Wagner at a Glance


Wagner College is a private liberal arts school with strong professional programs in New York City. Our beautiful 108-acre campus on Staten Island is home to a close-knit community of 2,000 bright students. Manhattan, with access to high-profile internships and urban adventures, is just a ferry ride away.

Watch our campus video tour.

Our nationally-recognized academic program, the Wagner Plan for the Practical Liberal Arts, combines learning communities with service learning, internships, and research. Students graduate with skills that employers value; download The Wagner College Difference to see how our learning outcomes prepare students for successful and stimulating careers.

Wagner Statistics


  • Enrollment — 1,600 undergraduates, 400 graduates
  • Faculty — 126 full-time
  • Student : Faculty Ratio — 14:1
  • Geographic diversity — 44 states and 40 foreign countries
  • Greek Life — 15%
  • Students who live on campus  — 67% (for first-year students, 71%)
  • One-year retention rate — 86%
  • Six-year graduation rate — 64%


  • Courses with less than 30 students — 92%
  • Most popular majors — business administration, nursing, theatre/speech, physician assistant, arts administration, psychology.


  • Students who intern or do a practicum — 100%

 Tuition & Aid

  • Tuition — $51,200
  • Housing & meals  — $15,950 (on-campus)
  • Students awarded financial aid — 99%
  • Average need-based financial aid package — $32,001
  • Scholarships & grants awarded per year — $50,081,262


High-Impact Education

The high-impact practices of the Wagner Plan encourage learning outside of the classroom, meaningful interactions with faculty and fellow students, collaboration with diverse people, and frequent and substantive feedback. Participation in these practices can be life-changing! Take a look at national survey results to see how Wagner compares to other schools.

Learning CommunitiesPrint

Students take three learning communities (LCs) at Wagner — the First-Year Program, Intermediate Learning Community, and Senior Learning Community. These small classes combine two disciplines and a high level of experiential learning. Students take the knowledge of the classroom and apply it to real-world problems and sophisticated research.

Internships or Field ExperiencesInternships

Internships provide important hands-on learning and career preparation. Many students have an internship every semester, and these can turn into full-time jobs. The Center for Academic and Career Engagement works closely with students to help them find dynamic internships in Manhattan and beyond. Placements include CBS Corporation, Clinton Foundation, Citigroup, Conde Nast, Georgetown University Hospital, Goldman Sachs, Greenpeace USA, Madison Square Garden, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and New York Yankees.

Research with Faculty

Within our small classes, students build lasting relationships with faculty and often conduct research projects together. The senior learning community is a culminating experiential project, leading to a substantial written project and presentation. Read about students’ research in microbiology, anthropology, and more.

Service Learning

We are a national leader in community engagement, serving as a model for education that connects teaching and learning with public work in our broader community. Programs like the Bonner Leaders Program fosters community building, international perspectives, civic engagement, and social justice among participants. We work closely with Port Richmond, a nearby community with a rapidly growing immigrant population, on education, economic development, immigration, health, and arts and culture projects.

Wagner College in 30 sec

Get the brief on what Wagner is all about from Kerri Alexander '15. Watch Wagner College in 30 sec

Food, History and Culture

This Intermediate Learning Community gives first-year students an opportunity to bridge two disciplines—anthropology and history—around a single topic, food. Part of The Wagner Plan, this interdisciplinary approach prepares students for careers where they need to bring disparate pieces of information together into a coherent whole. Watch Food, History and Culture

Chris DeFilippi profile

Chris DeFilippi stops on his commute to the Clinton Foundation to chat about his Wagner experience as a government & politics major. Watch Chris DeFilippi profile

Teaching Glocal: Prof. Abe Unger

Prof. Abe Unger teaches Wagner students about urban policy, economic development, and being glocal. Watch Teaching Glocal: Prof. Abe Unger

Leadership Through Ethics

One of the Freshman Learning Communities, "Leadership Through Ethics" spent time volunteering to revitalize Los Potrillos, a restaurant in Port Richmond. Watch Leadership Through Ethics
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