges in the book in 2016-17 and/or the previous two school years.

The survey asks students 84 questions about their school's academics, administration, student body, and themselves. The format uses a five-point Likert scale to convert qualitative student assessments into quantitative data for school-to-school comparisons. You'll find more information on the ranking methodology on the Princeton Review website.