Accolades and Honors

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Wagner Magazine won a Grand Gold Award for its Fall 2021 feature story on the 1970 struggle by Black students to make Wagner College a more equitable place.

Wagner College was ranked among the top 23 percent of northern regional universities in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2023 Best Colleges rankings. Wagner was also called a 'Best Value' among the 175 top-tier schools in its region, and the nursing program’s reputation was ranked in the national top tier.

Wagner College was named one of America’s best colleges in the 2023 edition of the Princeton Review’s “Best 388 Colleges” guide. Special kudos went to the Wagner College Theatre program, which was ranked #3 on the list of the country's Best College Theaters.

Wagner College was listed among the top 12% of American colleges and universities for public service in the 2021 Washington Monthly magazine rankings of master's schools “based on their contribution to the public good.”

Forbes Top Colleges issue coverThe Forbes America's Top Colleges list for 2022 includes only the top 25% of all colleges and universities in the country. Forbes ranking is based on the return on investment and outcomes that schools deliver for their students.

PayScale square logoWagner alumni salaries were ranked in the top 12% nationwide (#185 of 1,539 ranked bachelor’s colleges and universities), according to the PayScale 2021 College Salary Report. Also, for ROI: top 16% for private schools nationwide, top 21% among ALL schools.

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”

Wagner College appeared in Money magazine’s 2022 Best Colleges for Your Money list, a ranking of the top 671 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. Among colleges and universities in NYC, Wagner was ranked a better value than Yeshiva, Fordham and New York universities and the Pratt Institute.

Wagner College has been certified as a 2023-24 Military Friendly School. Wagner is extremely devoted to serving our veteran and active military servicemen. From its participation in the Yellow Ribbon program, GI Bill® and additional scholarships, Wagner has become an affordable option for many veterans, active service members and their families.

Wagner College's Education Department passed a rigorous inspection by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation, which has awarded our teacher education program with full accreditation through June 30, 2027. For details, visit the announcement in our newsfeed.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.


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

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 magazine's 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 two decades later, are still referred to simply as "9/11."