The Institute’s adult evening courses grew out of the original lectures given by William Wagner at his home. Since its incorporation in 1855, the Wagner Institute has drawn upon scientists and teachers from the many distinguished educational and research institutions in the region for its faculty. Many hold joint appointments with the Wagner and institutions such as the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, Bryn Mawr College, the Academy of Natural Sciences and Temple University. Today the courses are held off-site at a variety of locations throughout the city to make them accessible to a wide audience.
The adult lecture courses are offered on an introductory college level. They are open to anyone seeking an introduction to various areas of the sciences as well as those familiar with the subjects who wish to broaden and update their knowledge. The courses also provide an excellent opportunity for motivated junior high and high school students to supplement their current science courses and to help prepare them for further study in these fields at a college level. The courses are appropriate as well for teachers seeking to expand their knowledge.
The Wagner Free Institute of Science admits students of any race, color, sex, sexual orientation, age, nationality, and ethnic origin. All students are accorded access to the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally made available by the Institute.