The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

New York, NY

The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

New York, NY

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Fostering a just and thriving world

Founded in 1859 in New York City by Peter Cooper, The Cooper Union is a top-ranked, all-honors college committed to making education fair and accessible to all by granting every admitted undergraduate student a half-tuition scholarship as well as need-based aid.  

Throughout its history, Cooper has been a place where thinkers, builders, artists, activists, and dreamers have thrived and contributed to New York City and the world in large and small ways—being of this world and for this world. 

Comprised of three schools specializing in architecture, art, and engineering, The Cooper Union offers small, intimate classes organized around a culture of collaboration. 

The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture offers a five-year Bachelor of Architecture and a post-professional Master of Science in Architecture. Students from all years of study work side-by-side in an open studio, exploring the essential skills of drawing, model making, and design development along with both analytical and critical uses of digital technologies. 

The School of Art offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts in which students, instead of choosing a major, begin their studies taking a year of foundational courses followed by course selections in drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, film/video, graphic design, sculpture, performance, and sound. 

The Albert Nerken School of Engineering offers a Bachelor and Master of Engineering in Chemical, Civil, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering as well as a Bachelor of Science in General Engineering. Small classes and project-based experiential learning provide opportunities for students to enhance their education through research and collaboration with peers and faculty. 

In addition, all Cooper Union students take a four-semester core curriculum of required courses through the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, in which they learn to think, write, and critically investigate their work and its impact on society.

ACCOLADES

 

39 Fulbright Scholars since 2001

 

3 MacArthur Fellowships and 25 Guggenheim Fellowships

 

14 Rome Prizes and 1 Pritzker Architecture Prize

 

13 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships since 2004

 

1 Nobel Prize in Physics

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Founded in 1859 in New York City, The Cooper Union is a top-ranked college committed to making education accessible to all by granting every admitted undergraduate student a half-tuition scholarship as well as need-based aid. 

The College is comprised of three schools specializing in architecture, art, and engineering. The School of Architecture offers a five-year Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Science; the School of Art offers a four-year Bachelor of Fine Arts; and the School of Engineering offers a Bachelor and Master of Engineering in Chemical, Civil, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering as well as a Bachelor of Science in General Engineering.  

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “When the project was presented to us, it seemed impossible. But in four months, we were able to build this crazy model. We measured rooms, learned how to use the tools, and learned to care for and love our school.”

    • Mireya Fabegas ’19
      Architecture
  • "Cooper Union is definitely a chaotic but good experience. Although the workload and stress can be a bit overwhelming and haphazard at times, having a community of friends and faculty who have my back has kept me going."

    • Yeji Kim ’22
      Art
  • “I don’t know if there’s any other place where artists, architects, and engineers of all disciplines can so easily come together and cooperate on a project. The strength and unity of our student body has always impressed me.”

    • Chris Mignano ’21
      Mechanical Engineering