Accolades and Honors

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New York Times front page 71x94The New York Times ranked Wagner College #6 on a list of the highest “value added” colleges in the nation. "Common Sense" columnist James B. Stewart worked with Brookings Institution fellow Jonathan Rockwell on a scale measuring the value added by a college to what its students bring with them to campus.

Wagner College was one of only 50 colleges throughout the country that was included in a highly exclusive new guide to best-value schools published by Princeton Review, “Colleges That Create Futures: 50 Schools That Launch Careers by Going Beyond the Classroom”

America's Best Colleges logoWagner College was ranked among the top 18 percent of northern regional universities in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 Best Colleges rankings. Wagner was also called a 'Best Value' and among the 'Most Innovative' in its region.

Wagner College was named one of America’s best colleges in the 2020 edition of the Princeton Review’s “Best 385 Colleges” guide. Special kudos went to the Wagner College Theater program, which was ranked Number 3 in the nation.

Wagner College was listed among the top 16% of American colleges and universities for public service in the 2019 Washington Monthly magazine rankings of master's schools “that serve the best interests of the country as a whole.”

Carnegie emblemWagner College’s Community Engagement Classification, first awarded in 2008 by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, was renewed in January 2015. Wagner is one of only 6 institutions in New York City currently recognized with the classification.

Washington Center (button)Wagner College won the second annual Higher Education Civic Engagement Award, given by the Washington Center for Internships & Academic Seminars.

Parchment logo (Accolades) 2Wagner College ranked very high on the list of colleges chosen by students who were admitted to more than one school, according to the 2015 Parchment Student Choice College Rankings. Wagner ranked #6 on the list of 261 schools granting master’s degrees, and #91 on the overall list of 726 institutions nationwide.

Forbes Top Colleges issue coverFor the seventh year in a row, Wagner College appears on the Forbes magazine's 2019 America’s Top Colleges list. “These 650 count as the best in country,” say Forbes editors. “We include just 15% of the 4,300 degree-granting postsecondary institutions in the U.S., so appearing here … is an indication that a school meets a high standard.”

Wagner College appeared in Money magazine’s 2019 Best Colleges for Your Money list, a ranking of the top 744 colleges and universities in America — big and small, public and private, Ivy and otherwise — that provide an above-average value for students’ and parents’ money. Wagner was rated the top-value college on Staten Island.

PayScale square logoWagner alumni salaries were ranked in the top 12% nationwide (#175 of 1,566 ranked bachelor's colleges and universities), according to the PayScale 2019 College Salary Report. Also, for ROI: top 21% among ALL schools, and top 16% for private schools nationwide.

AC-Online-High-ROI-Colleges-BadgeWagner College has been ranked among the Highest ROI Colleges in New York state by the nonprofit organization Affordable Colleges Online. Wagner was one of just 84 colleges and universities statewide that were tagged for their high Return On Investment.

COE logo (button)The National League for Nursing named Wagner College’s Evelyn L. Spiro School of Nursing a 2012-2016 Center of Excellence in Nursing Education — one of only 17 collegiate nursing programs in the U.S. so designated.

NCATE (2)Wagner College's Education Department passed a rigorous inspection by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, winning reaccreditation through 2019.

Wagner College has been certified as a 2018 Military Friendly School. Wagner is extremely devoted to serving our veteran and active military servicemen. We are currently ranked #20 in the north by U.S. News and World Report as a Best College for Veterans.

Kiplinger Best ListFor the first time, Wagner College appeared on Kiplinger’s list of the top 100 best values in private universities, published in the December 2010 issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.

Wagner College was listed among the Top 40 master’s-granting colleges and universities in the country for undergraduate Study Abroad participation in the 2017 Open Doors report.

White HouseWagner College has won White House community service honors for the eighth year in a row (December 2014).

ACE logoA Wagner College course conducted simultaneously in two classrooms on two continents won the American Council on Education's “Bringing the World into the Classroom” competition.

Cover (web)Wagner College makes CosmoGIRL! list of the Top 100 Co-Ed Colleges in the country (2007) in recognition of excellent women's sports, leadership opportunities, and intimate class sizes.

AAC&UA first-year interdisciplinary learning community is cited as a model of its type by an Association of American Colleges and Universities science program.

Wagner College grounds crew wins Lynne Robbins Steinman Foundation's Beautiful Staten Island Award in recognition of our beautiful campus.

Hesburgh awardWagner's First-Year Program wins TIAA-CREF Theodore M. Hesburgh Award, which recognizes faculty development programs that enhance undergraduate teaching and learning.

ProjectPericlesIn May 2005, Wagner College’s Board of Trustees voted to make an institutional commitment to Project Pericles, choosing an educational model designed for “social responsibility and civic concern” that would impact all campus constituents.

010910 Time magazine coverTIME Magazine 'College of the Year' Finalist, 2001. Wagner College was one of the four finalists in the liberal arts colleges category for Time magazines' 2001 "College of the Year" accolade. That year's distinction was especially valuable to Wagner, because the focus was on "colleges that know how to help newcomers survive and thrive." Wagner College was selected as a finalist because of its first-year program of small, interdisciplinary learning communities that give incoming freshman a "home" within the college from day one. The College of the Year results were published in Time magazine's Sept. 10, 2001 issue. They were overshadowed by the tragic events that unfolded the next day: the terrorists attacks that, more than a decade later, are still referred to simply as "9/11".