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Before coming to Wagner College, be prepared forBrightCivil Engineering
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.
2nd Year Male -- Class 2015
Perceived Campus Safety: A, Education Quality: F
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I have really struggled with how I feelQuite BrightOther
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.

4th Year Female -- Class 2013
Faculty Accessibility: A+, Social Life: D
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Wagner is an expensive school.Quite BrightEnglish
Wagner is an expensive school. period. it doesn't matter if you are in-state or out. if you consider dorming, reconsider. the dorms are old, mold filled, and lack ventilation (not to mention there were a few cases of bed bugs being found in the "newer dorms," foundation hall). the campus is magazine perfect and beautiful on the outside. i feel majority of tuition money goes towards the "beauty" of the school (that includes the view of the verrazano bridge). the professors, for the most part, are friendly and approachable. i feel they try too hard to keep up with the college's "perfect" image. they do attempt to be hard asses, but if you come up w/ a convincible excuse, you can get away with murder. student athletes have it made when it comes to lagging behind in school work. they get away with anything.

the school tries to have ongoing campus activities, even for the commuters. 7/10 times the activities cost some amount or you must consider a "donation" in some cases.

the programs offered are ok. honestly, the best programs are biology, nursing, or even the pa program (that is separate i think). everything else is "eh ok." i was a psychology major but when i transfered, i switched to an english major. big mistake.

another thing, if you are transfering, make sure you fight for any credit (they call it units at wagner)being transfered over. in my case they didn't want accept 3 classes. i had the registrar re-look at the classes i took at the prior institution. after being persistant, it turned out two of those credits were transferable. overall, wagner = money. everything else is average.

2nd Year Female -- Class 2012
Campus Aesthetics: A+, Social Life: B-
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