Wagner College

Wagner College is a coeducational private liberal arts college located on Staten Island in New York City. Wagner enrolls about 1900 undergraduates and 400 graduate students. The college is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Wagner College is also a member of Associated New American Colleges (ANAC), Project Pericles, and Campus Compact.

Wagner was recently declared by the Princeton Review 2008 366 Best Colleges as having the 2nd "Best College Theater" in the nation. The 2008 Review also named it among the top 10 in "College with the Most Beautiful Campus."

Popular majors at Wagner include business, psychology, biology, education, arts administration & theatre.


Wagner College was founded in 1883 in Rochester, New York, as the Rochester Lutheran Proseminary to train Lutheran ministers. Its curriculum was modeled on the German gymnasium; it was a six year curriculum. In 1886, it became the Wagner Memorial Lutheran College after a building in Rochester was purchased for its use by John G. Wagner in memory of his son.

The college moved to the 38 acre former Cunard estate on Grymes Hill, Staten Island (370 feet above sea level) in 1918. Bellevue, the Cunard mansion which dates from 1851, is extant (now Cunard Hall) as is the neighboring former hotel for visitors which also dates from the 19th century (initially named North Hall and is now Reynolds House). The college soon expanded to 57 acres after it acquired the neighboring Vanderbilt estate in 1922. In the 1920s, the curriculum began to move toward an American-style curriculum which was solidified when the state of New York granted the college degree-granting status in 1928. The college admitted women in 1933 and introduced graduate programs in 1951. The college expanded further when it purchased the W.G. Ward estate in 1949 (current site of Wagner College Stadium), and again in 1993 when the college acquired the adjacent property of the former Augustinian High School which has largely remained wooded greenspace and athletic fields. The college now occupies on the hill and has commanding views of New York harbor, the Verrazano Narrows Bridge, Downtown Brooklyn, and lower Manhattan.

In the early 1960s, the Wagner College Writer's Conference hosted several prominent writers including Edward Albee, Kay Boyle, and Kenneth Koch.


Prominent buildings include Main Hall (1930) and Parker Hall (1923) built in the collegiate Gothic style. A group of modern buildings built in the 1960s include the Student Union (1970), Megerle Science Building (1968), and the Spiro Communication Center (1968). The Horrmann Library (1961) contains over 200,000 volumes and holds the collection and personal papers of poet Edwin Markham. 80% of the undergraduates live in one of three residence halls. The Spiro Sports Center (1999) is the most recent major addition.

In 2007 it was announced that a new academic building is under development for construction on the site of the former Augustinian High School. It will be a state of the art facility that will house the Business, Nursing, and Education departments. It will also house new, state of the art classrooms and is scheduled to be completed by 2011. This building, in addition to the new upperclassman residence hall, which will be completed in the fall of 2009, is part of the vast undertaking by the college to renew itself as a state-of-the-art center for learning.

The Wagner College Department of Athletics sponsors Men's Intercollegiate Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Wrestling, Tennis, Track, Lacrosse and Ice Hockey along with Women's Intercollegiate Softball, Basketball, Cross Country, Lacrosse, Soccer, Tennis, Golf, Water Polo, Swimming and Volleyball.


Wagner offers several undergraduate degrees in the arts and sciences as well as some pre-professional courses of study.

Wagner College is home to the Center for International Business Strategic Studies , a research and educational center dedicated to providing academia, business people and policy-makers with strategic analysis of the global economic, political and cultural environment. It is also home to the Hugh L. Carey Center for Government Reform named for New York's 55th governor.

Majors and Concentrations

  • Accounting, B.S.
  • Anthropology, B.A.
  • Art, B.A.
  • Arts Administration, B.S.
  • Biology, B.S.
  • Biopsychology, B.S.
  • Business Administration, B.S.
  • Chemistry, B.S.
  • Computer Science, B.S.
  • Dance (minor)
  • Economics, B.A.
  • Education, B.S.E.
  • English, B.A.
  • Environmental Studies (minor)
  • French Studies, B.A.
  • Gender Studies (minor)
  • History, B.A.
  • Information Systems (minor)

  • International Affairs, B.A.
  • Journalism (minor)
  • Languages (minors and major)
  • Mathematics, B.S.
  • Microbiology, B.S.
  • Music, B.A.
  • Nursing, B.S.
  • Philosophy, B.A.
  • Physician Assistant, M.S.
  • Physics, B.S.
  • Government and Politics, B.A.
  • Public Policy and Administration, B.A.
  • Psychology, B.A. and B.S.
  • Religious Studies (minor)
  • Sociology/Anthropology, B.A.
  • Spanish, B.A.
  • Theatre Performance (Musical Theatre), B.A.

Pre-professional programs

  • Pre-Law
  • Pre-Engineering
  • Pre-Ministry
  • Pre-Health Science Programs
    • Medicine
    • Dentistry
    • Veterinary Medicine
    • Pharmacy
    • Optometry
    • Podiatry

Graduate Programs

  • Business Administration
    • M.B.A. (Traditional, Executive, Accelerated)
    • Accounting, M.S.
  • Education, M.S.E.
    • Adolescent Education
    • Childhood Education
    • Early Childhood Education
    • Middle Level Education
    • Teaching Literacy (B-6)
  • Microbiology, M.S.
  • Nursing, M.S.
  • Physician Assistant B.S/M.S. (5-year program)


Notable alumni

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