#33 Best Private Colleges in New York

Wagner College

Staten Island, New York

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Wagner College overview
Location Staten Island, New York
Online wagner.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Large City
Religious Affiliation Lutheran Church in America
Wagner College overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Wagner College is a private, coeducational liberal arts college situated atop Grymes Hill in Staten Island, New York, offering a scenic view of the New York Harbor and a short ferry ride away from the bustling Manhattan. Established in 1883, Wagner presents a picturesque campus notable for its collegiate gothic architecture. The institution maintains a selective admissions process and prioritizes a comprehensive educational experience through its Wagner Plan for the Practical Liberal Arts, which merges a broad curriculum with experiential learning. The college offers a range of undergraduate programs with notable emphasis on business administration, nursing, and performing arts. Residential life is an integral part of the student experience at Wagner, with the majority of students living on campus in a variety of housing options. While Wagner College may not be widely known for its athletics, it competes in NCAA Division I sports as the Seahawks.

In the most recent statistical year 2,645 prospective students applied, and 1,813 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 407 enrolled in the school.  1,660 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 289 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $49,460 plus fees of $1,800. Wagner College is ranked 269 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Wagner College is rated within the top 34% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 7 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Wagner College overview
SAT 1090/1290
ACT 24/29
GPA 3.5

Applications Accepted

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Applications Due Feb 15, 2024
Applicant Competition Low
Application Fee $60

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Wagner College
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$959
Other Fees$1,800
Room and Board $15,280
Budget for Other Expenses$2,615
Total One Year Cost$70,114

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$64,100 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

67% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Wagner College students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 22%
Health Professions 19%
Visual and Performing Arts 15%
Social Sciences 11%
Psychology 6%

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