Over the past decade, Wagner College has undergone a transformation from a majority commuter school to a primarily residential campus. Today, about 75 percent of today's undergraduates live on campus in one of four residence halls — including, since January 2010, Foundation Hall.
This sea change in the campus residency profile accompanied the College's adoption of a new curriculum, the Wagner Plan for the Practical Liberal Arts. Its last stage is the Senior Program, in which students cap off their Wagner education with a special course in their major, an internship or other type of fieldwork, and an independent project.
Both of these factors came together in the creation of Foundation Hall, which opened in January. It is the first new residence facility to be constructed on campus in more than 40 years, adding space for nearly 200 students; and it was designed specifically for seniors, to augment the Senior Program and prepare them for the transition to life after Wagner.
Here are some scenes from Foundation Hall's first semester of use, as anxious seniors prepared for their next steps in life.