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Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

New York, NY
University Website: www.cooper.edu
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Coordinates: 40°43′45″N 73°59′26″W / 40.72927°N 73.99058°W / 40.72927; -73.99058

The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, commonly referred to simply as Cooper Union, is a privately funded college in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City, located at Cooper Square and Astor Place. Founded in 1859, and inspired in 1830 when Peter Cooper learned about the government-supported École Polytechnique of Paris, the school established a radical new model of American higher education: its mission reflects founder Peter Cooper's fundamental belief that an education "equal to the best" should be accessible to those who qualify, independent of their race, religion, sex, wealth or social status, and should be "open and free to all". The Cooper Union previously granted each admitted student a full-tuition scholarship; as of April 23, 2013, due to financial concerns, that policy has been eliminated.

The college is divided into three schools: the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, the School of Art, and the Albert Nerken School of Engineering. It offers undergraduate and Master's degree programs exclusively in the fields of architecture, fine arts, and engineering. It is a member of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) and the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD). Cooper is considered to be one of the most prestigious colleges in the United States, with all three of its member schools consistently ranked among the highest in the country. Dr. Jamshed Bharucha has succeeded George Campbell Jr. as the college’s twelfth president.

The Cooper Union is one of very few American institutions of higher learning to offer a full-tuition scholarship – valued at approximately $150,000 as of 2012 – to every admitted student. As a result, Cooper Union is one of the most selective colleges in the United States, with an acceptance rate generally below 10%, with both the art and architecture schools' acceptance rates often below 5%. Cooper Union experienced a 20% increase in applications for the 2008–2009 academic year, further lowering the acceptance rate. The school also experienced a 70% increase in early decision applications for the 2009–2010 academic year. As a result of its record low acceptance ratio for the fall-2010 incoming class, Cooper Union was named by Newsweek Magazine as the "#1 Most Desirable Small School" and "#7 Most Desirable School" overall.

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Fast Facts

  • Private not for profit, Four or more years
  • students
  • $37,500.00 avg tuition

7 East 7th Street
New York, NY 10003-7120
(212) 353-4100

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Areas of Study:

  • Architecture And Related Services
  • Engineering
  • Visual And Performing Arts
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Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

Applied 3,415
Admitted 264 8%
Enrolled total 198
Full Time: 198
Part Time 0
Test 25th % 75th %
SAT EBRW 610 720
SAT Math 650 780
SAT Written (2006-2015) Optional 620 730
ACT Composite 29 33
ACT English 29 33
ACT Math 29 33
ACT Writing 9 11
Retention / Graduation:
Retention rate 96%
4-year graduation rate 70%
6-year graduation rate 83%
Application Deadlines:
Regular Application Deadline
Early Admission Deadline
Early Decision Deadline
Financial Aid Deadline
Student Response Deadline
Transfer Student Application Deadline
Open Admissions Policy No
Secondary School GPA Required
Secondary School Rank Neither required nor recommended
Secondary School Record Required
Formal Demonstration of Competencies Required
Admission Test Scores Required
TOEFL Required
Other Tests Neither required nor recommended
AP Credits Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

Tuition In-District In-State Out-Of-State
Avg Full-Time Undergraduate Tuition $37,500.00 $37,500.00 $37,500.00
Full-Time Undergraduate Required Fees $1,650.00 $1,650.00 $1,650.00
Part-Time Undergraduate Cost Per Credit Hour $1,172.00 $1,172.00 $1,172.00
Avg Full Time Graduate Tuition $37,500.00 $37,500.00 $37,500.00
Full Time Graduate Required Fees $1,650.00 $1,650.00 $1,650.00
Part-Full Time Graduate Cost Per Credit Hour $2,100.00 $2,100.00 $2,100.00
Expenses On-Campus Off-Campus
(without family)
(with family)
Room and Board $13,700.00 $15,195.00 $2,295.00
Other Expenses $2,295.00 $2,295.00 $2,295.00
Additional Fees
Undergraduate Application Fee $65.00
Graduate Application Fee $65.00
Books and Supplies $1,400.00
Financial Aid
Percent receiving aid 100%
Percent receiving grant aid 100%
Avg amount of grant aid $35,161.00
Percent receiving student loan aid 20%
Avg amount of student loan aid $4,673.00

Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

Programs and majors Associate's Bachelor's Master's Doctorate
Architecture X
Chemical Engineering X X
Civil Engineering, General X X
Electrical and Electronics Engineering X X
Engineering, General X
Mechanical Engineering X X
Fine/Studio Arts, General X

Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art Scholarships

Name Amount Deadline
Milton Fisher Scholarship for Innovation and Creativity Up to $5,000 April 30, 2017

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