Meet Our Supporters

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Our donors comprise a diverse group of individuals who are passionate about advancing the mission of this extraordinary institution. These generous supporters include alumni, students, faculty, parents and members of the global community. They are united by a strong connection to Cooper and a deep commitment to ensuring the strength and longevity of the institution. Explore this section to learn more about their remarkable connections to the college.

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.