Wagner College is a private liberal arts college in New York City. Founded in 1883 and with a current enrollment of approximately 2,200 students, Wagner is known for its academic program, the Wagner Plan for the Practical Liberal Arts. The college is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
Wagner College seal, redesign adopted 2018
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|President||Joel W. Martin|
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|NCAA Division I – NEC – MAAC – USA Triathlon|
Wagner College was founded in 1883 in Rochester, New York, as the Lutheran Proseminary of Rochester. Its purpose was to prepare young men for admission to Lutheran seminaries, and to ensure that they were sufficiently fluent in both English and German to minister to the large German immigrant community of that day. The school's six-year curriculum (covering the high-school and junior-college years) was modeled on the German gymnasium curriculum. In 1886, the school was renamed 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 (15 ha) former Cunard estate on Grymes Hill, Staten Island, in 1918. An Italianate villa called Westwood, the Cunard mansion (circa 1851), is extant (now Cunard Hall), as is the neighboring former hotel annex that was built in 1905 (initially named North Hall, now called Reynolds House). The college soon expanded to 57 acres (23 ha) after it acquired the neighboring Jacob Vanderbilt estate in 1922. In the 1920s, the curriculum began to move toward an American-style liberal arts curriculum that 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 Academy, which has largely remained wooded green space and athletic fields. The college now occupies 105 acres (42 ha) on the hill and has commanding views of the New York Harbor, the Verrazano Bridge, Downtown Brooklyn, and Lower Manhattan.
New York City Writers Conference
From 1956 through the late 1960s, Wagner College was the home of the New York City Writers Conference, which brought some of the leading lights of the literary world to campus each summer. Instructors included Saul Bellow, Robert Lowell, Edward Albee, Kay Boyle and Kenneth Koch. From 1961 to 1963, while English professor Willard Maas directed the conference, it served as a training ground for the poets of the New York School.
Maas himself was a significant figure in the New York avant garde world of the 1950s and 1960s; Edward Albee used Maas and his wife, experimental filmmaker Marie Menken, as the models for his lead characters in the early masterwork, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”
The Stanley Drama Award, which began as a prize given at the conclusion of the NYC Writers Conference, has provided encouragement for several notable playwrights, including: Terrence McNally for “This Side of the Door” (1962), an early version of “And Things that Go Bump in the Night”; Adrienne Kennedy for “Funnyhouse of a Negro” (1963); Lonne Elder III for an early version of “The Ceremonies in Dark Old Men” (1965), and Jonathan Larson in 1993 for an early version of “Rent.”
Prominent early buildings include Cunard Hall (ca. 1851); Reynolds House (1905); Kairos House (1918), a Craftsman Style cottage; and Main Hall (1930, restored 2012) and Parker Hall (1923), built in the Collegiate Gothic style. Main Hall provides classroom and office space and a theater auditorium. Parker Hall, first built as a dormitory, is used for faculty offices.
Two cottages built in the early 1920s provide administrative space for the college's Public Safety and Lifelong Learning offices.
Three dormitory facilities were constructed during the college's major building drive: Guild Hall (1951), Parker Towers (1964) and Harbor View Hall (1969), later complemented by Foundation Hall (2010), a residence hall for upperclassmen. About two-thirds of undergraduates live on campus.
Another dormitory building, Campus Hall (1957), now provides classroom and office space.
The Horrmann Library (1961) contains over 200,000 volumes and holds the collection and personal papers of poet Edwin Markham.
The Megerle Science Building and Spiro Hall were opened in 1968, followed by the Wagner Union in 1970.
Two building projects have expanded earlier structures. In 1999, a dramatic expansion of the 1951 Sutter Gymnasium created the modern Spiro Sports Center. And in 2002, a pair of Prairie Style cottages constructed around 1905 were refurbished and joined by a bridge building into Pape Admissions House.
Three substantial resources on the physical history of the Wagner College campus have been published:
Admission and tuition
About 88% of incoming students graduate in the top half of their classes, about 50% in the top quarter and about 25% in the top tenth. The average incoming SAT score for critical reading is 540–620, math 530–630. The average incoming ACT score is between 23 and 30.
The average incoming high school grade point average is 3.45. Important admissions factors are class rank, rigor of secondary school record, academic GPA, application essay, extracurricular activities, recommendations, and standardized test scores.
About 87% of students receive financial aid. Wagner College offers various academic and athletic scholarships.
Wagner College offers athletic scholarships and competes at the NCAA Division I level in all intercollegiate athletics. (Football competes at the NCAA Division I FCS (Formerly I-AA) level.) Wagner is a full-time member of the Northeast Conference along with Bryant University, Central Connecticut State University, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Long Island University, Mount Saint Mary's University, Robert Morris University, Sacred Heart University, Saint Francis College and Saint Francis University. (In September 2018, Merrimack College accepted an invitation from the NEC's Council of Presidents to become the league's 11th member and will become a full member of the conference in 2023 upon completion of its four-year NCAA Division I reclassification period.) Men's varsity intercollegiate teams are fielded in 10 sports: baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, lacrosse, tennis, and track & field (indoor and outdoor) and men's water polo, which was established in fall 2016. Women's varsity intercollegiate teams are fielded in 14 sports: basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field (indoor and outdoor), and water polo, in addition to three newly added sports in fencing (2016), triathlon (2018) and field hockey, which was reinstated in 2018 and will compete in 2019.
Walt Hameline, in 38 years (1982–present) as the director of athletics and 34 years as head football coach at Wagner (1981–2014), won the school's only National Championship with a 19–3 victory over the University of Dayton in the 1987 NCAA Division III Championship game (also known as the 1987 Stagg Bowl). He was named NCAA Division III Coach of the Year in 1987. During his 34-year coaching career, Hameline amassed an all-time record of 223–139–2 (.615) at Wagner College. Upon his retirement as head football coach following the 2014 regular season, those 223 victories ranked fifth among active head Football Championship Subdivision head coaches and remains in the top 10 among all Division I-FCS coaches in the United States.
Notable Wagner sports coaches of the past include former Seton Hall University, NBA head coach and current TV analyst P.J. Carlesimo (head basketball coach 1976–1982), former Marquette University and Wagner head coach Mike Deane, Jim Lee Howell (head football coach 1947–1953), and current University of Florida head football coach Dan Mullen (assistant football coach 1994–1995). In 2019, two NFL coaches who had previously been Wagner assistant coaches were elevated to defensive coordinator positions. Lou Anarumo now heads the Cincinnati Bengals' defense, while Patrick Graham is defensive coordinator for the Miami Dolphins.
Wagner has the distinction of producing six consecutive NEC Student-Athlete of the Year winners (2013–2018).
- Lou Anarumo, defensive coordinator for the NFL's Cincinnati Bengals
- Tiffany Andrade, Miss New Jersey USA 2008 and 2nd runner-up at Miss USA 2008
- Rocco Armento, an American sculptor, painter, and member of the NO!art movement
- Andrew Bailey, former MLB All-Star pitcher, current bullpen coach for L.A. Angels
- Richard Baratta, film production manager known for his work on the Spider-Man trilogy, The Taking of Pelham 123, and Across the Universe
- Scott Barnhardt, actor, original cast of Broadway's “Book of Mormon”
- Bob Beckel, political commentator and analyst on the Fox News Channel
- Peter L. Berger, sociologist and theologian
- Jedediah Bila, author and political pundit
- Curt Blefary, pro baseball left fielder
- Alex Boniello, actor, with Broadway credits including Deaf West's Spring Awakening and Dear Evan Hansen
- Kathy Brier, actor
- Edward Burke, Staten Island deputy borough president (2006–present)
- Molly Burnett, star of Days of Our Lives and Queen of the South
- Lillian G. Burry, politician
- Richie Byrne, comedian
- Tim Capstraw, sports announcer and college basketball coach
- Jim Carroll, American author, poet, autobiographer, and punk musician
- Michelle Cliff, author
- Brad Corbett, owner of Texas Rangers, 1974–1980
- Edwin-Michael Cortez, library and information science dean
- Piotr Czech, former NFL kicker
- Christina DeCicco, actor
- Damien Demento (Phil Theis), wrestler
- John “Pat” Dugan, founder of Charity Navigator
- Fred Espenak, NASA astronomer
- Claire Fagin, nurse educator, pioneer of family-centered care, first female president of an Ivy League university
- Vincent A. Fischetti, microbiologist, past editor of Infection and Immunity
- Carmine Giovinazzo, actor (CSI: NY)
- Allan L. Goldstein, an authority on the thymus gland and the workings of the immune system
- Randy Graff, actor, Tony Award winner for Best Featured Actress in a Musical
- Betsy Joslyn, actor, with Broadway credits including “Into the Woods,” “Sweeney Todd,” “Les Miz”
- Friedrich Katz, anthropologist and historian
- Rich Kotite, former NFL head coach
- Janine LaManna, nominee for Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical, for Seussical
- Kurt Landgraf, president of Washington College
- Robert Litzenberger, professor emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania
- Robert Loggia, actor
- Frank Lombardi, executive producer of TV series “The Nanny” and other projects with Fran Drescher
- Alicia Luciano, Miss New Jersey 2002
- Donna Lupardo, member of the New York State Assembly
- Gerard Malanga, poet and Andy Warhol collaborator
- Kenneth Mitchell, politician, executive director of the Staten Island Zoo
- Guy Molinari, former borough president of Staten Island; former member of the United States Congress
- Dan Mullen, head football coach at University of Florida
- Alexander Noyes, current drummer for the band Honor Society
- Amy Polumbo, former Miss New Jersey (2007–2008)
- Wanda S. Praisner, poet
- Carl-Olivier Primé, Canadian football player
- Greg Senat, NFL football player
- Brian Sgambati, actor
- Bret Shuford, actor
- Julian Stanford, NFL linebacker for the Buffalo Bills
- Olivia Brewer Stapp, American opera singer
- Lynne Stewart, civil rights lawyer
- Philip S. Straniere, civil court judge
- Robert Straniere, former member of New York State Assembly
- Michael Tadross, film producer
- Armin Thurnher, journalist, co-editor of Vienna weekly news magazine Falter
- Les R. Trautmann, editor of the Staten Island Advance from 1965 until his death in 1992
- Gustave W. Weber, president of Susquehanna University, 1959–1977
- Beverly Hoehne Whipple, sexologist, co-author of The G Spot and Other Recent Discoveries About Human Sexuality
- Brian Whitman, radio talk show host
- Paul Zindel, author and playwright
Wagner's campus has been featured in several films, television-show episodes, and advertisements. Shoot dates (where shown) are from Wagner College location contracts on file on campus:
- “Silent Madness,” 1984 film
- “Naked in New York,” 1993 film
- “Cadaverous,” 2000 short film
- “The Sopranos,” Ep. 39, “Army of One,” 2001. Wagner College was used for the Hudson Military Institute campus.
- “The Education of Max Bickford,” 2001. CBS drama series starring Richard Dreyfuss and Marcia Gay Harden. Wagner College (along with Brooklyn College) was the fictional Chadwick College.
- “School of Rock,” 2003 film starring Jack Black and Joan Cusack. The Horace Green School exterior portrayed in the movie is Wagner College's Main Hall.
- “Poster Boy,” 2004 film which won the Outfest Grand Jury Award for Best Screenwriting.
- “Four Lane Highway,” 2005 film (shot on campus April 18, 2004)
- “Exposing the Order of the Serpentine,” 2006 film (shot on campus Jan. 5–6, 2005)
- “Illegal Tender,” 2007 film (shot on campus May 25–26, 2006)
- “The Visitor,” 2007 film distributed by Overture Films (shot on campus Oct. 9, 2006)
- “Comedy Central on Campus: Starring Christian Finnegan” (shot on campus Dec. 6, 2006)
- “Little New York” (orig. title “Staten Island)”), 2009 independent film starring Ethan Hawke and Vincent D’Onofrio (shot on campus May 2 and June 8, 2007)
- “Rescue Me,” TV series, “Play” (S5, E7, 2009) (shot on campus July 11, 2008)
- “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” TV series, “Swing” (S10, E3, 2008) (shot on campus Sept. 4–9, 2008)
- “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” TV series, “Lunacy” (S10, E4, 2008) (shot on campus Sept. 4–9, 2008)
- “An Invisible Sign,” 2010 film (shot on campus July 18–19, 2009)
- “You Don’t Know Jack,” 2010 made-for-TV biopic (shot on campus Sept. 17–21, 2009)
- “AmeriQua” (also titled “Eurotrapped”), a 2013 film featuring Alessandra Mastronardi (shot on campus Dec. 4, 2010)
- “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” TV series, “Gridiron Soldier” (S15, E16, 2014) (shot on campus March 5, 2014)
- “The Rewrite,” 2014 film starring Hugh Grant and Marisa Tomei (shot on campus 2013)
- “Mayhem: We’re Going to the Playoffs!” Allstate TV ad (shot on campus Aug. 27, 2016)
- “Crashing,” HBO series, “NACA” (S2, E7, 2018) (shot on campus Aug. 11, 2017)
- “Jimmy,” Clear biometric ID system commercial (2019) (shot on campus Aug. 25 & 26, 2018)
- "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Endowment Market Value and Change* in Endowment Market Value from FY2016 to FY2017" (PDF). Nacubo.org. Retrieved January 30, 2018.
- Wagner College Style Guide (PDF). Retrieved 2016-09-23.
- Review, Princeton; Franek, Robert (2015-09-01). Colleges That Create Futures: 50 Schools That Launch Careers by Going Beyond the Classroom. Random House USA Incorporated. ISBN 9780804126083.
- ""Founding Faces & Places: An Illustrated History of Wagner Memorial Lutheran College, 1869–1930" (NYC: Wagner College, 2008)". 2008. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
- ""Wagner College: Four Histories" (NYC: Wagner College, 2008)". 2008. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
- Diggory, Terence (2009). Encyclopedia of the New York School Poets. New York, NY: Facts on File. p. 342. ISBN 978-0-8160-5743-6.
- Wagner Magazine (Winter 2014). "Who's the Source for 'Virginia Woolf'?". Retrieved 1 March 2019.
- "Stanley Drama Award: Complete History, 1957–2019". Wagner College Newsroom. 4 February 2019. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
- Manchester, Lee (26 September 2018). "Founding Faces & Places". Wagner College Slideshare. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
- Manchester, Lee (1 September 2011). "Wagner College Memories". blurb.com. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
- Manchester, Lee (Winter 2016). "Wagner College History Tour, Part I: The College's New Home on Grymes Hill". Wagner Magazine. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
- Manchester, Lee (Fall 2016). "History Tour, Part 2: The Birth of an American College". Wagner Magazine. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
- Manchester, Lee (Summer 2017). "History Tour, Part III: The Boom Years". Wagner Magazine. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
- "Common Data Set 2017–2018" (PDF). Wagner College. 1 October 2017. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
- "Cost of Attendance". Wagner College. 9 May 2018. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
- "Richard Baratta, producer, etc". Internet Movie Database (IMDb). Retrieved 19 March 2019.
- "Scott Barnhardt, Broadway Cast". Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
- "Scott Barnhardt, performer". Playbill. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
- Barlament, Laura (Winter 2014). "Scott Barnhardt '01: Being Part of a Broadway Megahit". Wagner Magazine. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
- Minsky, Pearl (30 April 2018). "Memoirs: Ed Burke, deputy borough president". Staten Island Advance (silive.com). Retrieved 19 March 2019.
- "Edward Burke (ex officio)". The Fresh Kills Park Alliance, board members. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
- "Richie Byrne". Gotham Comedy Club. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
- "Richie Byrne, actor". Internet Movie Database (IMDb). Retrieved 19 March 2019.
- "Richie Byrne". Howard Beder Presents First Class Entertainment. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
- "Christina DeCicco, performer". Internet Broadway Database (IBDb). Retrieved 19 March 2019.
- Barlament, Laura (Summer 2013). "Question Everything: Pat Dugan '57 helps us all give more intelligently". Wagner Magazine. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
- Manchester, Lee (Fall 2011). "Fearless: One of Wagner's first nursing graduates, Claire Mintzer Fagin '48 H'93 proves no challenge is too great for a 'real nurse'". Wagner Magazine. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
- Barlament, Laura (Fall 2011). "Germfighter: In the war on microbes, Vincent Fischetti '62 H'10 points the way forward. His discoveries may, some day, save your life". Wagner Magazine. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
- "Janine LaManna, performer". Internet Broadway Database (IBDb). Retrieved 19 March 2019.
- "Janine LaManna, actress". Internet Movie Database (IMDb). Retrieved 19 March 2019.
- "Office of the President: Kurt Landgraf". Washington College. Retrieved 22 March 2019.
- "Frank Lombardi, producer etc". Internet Movie Database (IMDb). Retrieved 19 March 2019.
- "Brian Sgambati, performer". Internet Broadway Database (IBDb). Retrieved 19 March 2019.
- "Brian Sgambati, actor". Internet Movie Database (IMDb). Retrieved 19 March 2019.
- "Brian Sgambati, performer". Playbill. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
- "Brian Sgambati, Class of 1997". Wagner College Theatre: Theatre Alumni. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
- "Bret Shuford, performer". Internet Broadway Database (IBDb). Retrieved 19 March 2019.
- "Bret Shuford, actor etc". Internet Movie Database (IMDb). Retrieved 19 March 2019.
- "Bret Shuford, performer". Playbill. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
- Ulrich, Allan (9 August 2001). "Olivia Stapp, Opera's Lady Bountiful: Former diva guides East Bay company". SFGate.com. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
- "Michael Tadross, producer etc". Internet Movie Database (IMDb). Retrieved 19 March 2019.
- Freund, Michael (26 January 2019). "Armin Thurnher: Erinnerungen an Manhattan (Memories of Manhattan)". Der Standard. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
- Navarro, Mireya (18 February 1992). "Les Trautmann, 73, Top Editor For The Staten Island Advance". New York Times. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
- "Gustave Weber, 89, retired Susquehanna University president". The Morning Call. 15 July 1997. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
- "Silent Madness (1984)". Internet Media Database (IMDb). Retrieved 20 March 2019.
- "Naked in New York (1993)". Internet Media Database (IMDb). Retrieved 20 March 2019.
- "Cadaverous (2000)". Internet Media Database (IMDb). Retrieved 20 March 2019.
- "Sopranos filming location - Hudson Military Institute". The Sopranos Location Guide. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
- "School of Rock (2003)". movie-locations.com. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
- "Four Lane Highway (2005)". Internet Media Database (IMDb). Retrieved 20 March 2019.
- "Exposing the Order of the Serpentine (2006)". Internet Media Database (IMDb). Retrieved 20 March 2019.
- "Illegal Tender (2007)". Internet Media Database (IMDb). Retrieved 20 March 2019.
- "The Visitor (2007)". Internet Media Database (IMDb). Retrieved 20 March 2019.
- "Little New York (2009)". Internet Media Database (IMDb). Retrieved 20 March 2019.
- "Rescue Me: Play". Internet Media Database (IMDb). Retrieved 20 March 2019.
- "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Swing". Internet Media Database (IMDb). Retrieved 20 March 2019.
- "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Lunacy". Internet Media Database (IMDb). Retrieved 20 March 2019.
- "An Invisible Sign (2010)". Internet Media Database (IMDb). Retrieved 20 March 2019.
- "You Don't Know Jack (2010)". Internet Media Database (IMDb). Retrieved 20 March 2019.
- "AmeriQua (2013)". Internet Media Database (IMDb). Retrieved 20 March 2019.
- "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Gridiron Soldier". Internet Media Database (IMDb). Retrieved 20 March 2019.
- "The Rewrite (2014)". Internet Media Database (IMDb). Retrieved 20 March 2019.
- "Allstate TV ad, "Mayhem: We're Going To The Playoffs!"". YouTube. 26 September 2016. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
- "Crashing: NACA". Internet Media Database (IMDb). Retrieved 20 March 2019.
- "Clear TV commercial, 'Jimmy'". iSpot.tv. 2018. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
- "Clear website". clearme.com. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
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