Pre-College Information

About Wagner College
Wagner College is a private liberal arts college located in Staten Island, a borough of New York City. The mission of the college is to prepare students for life, as well as for careers, by emphasizing scholarship, achievement, leadership, and citizenship through experiential and co-curricular learning, interculturalism, interdisciplinary studies, and service to society.


About the Pre-College Program
Pre-college programs provide unique opportunities for motivated students to experience life and learning in a college environment. Our program is modeled after the Wagner Plan for the Practical Liberal Arts. Now in its 25th year, the Wagner Plan puts equal emphasis on classroom learning and experiential opportunities.

Program Information

Students must be high-school sophomores, juniors seniors during the next academic school year with documented academic achievement. International students are welcome to apply however must provide TOEFL information and be able to secure travel visa on own.

Application will be open through May 10, 2024. More information on tuition and deadlines is available here.

At 3pm on Sunday we will invite both residential and commuter students and parents to a welcome reception and orientation where students, staff and faculty will meet for the first time.

At this orientation we will:

  • Share the full program itinerary detailing meals, class schedules, breaks, class trips and planned extracurricular activities.
  • Provide information on campus resources available to students.
  • Review expectations for students both in and out of the classroom.

Parents and students will be required to review and sign a student code of conduct prior to arriving to campus.

All pre-college program participants are expected to:

  • Treat each other in a respectful manner at all times.
  • Refrain from conduct that could be determined inappropriate.

Wagner College reserves the right to expel any student from the program who engages in any activity deemed discriminatory or that poses a danger to others.

Any required materials including textbooks will be communicated following notification of acceptance. Students should plan to bring their own pens/pencils, notebooks or any other supplies they typically use in school. Students should plan to acquire any required materials or supplies prior to arriving to campus.

Students are encouraged to bring their own laptop. Wifi information will be shared during orientation. Computer access will be available in the library from 9am – 5pm, Monday through Friday and additional lab time may be arranged with instructors for film program students.

For residential students all meals are included in the price of tuition. This includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner on weekdays, and brunch and dinner on weekends.

For commuter students lunch is included Monday – Friday.

While on campus students will eat in the Wagner College Cafeteria. During off campus trips program director/chaperone will coordinate meals at locations near site visit.

Any dietary restrictions should be documented on medical form submitted to Wagner College.

Each group will be chaperoned by an upper-level Wagner College student. This person will make sure students are making it to class and trips, attending regular meals and should be the first point of contact for any minor issues or emergencies that should arise. Should any more significant emergency arise while on campus responsible individual should contact the Office of Campus Safety, Lifelong Learning and local emergency personnel if necessary.

Students will travel via public transportation or Wagner College van service to all scheduled activities. Instructors and/or chaperones will accompany students on all scheduled trips. Should any significant emergency arise while off campus responsible individual should contact Lifelong Learning and local emergency personnel if necessary.

Relevant contact information will be shared during orientation.

Attendance at all classes, field trips and meetings is required and will be monitored regularly. Coursework will consist of assigned reading, group and individual projects, writing assignments, quizzes and in class participation.

Grading will be based on the College’s grading system, which can be found in 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 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.

On the last day of the program we will hold a closing ceremony where students will present final projects and receive certificates.

Additional Campus Resources

Campus Safety
The Main Gate on Howard Avenue is staffed 24-hours a day and can be reached at 718-390-3148. Officers patrol the campus regularly and may be dispatched to respond to an emergency situations. Additionally, Emergency Blue Light Phones are located throughout campus and connect directly to Public Safety. The administrative office is open Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm.

Fitness Center & Pool
Students will have access to use the fitness center, pool, basketball court and track around other scheduled events. Minors will require a parent/guardian to sign a waiver prior to use.

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.

Students will have access to the library which is open Monday – Friday, 9am to 5pm during the summer.

Religious Services
Kairos House is a non-denominational space open for prayer to all students. Religious services are not available during the summer. If a student does wish to attend an off campus location to attend services, please inform your group leader.