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| Before coming to Wagner College, be prepared for the different types of people and their different style of interacting with other people. First of all, being a black athlete here at Wagner has generally negative connotations associated with it. The school is really "cliquey" and people tend to stay with the people they are comfortable with. The campus is so small that you see the same people probably every day or every other day. Students in particular aren't friendly or just phoney. The campus itself is ok at best. The dorms suck, but then again, what dorm doesn't suck. The food is sub-par at best. Hawks nest is the best food alternative outside of the dreadful dining hall that they are redoing. Be prepared for ALOT of gay people. ALOT!!! These people are generally the theater kids who are the sole condescending factor that contributes to the cliquey nature of the school. The theater kids segregate themselves from the rest of the school. Then it trickles down to the athletes on every sports team who have that natural chemistry because they play the same sport. So essentially there are only theater kids here and then athletes. Everyone else is kind of irrelevant. If your a theater major who loves small groups of friends and ok parties in the dorms then you will love this school. If your an athlete or looking to get a real college experience don't come to Wagner. Go to a real school. This school is essentially a big high school. |
|May 15 2013|| 2nd Year Male --
Class 2015 |
| You either love Wagner or hate it. There is really no in between. It has personally been a great school for me, but I'm also a Theater major, and we tend to get more attention from the school because of our program's reputation. The theater department is excellent and I've learned so much in such a short amount of time. My gen ed classes are pretty easy, but I also went to a very challenging high school. The food is definitely sub-par, but there's always something you can find to eat, and Wagner always does breakfast and desserts well. You won't starve. The commute to the city is not bad at all. There's a shuttle to the Staten Island ferry on campus that's free and it runs all day on the half hour. Most people go into the city once a week, more if they have the money to do so. The freshman dorms aren't terrible. Each floor has two private showers with seats and everything which is nice and if you are lucky, you may get a view of the Manhattan skyline. The newest dorm they built for upperclassmen is very nice and is only two years old. |
|Apr 10 2013|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2016 |
| I have really struggled with how I feel about Wagner College, but I think it really has been a mixed bag, and although I would NEVER choose to attend Wagner if I could go back and do it again, I still don't think that my years here have been a complete waste of time. |
As other people have said, the majority of the student population are complete shitheads. There are tons more girls than dudes, most of the students are from NY or NJ (the guides, as others have mentioned), and if you're even slightly homophobic this is not the place for you. A lot of people leave on the weekends, unless they're going out to the city (which can be pretty expensive, so if you're strapped for cash it can be kind of difficult to participate in some of the more common social activities) and the dorm policies are definitely ENFORCED, especially in certain buildings. It's difficult (read: expensive) to live off campus, so that tends to be pretty rare.
That being said, you can find some good, intelligent people at Wagner. A lot of students really benefit from joining Greek life, it wasn't for me but I know plenty of kids who totally turned their experience around by joining a frat or sorority.
Also, I do think that I got a pretty good education here. It wasn't the most challenging in terms of grades, but you can get a lot out of your classes if you actually work hard at understanding the material. I have tons of respect for many of my professors, and I love that I have been able to form such close relationships with faculty, which would never have been possible at a larger school. I also know plenty of people who attain their post-graduate goals (med school, grad school, etc.), but you do have to WORK at it. I see so many students complaining about how terrible the education is when they don't even come to class. The internship opportunities are fantastic, which is a huge advantage in this job market.
What makes this school truly terrible though, is how much it feels like a scam. I'm not going to claim to know what Wagner's financial situation exactly is (although I'm sure I could find out if I felt like it), but it is true that they work really hard on getting students there, throw a bunch of scholarship money at them (which really only makes it cost a little less than straight up grand theft), and then make it impossible for students to ever leave. The learning communities and the non-conventional credit system makes transferring difficult if you want to graduate in five years. The general upkeep of the dorms and quality of the food is severely lacking, but if you know who to talk to you can get pretty much anything done, one thing about Wagner is that you know your voice is always heard.
I do know some people who have really loved it here, and while I personally am not a huge fan of this school, it is the right place for some people. Just make sure you visit and really know what you're getting into. TL;DR Community is pretty terrible, but salvageable. Academics are so-so, but can be adequate. Administration is completely corrupt and the facilities are bad, but if you work at it and know who to talk to you can get almost anything done.
|Dec 21 2012|| 4th Year Female --
Class 2013 |