Pre-College Information for Parents and Families

Pre-college programs provide unique opportunities for motivated students to experience life and learning in a college environment. At Wagner, we understand that attending a summer academic program at a college/university is a significant life event for a high school student. And we realize it’s a team effort. We are mindful that in addition to all the excitement you and your child will share, there might be some concerns as well. Below we have provided information and valuable resources to make your teen’s experience a safe and memorable one. We are always happy to talk to parents and guardians to answer any questions that may not be provided on our site.

Our goal is to provide students with a safe, enjoyable, and educational experience. Wagner College ensures the safety and comfort of all students by providing secure and comfortable accommodations through high-quality dining, thorough safety measures, state-of-the-art technology, as well as friendly staffed residence halls and athletic facilities.

What program should my child take?
Our Pre-College Program is a great way for your teen to explore his/her interests. We offer 5 areas of study in Science, History, Healthcare, Filmmaking and Theatre. The course of study taken on by your teen should be one that not only interests them but appeals to their strengths as well. The Wagner College Pre-College Program is designed to reflect the College’s nationally-recognized curriculum, the Wagner Plan, where “Leaning by Doing” is the focus.

Air Conditioning
All academic and administrative buildings are air-conditioned. Additionally, the Foundation residence hall has central air. This will be your residence hall.

In accordance with New York State law, no student under the age of 21 is permitted to consume or possess alcohol on campus. Anyone found to have consumed alcohol or have it within his/her possession will be immediately sent home.

ATM machines are located in the Union building. All required venues and meals are included in the price of tuition, but it is suggested that students have some cash or debit card for spending money and incidentals.


  • Respect: Students are expected to behave at all times in a respectful manner toward other students, faculty, staff, and at outside venues. Bias and discriminatory remarks or behaviors, and inappropriate sexual conduct and remarks are unacceptable.
  • Drugs/Alcohol: No drugs of any kind are permitted unless prescribed by a medical doctor and noted on the medical form submitted. If drugs or alcohol are found on the person of anyone or in anyone’s room, the student will be immediately sent home.
  • Attendance: Attendance at all meals, classes, field trips and meetings is required and will be monitored regularly. Successful completion of all coursework requires strict attendance.
  • Off Campus: No one is permitted to leave the campus unless with the group leader or unless special permission has been obtained in advance and in writing from parents. Leaves are strongly discouraged as detrimental to program success.

Students are not permitted to have cars on campus.

Electrical Appliances
Certain appliances with an exposed heating element such as hot plates, coffee pots, or toasters are not permitted in the residence halls.

Field Trips
Field trips are planned throughout the duration of the program, most of which will be required venues that relate to coursework. Parent permission slips must be returned to attend field trips.

Fire Safety
All residence halls are equipped with smoke detectors, sprinkler system, and fire extinguishers in each room. Fire drills will be conducted periodically.

Grading System and Transcripts
Grading will be based on the College’s grading system, which can be found on page 73 of the Wagner College Undergraduate/Graduate Bulletin. Students will adhere to all Wagner College academic policies and procedures. Students will receive an official Wagner College transcript upon successful completion of their course(s). Students who matriculate at Wagner College will receive “advance standing” for courses they passed while participating in the program.

Students who ultimately decide to attend another institution should be aware that courses which are completed with a grade of “C“ or higher are generally accepted for transfer credit, but Wagner College makes no guarantee as to transfer eligibility.

Health Services
The Center for Health and Wellness, located on the first floor of Campus Hall, functions in a limited capacity as a diagnostic and treatment center for well health, emergency cases, and short-term illnesses. Summer hours are intermittent.

There are a number of hotels in the general vicinity of campus. The College recommends the Hilton Garden Inn (1100 South Avenue, 718-477-2400), Hampton Inn Suites (1120 South Avenue, 718-477 1600), Holiday Inn Express (300 Wild Avenue, 718-370-8777), and Comfort Inn (310 Wild Avenue, 718-370-8555) as they offer discounted rates for College guests. Please call the hotel directly to use the rate.

Coin operated laundry facilities are available in the residence hall 24-hours a day.

The College will provide each student with: sheets, blanket, pillow, and two (2) towels.

Maturity and Independence
Our pre-college program is a great way for your teen to gain confidence and the sense that they are moving their way toward being college ready. Independence is at the heart of the pre-college experience. For many students this is their first time being away from home. They will need to find within themselves self-discipline to manage their time, set their priorities, and to be mindful of such things like eating balanced meals, getting enough sleep and doing their own laundry!

Residential – Meals are included in the price of tuition and include breakfast, lunch, and dinner on weekdays, and brunch and dinner on weekends.
Commuter  – Lunch is included.

Program Contacts
Department for Lifelong Learning – 718-390-3221 (

Sharon Guinta, Director- Department for Lifelong Learning – 718-390-3221    (

Office of Public Safety – 24 hours – 718-390-3148

Upon arrival there will be a parent and student reception at 3pm. Location to be determined. At the conclusion of the program, there will be a wrap up session that parents are invited to attend, time to be determined.

Religious Services
There is a chapel on campus open to all students. Unfortunately, religious services are not scheduled on campus during the summer. If a student has an immediate need to attend services, please inform your group leader. Local services are available.

The Public Safety office is open Monday-Friday, 7:30am-4:00pm. The Main Gate on Howard Avenue is staffed 24-hours a day and can be reached at 718-390-3148. Officers are available 24 hours each day and may be dispatched to emergency situations. Additionally, Emergency Blue Light Phones are located throughout campus and connect directly to Public Safety. The Public Safety office is also responsible for issuing parking passes to parents upon check-in.

A class and activity schedule will be available for each student upon arrival to campus.

All residence halls and academic and administrative buildings are smoke-free. Smoking is prohibited within 50 feet of any campus facility, including each residence hall.

Students will spend most weekdays in class on campus from 9am to 4:30pm with field trips scheduled one day per week and on weekends. Students will attend meals in the Dining Hall as a group with their designated group leader. Teachers may accompany students on some field trips along with the group leader. Students must report in to their group leader at all times and may not leave the group without permission. No one is permitted to leave the campus except for scheduled group activities that are supervised.

Students should order the required textbooks in advance of their arrival to the campus. Textbook information to be provided.

Upon successful completion of all coursework, you may apply for an official Wagner College transcript. A Transcript Request form was mailed to your home.

Tuition must be paid in full no later than June 30. Payment can be made via check or money order to Wagner College or by credit card by calling the Department for Lifelong Learning at 718-390-3221.

What to Bring
Since Wagner College will provide sheets, blankets, pillows, and towels, very little is needed other than personal clothing and toiletries. It is suggested to bring enough clothing for the 3 weeks, casual attire in nature, but also some smart casual outfits for trips. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended along with a jacket for cool evenings and rain gear….just in case! With regard to school supplies, it is recommended to bring a laptop (and charger) but NOT required. Computers are available in the library. Notebooks, folders, pens, pencils, flash drive, cell phone, cell phone charger, and other items student wishes to bring.