Frequently Asked Questions

General Information

The current enrollment is about 1850 full-time undergraduates and 375 graduate students.

Our student body represents 45 states and 30 countries.

86% return for their sophomore year; 75% graduate in five years. Both numbers are well above the national average.

About 24% of our undergraduates represent students of underrepresented groups.

For the most up-to-date information regarding tuition and fees, please visit our Business Office page. 2020 - 2021 academic year: $48,010 for tuition, and $14.790 for room and board. This includes housing and a regular meal plan. The following link has Information for Physician Assistant program costs. We do not have extra costs for parking, use of our sports center, technology, etc., but there are additional charges for labs and studio fees in certain science, music and art classes. Here is a link for a comprehensive list of costs and fees.   

The college is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. Specific portions of Wagner's academic program have recognition and accreditation by national professional agencies such as the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs, the National League for Nursing, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the American Chemical Society.


Applying to Wagner

On average, our applicants have an 90 (or 3.5) GPA from a strong college preparatory curriculum and a 1200 SAT and/or 26 ACT. If a student believes that their SAT or ACT scores do not reflect their academic ability, they do not need to submit them as part of the application. For accreditation reasons, students applying to the Physician Assistant program are required to submit either SAT or ACT scores. International students must show English language proficiency by supplying official test scores. The minimum required iBT TOEFL is 81; the required minimum IELTS band score is 6.5.

Our Early Action deadline is December 1st and Regular Decision is February 15th.  Physician Assistant applicants and Theatre Performance applicants must have a completed application submitted on or before December 1st. Music applicants interested in attending our Audition Day need to submit their completed application by December 1st.

Early Action students hear from us by January 15. Because Wagner is a selective college, we do not have rolling admission. Applicants who apply Regular Decision will be notified at the beginning of March.

Wagner has a merit-based system for scholarships, and these awards are based on all material submitted for admission; which includes official transcripts and test scores, class rank, letters of recommendation, personal essay, activities/extracurricular lists, and interview (recommended).

We use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The form is available after October 1st and we recommend sending the form in by January 15.  The code for Wagner is 002899. For more detailed information about financial aid at Wagner, please visit the Office of Financial Aid. About 95 % of students receive institutional aid at Wagner. Families looking for an early estimate of their financial aid package should use the Net Price Calculator.

All potential students interested in majoring in Theatre must send in a completed application by December 1. Students who are seeking a music scholarship are required to submit an application prior to December 1st in order to schedule an audition. You need not be a Music major to qualify for a music scholarship. You must first submit your completed admissions application to the Admissions Office for academic review prior to scheduling an audition date.

Students Entering Wagner as First Time Freshmen with College Credits:
First Time Freshmen who have completed college coursework at an accredited degree granting college or university with a grade of “B” or greater while in high school, may transfer up to five college courses (units) to Wagner College.  First Time Freshmen who have scored a “four” or higher on Advanced Placement (AP) Exams or “five” or higher on International Baccalaureate (IB) Exams are also eligible to receive transfer credit. The total maximum number of combined transfer courses (units) for First Time Freshmen may not exceed eight.
Please note that Wagner Operates on a "Unit" system. Students transferring in courses from other accredited institutions should expect to receive 1 unit for every transferable 3-4 credit course. Credits awarded will count toward units for graduation, grades earned will not be used in computing the student's cumulative and major grade point average.
AP/IB Credits: Any AP course in which you scored a "four" or higher or IB course which you scored a "five" or higher should be sent to our Registrar's office at 1 Campus Road, Staten Island, NY 10301, or via email at Students can request for their official scores to be sent through College Board.  You can view Wagner's AP course equivalencies HERE.  Feel free to contact Registrar with any questions office at 718-390-3173.
College Credit: To be considered for transfer credits, students must send an official college transcript from each college or university where a course was completed. The transcript must be in a sealed envelope and sent directly from the school. All transcripts that are mailed should be addressed to the Admissions Office at 1 Campus Road, Staten Island, NY, 10301. Transcripts sent electronically should be sent to The evaluation of your transcript and determination of acceptable units are made by the Admissions Office in accordance with the Dean for Academic and Career Engagement (CACE). Upon receipt of transcripts, all students will be sent a Transfer Credit Report that will reflect all accepted courses. Please note, all transcripts must be received within one calendar year from enrollment.
Please contact the Admissions Office directly should you have any questions.

An interview is recommended, but not required. We do suggest that if you come for a tour, you also request an interview. It allows an opportunity for your admissions counselor to ask any questions he or she may have about your application. The following link has more information about scheduling a campus visit.

The EFL is required for undergraduate international applicants. The minimum score is a 81 on the TOEFL iBT or a minimum score of 6.5 on the IELTS exam to be considered for admission. We do not offer ESL classes on campus.

Yes! All transfer students will receive a Preliminary Transfer Credit Evaluation if you are admitted to the College. The evaluation of your transcript and determination of acceptable units are made by the Admissions Office in accordance with the Dean for Academic and Career Engagement (CACE).
We welcome you to browse our Online Transfer Evaluation System, where you can easily access preliminary information about how your courses will transfer to Wagner College.
Please note that the Admissions office regularly evaluates new courses so if you do not see your institution or a specific course this does not mean that it cannot transfer to our college!
Students transferring in courses from other accredited institutions should expect to receive 1 unit for every transferable 3-4 credit course. Wagner College operates on a Unit system: 1 "unit" signifies the satisfactory completion of work requiring attendance of approximately 3.34 hours in lectures or recitations weekly.
Up to 18 units (approximately 60 credits) may be awarded for credits earned from an accredited two-year institution and up to 27 units (approximately 90 credits) for credits earned from an accredited four-year institution. In the case where a student has attended both a two-year and four-year institution, only 18 of the max 27 units can be transferred from the two-year institution.
Courses taken on a pass/fail basis will not be accepted for transfer. Wagner College will accept comparable courses in which a grade of "C" or higher was earned. Please note that specific programs require a higher grade be achieved for transfer credit. (See Nursing Transfer Credit Policy below.)
All Wagner students must complete a minimum of 36 units to graduate. Transfer students should be aware that more than the minimum of 36 graduation units may have to be completed in order to meet major and/or general education requirements at Wagner College.
The last 9 units of any degree must be earned at Wagner College. Units earned through proficiency examinations or life experience cannot be counted as part of the last 9 units of a student’s coursework.
Nursing Transfer Credit Policy:
pre-requisite courses eligible for nursing transfer must have a minimum of a "B-" grade or higher from a regionally accredited institution. All nursing transfer students Must complete at least 1 year of matriculation before beginning nursing courses.

A unit is how we measure credit hours at Wagner College. Most classes at Wagner will count for one unit. For example, a student who is registered for 4 units in a semester is taking 4 classes.


Learning at Wagner

Our current student teacher ratio is 14:1; our classes are taught by our professors exclusively, not graduate/teaching assistants. The average class size at Wagner is 17. A typical first-year class at Wagner has 20-25 students.

We allow admitted students to sit in on a class visit at a Wagner Experience Day during the spring semester. Wagner Experience Day information will be sent to all admitted students, but for more information please contact your admissions counselor.

While we do not have a formalized LD program, we do work with students on an individual basis from the point of application to ensure we have the counseling or services necessary in our Advisement Center.

We do have an honors program, which is not a separate honors college but a very individualized program. Top scholarship recipients are invited to join our honors program by invitation.


Living at Wagner

Housing is guaranteed as long as you apply to the College as a resident student and follow our deadlines for returning the housing contract and questionnaire as part of the New Student Form. You must also follow the policies of the Housing lottery each year. Over 80% of our undergraduates reside on campus, and most students live in our residence halls for the four years.

Approximately 15% of our undergraduates are involved in our fraternities and sororities.

Yes! Our Center for Academic and Career Engagement (centrally located for easy access in our Student Union) offers everything from running seminars to prepare you for an interview to resume preparation to counseling on which position is right for your goals.

We absolutely have internships! Wagner starts out with experiential learning in the first semester, and then progresses to internships, study abroad, etc. All seniors must complete an internship or practicum in their major area of study. For more information, please also see the Wagner Plan section of this site.

All students are permitted to have a car on campus; it must be registered with the Public Safety Office.  However, parking is limited, and we would encourage you not to bring your own car if you are living on campus.  Wagner provides a campus shuttle that takes students to the Staten Island Ferry, which transports people to and from Manhattan.  Staten Island has an extensive public transportation system; one bus line stops at the main entrance to the college.  Taxi and car services are also available.

Wagner competes at the NCAA Division I level for all athletic teams.  To learn more about our teams, view team schedules, and find coaches' contact information, visit


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