With an acceptance rate of 16%, Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art is a selective institute preparing students to succeed in the fields of architecture, art, and engineering. This private college was established in the year 1859 based on the vision of inventor, industrialist, and philanthropist Peter Cooper where he dreamed of free education accessible to a diverse array of people who want to study in the USA.
The school did not charge any tuition fee from its students till 2014, and today students still receive a half-tuition scholarship worth 22,275 USD a year and can also apply for other scholarships.
This center of learning concentrates on influencing people’s ideas in the area of architecture, art, and engineering and hosts a number of research institutes among which the Institute of Sustainable Design and the C.V.Starr Research Foundation are the notable ones.
Cooper Union is a close-knit community with an enrollment of less than 1,000. CU has a total enrollment of 884 with 17% international students coming from 35 countries.
Cooper Union ranks among the most prestigious private institutions in the world. A few of the recognitions of the institute include:
|Year of Establishment||1859|
|Location||Manhattan, New York City|
|Type of Institute||Private|
|% of undergraduate international students||17%|
|Annual acceptance rate||16%|
|Test Scores accepted||ACT, SAT|
|Tuition and fees||$46,700|
|Room and board||$17,017|
The Copper Union comprises of schools engaging in architecture, art, and engineering. Offering both undergraduate and graduate programs, Cooper Union has top-notch faculty, premiere art and science institutions in the vicinity, and the tech corridor known as Silicon Alley.
The academic departments include:
The architecture and engineering schools offer post-graduate advanced degrees in addition to undergraduate courses. Certificate programs on studio arts, graphic arts or drawing architectural landmarks in New York City area also available. Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is part of the core curriculum across all three schools unifying them in their base ideas.
The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art has its campus located in New York. The school is located on the edge of Manhattan's East Village. Consisting of two buildings, CU shares the neighborhood with New York University.
The Foundation Building was built in 1859 and was the most technologically innovative building of its time and houses art and architecture school.
The other academic building called 41 Cooper Square is just across the street and is the engineering building. Due to its energy-efficient structure, 41 Cooper Square has earned the first-ever platinum level Leeds certification for any academic & laboratory building.
The Great Hall located in the basement of the Foundation Building has been a site of the historic address by Abraham Lincoln and other US Presidents including Ulysses S. Grant, William Howard Taft, Grover Cleveland, Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. Other presenters include personalities such as Harriet Beecher Stowe, Salmon Rushdie, Bertrand Russell, Susan Sontag, Thomas Huxley, Brian Greene, and even popular musicians including Benny Carter and Billy Joel.
Multiple services are provided to make the student journey a cakewalk which includes laboratories, classrooms, studios, housing residences, public spaces such as galleries and auditoriums, etc.
Cooper Union has residence halls next to the engineering building, Around 40% of the students live in the residence halls. Freshmen students though given priority in their first year must assume to find their own residence after the freshmen year and the school also has no housing guarantee for any of its students.
Apartment-style housing is available with a kitchen, bathroom, and bedrooms. The Residence Hall comprises of 37 apartments and approx. 170 bed. The residence hall is staffed by 8 Resident Assistants and therefore only 162 beds are available for the first-year students.
The halls consist of single and double bedrooms with only 10 single bedrooms. Each apartment is equipped with the following furniture:
The Residence Halls does not have any meal plan and, therefore, students are required to cook their food. There are multiple grocery stores, bodegas and small markets within walking distance of the Residence Hall.
Students looking for off-campus accommodation can contact the Office of Housing & Residential Education. Students can live in affordable student housing in New York City such as shared or rented apartments.
Admissions at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art are selective. The admission rate for 2019-20 was 15%.The school received around 2,447 undergraduate applications for Fall 2018, 16% were admitted while 55% enrolled.
Application Fee: 75 USD for PG application
Undergraduate Application Deadline: The admissions at Cooper Union are accepted for the Fall semester. The table below shows the deadline for the undergraduate programs.
|School||Early Decision Deadline||Regular Decision Deadline|
|School of Architecture||December 2, 2019||January 6, 2020|
|School of Art||December 2, 2019||January 6, 2020|
|School of Engineering||December 2, 2019||January 6, 2020|
Cooper Union Graduate Deadlines: The application deadline for the graduate programs offered at Cooper Union for Fall 2020 are:
|Master of Science in Architecture||January 6, 2020|
|Master of Engineering||March 30, 2020|
Application Requirements: The general admission requirements for international admission to CU include:
|Exam||Minimum Required Scores|
The Office of Admissions
30 Cooper Square, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10003
The table below shows the Annual Cost of Attendance for a student living in the Residence Halls at CU.
|Expenses||Cost of Attendance for Art & Architecture Students (in USD)||Cost of Attendance for Engineering Students (in USD)|
|Lab & Studio Material Fee||350||350|
|Books and Supplies||1,800||1,000|
|Room & Board*||17,017||17,017|
|Less Half-tuition Scholarship||22,275||22,275|
*The estimated annual room and board fee for students living off-campus is 15,910 USD.
International students are required to pay an additional fee amount of 2,010 USD for a year. Also, the mandatory health insurance fee is 1,782 USD.
International students applying at CU are not eligible for Federal or State Financial Aid. However, they are eligible for the half-tuition scholarship of 22,275 USD annually and additional merit aid.
Students are automatically considered for an additional merit-based scholarship through the admissions process. Students are eligible for merit based scholarships only if they enroll full-time and show satisfactory academic progress. Exceptional students are generally considered for merit-based scholarships.
Cooper Union holds some of the prominent alumni, some of which are also the trustee of CU. A few of the prominent alumni are:
The Cooper Union alumni, students and faculty have received several prestigious accolades and prizes over the years.
|Institution Type||Private (Not for Profit)|
|Average Cost of Attendance||$44,550 / Year|
|Student : Faculty Ratio||2 : 1|
|The Cooper Union Enrollment||1017|
|Average Graduation Rate||77.5%|
The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees
|Undergraduate Programs||$44,550 / Year|
|Post Graduate Program||$39,300 / Year|
|On Campus Accomodation|
|Books & Supplies||$1,400 / Year|
|On campus, Room & Board||$16,270 / Year|
|On Campus, Other Expenses||$2,275 / Year|
|Off Campus Accomodation|
|Off campus (not with family), Room & Board||$15,910 / Year|
|Off campus (not with family), Other Expenses||$2,275 / Year|
|Off campus (with family), Room & Board||$2,325 / Year|
|Off campus (with family), Other Expenses||$2,275 / Year|
|Middle States Commission on Higher Education|
|Program Wise Accreditations|
|Arts Programs||National Association of Schools of Art and Design|
|Total Faculty||Full Time||Part time||Graduate Assistants|
*All distance are measured radially. Actual distance may vary