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Reviews 607 total reviews with an average rating of 3.2

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Class sizes are typically between 10 and 20 people, though I have had one class that only had four students (hooray for Italian!). All of the professors I have had so far have been very engaging and passionate about their subject.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Housing at Wagner isn't anything special. However, Harborview Hall (a primarily Freshman building) is the only one with air conditioning.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I have many friends in a local sorority on campus, and I plan on trying my hardest this coming semester to join as well. I have spent quite a bit of time on their floors and hanging out, whether casually or at parties, and have had nothing but wonderful experiences. Greek housing at Wagner isn't anything special, most just have a designated floor and lounge, with normally-sized rooms. As far as I can tell, there's no real division between Greeks and non-Greeks in normal campus life.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: I don't really have any interest in athletics, so I don't pay much attention to them. I know that our football team wasn't very good this past year, but that in most other things we're pretty good. Particularly water polo. I had a class with a girl on the team and she gushed about it constantly.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Wagner isn't the greatest college in the world. It really isn't. But personally, I don't know if I would enjoy going to school anywhere else. All of my experience with professors have been wonderful, and the small student body makes it easier to have personal connections with others.

I made friends very quickly, in fact, during orientation weekend! I loved the Learning Community program in place for first semester Freshman, and look forward to my ILC in the coming years.

Perhaps it is because I have such a great love of theatre and the arts, despite being ultimately a history major, but I have found an incredible community here at Wagner, and enjoy frequent trips with my friends into Manhattan to catch a show or just hang out at the park.

2 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Really crappy. Professors are not active in fields, which is very frustrating. And they are very cocky, which is weird. Not just one or two professors, pretty much all of them are very cocky. I did really well academically, I thought it was TOO easy. I learned very little, my classes were silly and unnecessary.

2 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Internships suck unless you go through Wagner, I had a very negative situation with that. Professors are not active in fields and I can't express how important that is, especially in theatre.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Security kind of sucks. They never check IDs in the front of each building because it's not a security guard, it's just a kid doing work study. Middle aged adults walk into the building and harass students, it's ridiculous. Professors don't go into the residence halls, so I don't know why they'd just be ignored. Even if you're not an older adult they need to check IDs more. And there is no perimeter or anything to keep people out of the school, you can easily walk onto campus. It's such a small school, that's the only reason it's safe. Security just rides around on their little golf carts that kill squirrels. But if something were to happen, I would not feel safe on campus.

We have no party scene whatsoever. A lot of people still drink, I know 11 freshman were sent home their first week at Wagner. They tried to teach us alcohol safety, but it was kind of silly.

Apparently sexual assault never happens, but this one kid tried to tell me Wagner just covers it all up and it happens more than they tell us. I'm not sure what the truth is.

Once I was sitting upstairs in our dining hall between classes and suddenly this weird buzzing noise was going off. Literally nobody was moving, not even my upperclassmen friend who I was sitting with. She just shrugged, and a cafeteria worker ran into the room and said if we didn't leave the building immediately we would be kicked out of school. We were all so confused, apparently it was a fire alarm. Nobody knew it was one it was such a strange noise, so nobody moved. Just not the safest thing ever.

1 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Hated, hated, hated housing at Wagner. Sure you could say you're gonna live off campus eventually, but the apartments off campus are way more expensive and the commute is not worth it for what you get at Wagner.

The only good thing was the RAs. They were okay and helpful in most situations. I got lucky and my roommate moved out a few weeks in, so I had the whole dorm room to myself for a semester. And my RA was nice enough, he wasn't very bright but he kept everyone in check. I was lucky my floor was quiet, but you could hear everything through the walls. Whole conversations. Singing. Lots of singing.

They never check IDs in the lobby. Ever. I would put this in the safety section, but sometimes we had middle-aged people slip advertisements under our doors. It was really scary, I have no idea how they got into the building. Some of them approached my friends. Not okay.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I was going to join a sorority before I decided to transfer. They have a few good ones, and they do some nice charity work. I don't really know much else about the greeks.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: We have a horrible football team, which is sadly the only games people actually attend. I hate sports, but went to a few football games. They were boring, cold, and loud. The stadium is smaller than my high school's stadium, and we didn't even have a big one!

We have a few good teams, like women's basketball and water polo. That's all I know because it's not widely advertised.

1 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I hated Wagner. I was lucky I got to transfer out of there when I got the chance, only wasted one semester's worth of money. I learned absolutely nothing but will also get absolutely no credit from the one semester. They force you to take ridiculous classes your first semester that have nothing or very little to do with your intended major. And these ridiculous classes are so weird that no school will ever accept credit from them. Wagner also uses a unit system instead of credits for courses. That's why the retention rate is so high. Not because it's a great school, but because you can't transfer out. All Wagner cares about is money. The school is incredibly expensive, and even if you have a scholarship every kid here is spoiled and rude. Don't get me wrong, I made a ton of friends in one semester, but they were the outliers. I think I am spoiled sometimes, but these students expected everything to be handed to them on a silver platter.

Besides the money, the credits, and the horrible people, my biggest complaint is with the professors. Once I got there, I researched the background of the professors in my major's department. Despite Wagner's advertising that they are all still very active in the field I want to study, this is not really the case. The only things they did were teach at Wagner and a few other schools in the area. That's not as "active" as I would like, it is really important to have that leg up and Wagner could not promise me that.

A total waste of time and a LOT of money. Do not go here.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life makes people feel like a family but excludes people who are not in. Greek students look down upon non Greek student. Greeks have their floors in 1 dorm building.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Wagner College offers good machines and weight sections to workout.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: The school has been helpful in assisting me in office hours when I am confused with the topics we are learning. The Wagner College community has welcomed me with open arms and has amazing teachers and staff.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: It's good if you're in theater, nursing/PA, or one of the specialized programs. It varies for other majors. Some are pretty good, but some are crap or way too tiny to even let you get all your requirements in.

Professors are alright (again, unless you're in one of the big programs where they're better).

Class registration is kind of a pain.

Gen eds can be a pain too.

Library is really good.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Just because we have a lot of gay theater boys doesn't mean we have good LGTBQ+ representation.

Not a lot of minority representation in terms of race, religion, socioeconomic background, etc either

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I guess they're alright but nothing outstanding. The departments with the most resources and good professors, etc. are theater, PA, nursing

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The school is great at getting you an internship/job if you're involved in a limited number of fields (like theater/arts admin).

2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It sucks.

Your only decent bets are Guild and Foundation.

But in Guild, there's no AC (which is REALLY BAD), a lot of stuff is broken or really shabby/old, and the shower heads are ridiculous (in the MIDDLE of the shower and way too low)

Foundation is advertised as "apartment-style living" but doesn't even have a proper kitchen or anything, only like a sink. And the windows don't open!! It's also really not homey or comfortable and has a weird sterile vibe

Don't even get me started on Harborview and Towers oh my god

1 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Please, for your own good, don't come here. Save yourself. I can't even express how disgustingly unhappy I am here. I wish I could transfer, but I'm stuck at this point. Wagner's crap about transferring credits and helping you at all, anyway.

Maybe you'll like it if you're a theater kid or involved with any of their other specialized programs- sports, PA, nursing, arts admin. But if you're not (even if your department is pretty good like mine!) you'll most likely hate it lol

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There is security everywhere you go on campus morning, day and night. I feel extremely safe on campus. One morning I had a class in Campus Hall which is the furthest classroom from the parking lot. Campus security was driving around in the golf cart and offered me a ride to the classroom. I really appreciated it because I know that they are doing anything for the students to feel safe.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: My anatomy teacher is excellent. Even though he is sometimes hard to understand he is very active in his lessons and he is brilliant in the topics. My music teacher on the other hand is probably the worst professor that I have ever had. This class is the hardest class even though it is supposed to be an introduction class.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The career center will help anyone find the job that they are interested in. Wagner offers a lot.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I do not live on campus. I am a commuter. I would like to live on campus that is why I am filling out all of these applications. I need the money because dorming at Wagner is quit expensive.

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The Oval The Oval Students hang out on the Oval. In the background is Main Hall, where the theater department is housed.
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College is what you make of it, and Wagner isn't any different—you can either have a terrible experience or a fantastic one. If you come here looking to make some great friends, grow as a person, become an adult, and learn about the things you're interested in, then you will. If you have an idea of the person you want to be but don't put yourself out there, then your path will be much more difficult. During orientation, you'll meet a lot of new people, and some of them will become your friends. You'll learn how to party, if that's what you want to do, and you'll learn how to have a good time without partying, if that's more your speed. If you've never shared a room before, now's your chance. If you've never been to New York City, you'll experience it for the first time, and if you've been here before, you'll see it with new eyes. The whole world is yours, like it's never been before. You'll make your first adult mistakes, and you'll leave high school behind.

Wagner has something to offer everyone, but you may just have to go looking for it at times. Don't be afraid of what might seem like limitations, and turn those limitations into advantages. For example, the campus can be quiet on the weekends, so if you don't like that, then make it loud. Sometimes the food in the dining hall can be boring or not what you wanted at all, so make a quick trip to the grocery store and cook for your friends. If you find yourself sitting in your room on a Friday night, go out and explore campus or see what everyone else is doing. Wagner is in one of the greatest cities in the world, so use that to its full potential. On the academic side, your professors are there to teach you, and they'll look out for you, for the most part. None of them are out to get you, so ask questions and learn—it's what you came here to do, and Wagner will let you do it. And it’s not all about learning stuff from a book. Use your time at Wagner to learn about who you are. In fact, part of the Wagner Plan is learning who you are. Make college into what you want it to be—if you get involved and pursue your goals, you'll love it at Wagner.

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