For the second year in a row, Wagner College made the No. 1 spot in US News & World Report's ranking of “Up-and-Comers” among Northern regional universities — schools that have “recently made the most promising and innovative changes in the areas of academics, faculty, student life, campus or facilities.”
The magazine's 2011 “Best Colleges” issue also ranked Wagner among the overall top 25 Northern regional universities, and recognized the College in four national lists of “Programs to Look For”: first-year experience, internships, learning communities, and service learning. All of these programs, integral to the Wagner Plan for the Practical Liberal Arts, are strongly linked to student success.
Another influential annual college guide, The Best 373 Colleges by the Princeton Review, again ranked Wagner among the best Northeastern colleges and Wagner's theater program among the top in the nation. Wagner is No. 5 on this year's “Best College Theaters” list.
A new feather in Wagner's cap is the 2010 Higher Education Civic Engagement Award, given by the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars. This award recognizes colleges that serve as models of how to foster learning and involvement in the community.
“Wagner College is a true role model for civic engagement in the academic community,” said Mike Smith, president of the Washington Center. “The College is teaching students a quality that can't be learned in the classroom alone: the importance of getting involved, giving back, and making a difference.”