Through outstanding academic programs in architecture, art and engineering, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art prepares talented students to make enlightened contributions to society. The College admits undergraduates solely on merit and awards full scholarships to all enrolled students. The institution provides close contact with a distinguished, creative faculty and fosters rigorous, humanistic learning that is enhanced by the process of design and augmented by the urban setting.
Founded in 1859 by Peter Cooper, industrialist and philanthropist, The Cooper Union offers public programs for the civic, cultural and practicable enrichment of New York City.
The Cooper Union seeks students of exceptional ability and talent. For students in art, admission is based on portfolio and home test evaluation; in architecture, admission is based on a combination of academic achievement and home test evaluation; in engineering, admission is based on high school average, SAT I scores, SAT II Subject Test scores in Mathematics and Physics or Chemistry, and the submission of responses to part II of the application. No special consideration is given to children of alumni or residents of particular areas in the United States. Students who are offered admission may request deferment of enrollment for a period of one year. Specific unit and credit requirements vary in the three schools and are defined in the school catalog.
Degree programs are offered in architecture, fine arts and engineering. The Bachelor of Architecture is offered in architecture (five-year program); Bachelor of Fine Arts includes studies in drawing, film/video, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture; the Bachelor of Engineering is offered in chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and inter-disciplinary studies. In addition, a certificate program is offered in art.