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Cooper Union

Cooper Union, Cooper Square, College profile

41 Cooper Square, Cooper Union

The Cooper Union mission statement reflects founder Peter Cooper’s fundamental belief that an education “equal to the best” should be available to all. This philosophy has made the school famous for its full-tuition scholarships granted to all undergraduates as they pursue degrees in any of the three schools: the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, the School of Art and the Albert Nerken School of Engineering. This policy ensures that it is consistently one of the most selective and desirable schools in the nation. With landmarks like the school’s Great Hall, which on February 27, 1860 became the site of a historic address by Abraham Lincoln, Cooper Union students have seen their share of great speakers through the years. Students also benefit from ample studio and gallery space; Architecture students have 8,000 square feet of studio space to draft and build for their demanding courses.


Admissions Phone 212 353-4120
Admissions Email
Codes SAT: 2097 ACT: 2724 FAFSA: 002710 CSS Profile: N/A
Location New York, NY; Large city
College Type Private
College Newspaper N/A
Enrollment ~1,000 undergraduate students
Popular Programs Engineering, Art, Architecture
Student Life In addition to the work of the Student Councils in all three schools, students run eighty organizations, actively serve on more than thirty subcommittees, and administer the Code of Conduct. Students play a variety of varsity sports as well. While Cooper Union is a small community, being in New York’s East Village given students plenty to do with their time off.
International ~10% of undergrads; TOEFL: Required;  SAT or ACT: Required; Financial Aid Available
Transfer Yes, Fall; Minimum 3.00 GPA, Portfolio required for Architecture and Art transfers
Crossover Rhode Island School of Design, Pratt, Parsons, Columbia
Other Very Selective (~10% admitted), Early Decision, Common Application


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