Students Say

Gifted students clamor for a spot at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. The universal “full-tuition scholarships” have been one of the school’s major selling points. However, the rigorous and “very reputable” academic programs are the main reason to attend this unique New York City college. “An institution of the highest caliber,” Cooper Union has a narrow academic focus, conferring degrees only in fine arts, architecture, and engineering. Cooper Union’s “engineering program is considered one of the best in the nation”; there are “plenty of opportunities for independent study in your field,” and “lab facilities are incredible.”

Overview

Applicants
2,536
Acceptance Rate
15%
Average HS GPA
3.50

GPA Breakdown

20%
Over 3.75
18%
3.50 - 3.74
14%
3.25 - 3.49
22%
3.00 - 3.24
17%
2.50 - 2.99
5%
2.00 - 2.49
4%
1.00 - 1.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
600 - 730
SAT Math
650 - 770
SAT Writing
610 - 710
ACT Composite
30 - 34

Deadlines

Early Decision
December 1

Early Decision II
December 1

Regular
January 12

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Non-Academic

Talent / Ability
Level of applicant's interest

Overall

Students Say

Gifted students clamor for a spot at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. The universal “full-tuition scholarships” have been one of the school’s major selling points. However, the rigorous and “very reputable” academic programs are the main reason to attend this unique New York City college. “An institution of the highest caliber,” Cooper Union has a narrow academic focus, conferring degrees only in fine arts, architecture, and engineering. Cooper Union’s “engineering program is considered one of the best in the nation”; there are “plenty of opportunities for independent study in your field,” and “lab facilities are incredible.” Individual learning is emphasized, and the student-to-teacher ratio is excellent: “The freshman year courses have about twenty to twenty-five students in each, while the courses in later years have as few as five students in a class.” When it comes to the teaching staff, adjunct faculty gets mixed reviews, while “full-time professors are really great. They have great experience, like what they do, like the students, [and] are really accessible and happy to help.” “Professors vary widely in their teaching methods”; yet most are “very accessible, friendly, [and] expect a high level of quality for work.” Unfortunately, if you don’t like your instructor, you’re out of luck because “there are only a few professors in each department, meaning students have the same professor over and over again.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
8.8:1
Total Faculty
213
with Terminal Degree
102

146
Men
67
Women
22
Minority

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
100+

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
65%
Graduate in 5 years
82%
Graduate in 6 years
82%

Majors

  • Architecture and Related Service

  • Architecture

  • Engineering

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Engineering, General
  • Engineering, Other
  • Mechanical Engineering

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Fine and Studio Arts
  • Graphic Design


Degrees

Bachelor's
Certificate
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Dr. Albert Carnesale
Former Chancellor UCLA

Joshua Lionel Cowen
Inventor Lionel trains

Thomas Edison
Inventor

Felix Frankfurter
Justice United States Supreme Court

Daniel Libeskind
Architect-World Trade Center redesign

Milton Glaser
Designer

Alex Katz
Painter

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
92
Application Deadlines
May 1
Notification Date
Dec 20

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile

Bottom Line

Students are accepted on the basis of merit alone, and every student receives a half-tuition scholarship currently valued at approximately $20,000 annually. In addition to the remainder of tuition, students must pay additional fees, including room and board, which vary by school. Additional financial aid is available for those with demonstrated need, and merit scholarships are offered to exceptional students. 

Bang For Your Buck

The school’s founder, Peter Cooper, believed that an “education of the first rank” should be “as free as air and water,” and while the current economic climate has recently changed the school’s scholarship practices, Cooper Union remains committed to providing financial support to its accomplished, ambitious student body. The engineering program is considered one of the best in the nation, and a degree from the Cooper Union is a ticket into an excellent professional career. Forty percent of graduates go on to top-tier graduate programs, and the small school has produced 34 Fulbright scholars since 2001. Cooper Union’s location in the East Village adds value to students’ experience as well. In the limited time they spend outside of the lab or the studio, students here have access to the nearly infinite range of cultural events, restaurants, museums, and other adventures available in New York City.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$45,405

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$45,915

Average Need-Based Loan
$3,723

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$19,072

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
26%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$39,600

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$39,600
Required Fees
$1,850
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,600

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$1,500
Transportation for Commuters
$750

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Federal Academic and Smart Grants-When Available
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

Cooper Union’s campus is largely comprised of “three distinct types of students,” each delineated by major field: art, architecture, and engineering. Typical art students are “alternative kids” with the “just-rolled-out-of-bed look” while future architects are “very sleek” and fashionable, but “never leave their studio.” The more “socially awkward” engineers are also largely like minds. One says, “If you have some obscure technological passion, someone in the engineering school is guaranteed to be as passionate.” According to some, “Artists hang out with artists, engineers with engineers, architects with architects.” However, most Cooper Union students laugh off stereotypes, telling us the school is filled with “very unique, interesting people,” eager to learn and cross-pollinate between departments. A current student reassures us, “Of course, the odds are high that a group of electrical engineers will end up talking about video games, but there seems to be a broad spectrum of personalities present here.” Across the board, students in every major are serious about their studies, and most of Cooper’s selective admits are “super intelligent, super creative, and/or just super hardworking.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
876
Out of State
48%

International
18%
Foreign Countries Represented

Demographics

1.35%
American Indian or Alaskan Native
23.65%
Asian
6.35%
African-American
12.03%
Hispanic
38.51%
Caucasian
15.81%
Unknown
18.38%
International

34% female
66% male
48% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Located in New York City’s East Village, Cooper Union offers “an opportunity to live in one of the most energetic and dynamic cities in the world.” Unfortunately, “There isn’t time for anything other than your classes” at Cooper Union. To meet the school’s high academic demands and “spine-breaking workload,” “the typical schedule for any Cooper student who hopes to survive is go to class, study and do homework, sleep for a few hours, and repeat.” At Cooper Union, there are few Greek organizations, no dormitories for upperclassmen, and “no recreational facilities or cafeterias on campus.” Students are the first to admit that “the social life is rather limited” and “weekends are more often spent in the lab or library than at parties.” However, those who make time for a little recreation say, “There are plenty of parties happening in the Village and at NYU that students can attend”— not to mention, plenty of “comedy clubs, movies, bowling, lounges, and bars” throughout New York City. Art students, though also self-professed workaholics, may also make time to “go to art openings of fellow students, professors, and friends, party, [or] play a lot of music.” However, most students say that when they “sacrifice a few hours of sleep to do something enjoyable, it usually includes just hanging out with friends.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
20%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
72
First-Year Students living on campus
80%

Campus Environment
Large Urban
Fire safety rating
98

Housing Options

Dorms Coed
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
100
Number of Honor Societies
18

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations
8

5% join a fraternity

Sports

Athletic Division
Other

10% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Hawks)
5 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Soccer
Tennis
Volleyball
Women's Sports (Hawks)
5 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Soccer
Tennis
Volleyball


Sustainability

Green Rating
75

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
25

Average Number of PC's per Lab
40

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
80%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell,Apple, NYU

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Abby David
Assistant Director of Admissions

Address
Office of Admissions
30 Cooper Square
New York, NY 10003

Phone
2123534120

Email
admissions@cooper.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Great Hall
41 Cooper Square
Foundation Building
Houghton and 41 Cooper Square Gallery
Frankie's Kitchen
41 Cooper Square-our newest building, opened in September of 2009 to critical acclaim. Designed by Pritzker Prize winning architect, Thom Mayne, this building has many green features and is earned Platinum LEED certification.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Restaurants
Clubs
Galleries
Museums
Theater
We are located in the east village, a cultural hotbed of New York City.

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
call 212-353-4120 to set up

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
3 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
baker@cooper.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Other

Limitations
space

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art is located in New York's East Village and can be reached conveniently by car, bus and subway. By auto: From the West Side of upper Manhattan, Cooper Union is best reached by driving south on the West Side Highway to 56th Street and continuing south on 12th Avenue (which becomes West Street). At 12th Street, turn left and take 12th Street to Third Avenue. Turn right on Third and drive to Cooper Square, which begins at 7th Street. From the East Side of Manhattan, Cooper Union is best reached by taking the East River Drive to Houston Street. Take Houston Westbound to Bowery. Turn right (north) on Bowery and drive to Cooper Square, which begins at 7th Street. By bus: Take any of the following buses and ask the driver to let you off nearest Astor Place or Cooper Square: The M1 (5th and Madison Avenues), the M15 (First and Second Avenues), the M6 (7th Avenue/Broadway and Avenue of the Americas), the M101 or M102 (Third and Lexington Avenues). By subway: Take the R or W (BMT Lines) subway to 8th Street, or take the No. 6 (IRT Lexington Avenue Local) to Astor Place. By air: Taxi service to Cooper Union is available from LaGuardia and Kennedy Airports in New York and from Newark Airport in New Jersey. Bus service to Grand Central Terminal and the Port Authority Bus Terminal, both in Manhattan, is available from all airports.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From Kennedy Airport Taxis: $45 (direct to Cooper Union), plus tolls and tip (10-15% of the fare, more if you have excessive luggage). New York Airport Service Express Bus: $15. (718.875.8200) Buses run every 15 to 30 minutes between 6:15am and 11:10pm. The drive is 45-65 minutes during peak hours making stops at Grand Central, Port Authority and Penn Station. Super Shuttle USA: $13-22. (800.451.0455) Buses run on demand 45-60 minutes, between 6am and 11:30pm making stops anywhere between Battery Park and 227th Street including all hotels. For more information, go to www.nyairportservice.com or www.supershuttle.com. From LaGuardia Airport Taxis: $25 (direct to Cooper Union), plus tolls and tip. New York Airport Service Express Bus: $10. (718.875.8200) Buses run every 15 to 20 minutes between 6:40am and 11:40pm making stops at Grand Central, Port Authority and Penn Station. Super Shuttle USA: $13. (800.451.0455) Shuttles run on demand 45-60 minutes, between 6am and 11:30pm making stops anywhere between Battery Park and 227th Street including all hotels. For more information, go to www.nyairportservice.com or www.supershuttle.com. From Newark Airport Taxis: $35-51, plus tolls and tip (if a flat fee isn't offered, you may be required to pay double the amount on the meter). Olympia Airport Express Bus: $12. (212.964.6233) Buses run every 30 minutes, 6am to 12 midnight, making stops at Grand Central, Port Authority and Penn Station. Super Shuttle Manhattan: $19. (800.258.3826) Shuttles run on demand 30-60 minutes, between 6am and 11:30pm making stops anywhere between Battery Park and 227th Street including all hotels. For more information, go to www.supershuttle.com or www.coachusa.com/olympia/.

Local Accommodations
see link below
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Key Stats

2,536
Applicants
876
Size
15%
Acceptance Rate
1380
SAT Scores

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