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Academics

A truly unique New York City institution, Cooper Union provides grants covering 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
2,654
Acceptance Rate
13%
Average HS GPA
3.60

GPA Breakdown

32%
Over 3.75
30%
3.50 - 3.74
14%
3.25 - 3.49
16%
3.00 - 3.24
3%
2.50 - 2.99
4%
2.00 - 2.49
1%
1.00 - 1.99

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
600 - 720
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
640 - 780
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
590 - 710

Concordant SAT Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
650 - 740
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
660 - 790

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
30 - 34

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with Writing recommended

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with Essay component recommended

Deadlines

Early Decision — December 1

Early Decision II — December 1

Regular — January 9


Other Admission Factors

Academic

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

Talent / Ability
Level of applicant's interest

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
8:1
Total Faculty
214
with Terminal Degree
109

153
Men
61
Women
38
Minority

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
75%
Graduate in 5 years
86%
Graduate in 6 years
87%

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

Notable Faculty


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

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
75%
Graduate in 5 years
86%
Graduate in 6 years
87%

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

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$62,700

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$114,000

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$63,500

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$120,000

Percent High Job Meaning
39%

Percent STEM
59%


Students Say

The Center for Career Development encourages "self-accountability," "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 an average starting salary of $61,400, and 50 percent believe their work makes the world a better place.

Dates

Application Deadlines
May 1
Notification Date
Dec 20

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$19,208

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$15,394

Average Need-Based Loan
$3,505

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
22%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$21,919

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$42,539

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$43,250
Required Fees
$1,850
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,650

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$1,600
Transportation for Commuters
$750

On-Campus Room and Board
$16,270
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

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

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
876

Demographics

19.60%
Asian
3.38%
African-American
9.57%
Hispanic
30.22%
Caucasian
9.57%
Unknown
18.20%
International

34% female
66% male
51% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
25%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
80%

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Dorms Coed
Other
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Dean Chris Chamberlin

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
No

Dictionary allowed in exams
No

Computer allowed in exams
No

Spellchecker allowed in exams
No

Extended test time
No

Scribes
No

Proctors
No

Oral exams
No

Notetakers
No

Distraction-free environment
No

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
No

Other assistive technology
No

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

11% 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


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 Davis
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 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
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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