See what students say:

Academics

A truly unique New York City institution, Cooper Union provides grants covering more than half tuition to all students (as well as additional need-based aid). Degree programs focus in art, architecture, or engineering. Academics are “very rigorous, although consistent and achievable with the resources provided,” and students are very driven in achieving their coursework, “especially with major projects that offer them a great deal of academic freedom to create their own content.” Students are pushed “to achieve the most in a short amount of time” and are well aware of the value they are getting relative to “cost of tuition and good job placement after graduating.”

Professors are “generally very knowledgeable in their subject area” and “you’re not that likely to have the same professor over and over again,” making for a diverse learning experience. The “very focused” engineering program “sets you up to be a functioning member of the engineering community and workforce”: “Even as a sophomore I have had the opportunity to take (and understand) graduate level material,” says one student. The art school “constructs an art curriculum around the individual practice,” and the “caliber of art teachers is unbelievable,” with professors that “have exhibited at the MOMA and Guggenheim, just to name a few.” Students from all major programs mix in the required humanities courses. Though the school’s 2009 addition of a new academic building (housing the engineering and art programs, and bringing the total up to two) increased visibility, the building is “chronically short on space due to its atrium,” and the school “could use more classrooms to work with.” The academic prestige of the school attracts a high standard all around, and art, architects, and engineers come together “to create a rich environment for scholarly thinking, problem solving, learning, and debate.”

Student Body

Students at the Cooper Union are “generally stressed and hardworking, but high-spirited.” Most are “socially and politically left”; “almost everyone is pretty friendly,” and finds their niche within the “small but complex community.” These “highly intelligent...and helpful” students are there to succeed, and “school work is valued over social interaction.” Many students have part-time jobs, and “the level students are at and their work ethic makes you feel like the people here are destined for success.” This “strange and ambitious” group “excels in their field doing extra activities that they don’t need to because of the curiosity and fun.” “Everyone has their own thing that makes them tick,” says a student.

Campus Life

Aside from classes, students have “ample opportunity to explore New York City” due to “the abundance of safe public transit and places of interest.” The campus is in the heart of the East Village and accessible by two subway lines, so students “will often visit local off-campus businesses such as restaurants, stores, and gyms.” The “limited on-campus food service,” combined with the availability of stovetops in the residence hall, “encourages students to cook their own food when time permits.” Meeting areas within the campus are utilized “for both group study and recreational uses,” and the small campus (just two buildings) means students are “always near each other ready to chat and grab a coffee for a little break.” The school “requires a lot of time to study in order to pass the courses” and “the life is packed”; many take to a bar on weekends or partake in “healthier activities like the gym; sports or video games (not as healthy) are also stress management mechanisms.”

Overview

Applicants
2,326
Acceptance Rate
16%
Average HS GPA
3.75

GPA Breakdown

46%
Over 3.75
37%
3.50 - 3.74
7%
3.25 - 3.49
2%
3.00 - 3.24

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
650 - 740
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
655 - 790
ACT Composite Scores
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
30 - 35

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Decision — December 2

Regular — January 6


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Non-Academic

Talent / Ability

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
8:1
Total Faculty
241
with Terminal Degree
155

158
Men
83
Women
63
Minority
17
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
71%
Graduate in 5 years
85%
Graduate in 6 years
88%

Majors

  • ARCHITECTURE AND RELATED SERVICES.

  • Architecture.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Chemical Engineering.
  • Civil Engineering, General.
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Engineering, General.
  • Mechanical Engineering.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Fine/Studio Arts, General.


Degrees

Bachelor's
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

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Elizabeth Diller
Architect

Joshua Lionel Cowen
Inventor Lionel trains

Thomas Edison
Inventor

Patty Jenkins
Director of Wonder Woman

Shigeru Ban
Pritzker Prize Winning Architect

Milton Glaser
Designer

Alex Katz
Painter

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
71%
Graduate in 5 years
85%
Graduate in 6 years
88%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

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

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$68,500

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$126,200

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$71,600

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$138,600

Percent High Job Meaning
56%

Percent STEM
55%


Students Say

The Center for Career Development encourages “selfaccountability,” “initiative,” and “autonomy” in all Cooper students as they transition to a professional practice. With that in mind, the Center offers ample resources to help students find their way, like online timelines and career counseling tailored to each school as well as the Cooper Career Connection that informs students about all career-related events, programs, and forums. The Career Resource Library is another excellent way to keep abreast of trends and ideas in your relevant field. Alumni lead by example, and the CU @ Lunch program allows recent grads to “speak about the vital issues they face following graduation.” Those graduates who visited PayScale.com report a median starting salary of $68,500, and 55 percent believe their work makes the world a better place.

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Jan 5

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$44,734

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$44,399

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,467

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
53%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$10,742

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$44,734

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$44,550
Required Fees
$2,270
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,800

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$1,600
Transportation for Commuters
$1,040

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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)

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

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
857

Demographics

23.93%
Asian
4.62%
African-American
12.09%
Hispanic
31.52%
Caucasian
7.58%
Unknown
16.23%
International

42% female
58% male
44% are out of state
100% are full time
0% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

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

First-Year Students living on campus
80%

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Dorms Coed

Special Needs Admissions


Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Chris Chamberlin, Dean of Students

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
No

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
No

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
72
Number of Honor Societies
18

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
8

4% join a fraternity

Sports

Athletic Division
Other

12% participate in intercollegiate sports



Sustainability


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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell, Apple, NYU

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Nicole Garvin
Admissions Manager and Visit Coordinator

Address
Office of Admissions
30 Cooper Square, 3rd Floor
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

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Restaurants
Clubs
Galleries
Museums
Theater
We are located in the east village, the epicenter of experimental art movements, influential music scenes and important social activism.

Campus Tours

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

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
3 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
eric.conley@cooper.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not 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
By Car From the East Side, use the FDR Drive and take Exit 5 (Houston Street). Take Houston Street westbound to Lafayette Street. Turn right (north) on Lafayette, and drive to Astor Place. Turn right on Astor Place and drive one block to Cooper Square. From the West Side, take the West Side Highway to the 14th Street exit. Turn left onto 14th Street to 3rd Avenue and make a right. Take 3rd Avenue to Cooper Square, which begins at 7th Street. Please Note: The Cooper Union does not have designated visitor parking. Limited street parking is available, as well as several nearby parking garages where you can expect to pay approximately $8-10/half hour.

Local Accommodations
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