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As tenacious as its mascot Seahawk, Wagner College enjoys its bucolic perch atop Grymes Hill overlooking Manhattan and the other boroughs of Wagner CollegeNew York City. The location of the College above the gateway to one of the world’s greatest financial and cultural capitals was the work of alumnus, Frederic Sutter, who convinced the College’s Board of Trustees to relocate Wagner here from Rochester in 1918. In this, the Rev. Sutter and the trustees were extraordinarily prescient. Their wisdom provided Wagner with a distinct geographical advantage over all other all liberal arts colleges in the country.
The College’s signature curriculum — the Wagner Plan for the Practical Liberal Arts — capitalizes on the best of a traditional, suburban, liberal arts college campus and the infinite array of educational opportunities afforded by New York City. Students intern in the world’s leading financial institutions. They observe and experience diversity from the sophisticated workings of the United Nations to melting pots of multicultural neighborhoods. They circulate in the city’s unparalleled creative environment of museums, media, and performing arts. This is their laboratory. They immerse themselves and are inspired by the city’s sheer energy.
The contrast between the frenetic life of the city and the almost pastoral setting of the campus is the perfect metaphor for the melding of experiential and theoretical education that is the hallmark of The Wagner Plan. In small learning communities, students and faculty explore the conceptual foundations of the arts, humanities, and sciences. Faculty challenge students to consider new ideas, to master new skills and technologies, and to reflect and draw meaning from what they have experienced in and out of the classroom.
Wagner is highly regarded by leaders in higher education. US News & World Report’s poll of 1,300 presidents, deans, and admissions directors resulted in the inclusion of Wagner in five of eight “Programs to Look For” — First-year experience, Learning Communities, Service Learning, Internships, and Writing in the Disciplines — in the 2007 edition of America’s Best Colleges.
A lush canopy of mature maples and oaks shades Wagner’s 105-acre campus of manicured lawns and gardens; historic and modern buildings; and sweeping views of Manhattan, Brooklyn, and New York Harbor. No wonder Wagner students voted their campus Most Beautiful in the Princeton Review’s Poll in 2005. The carefully tended campus is yet one more manifestation of the nurturing environment Wagner provides its students.
Since the adoption of the Wagner Plan in 1997, enrollment has increased by more than 40 percent and student quality, as measured by high school average and SAT scores, have improved as well. Once largely a commuter campus, now 82 percent of all undergraduates live on campus in residence halls that offer “million dollar” views. Though continuing to serve students from metropolitan New York, the college draws most of its enrollment from beyond the immediate region. And for most Wagner students, this is their first choice college.
By every measure — enrollment, endowment, national reputation — Wagner is ascending the ranks of America’s strongest small colleges that blend the liberal arts with preparation for the professions.