Academic Calendars

The Cooper Union for The Advancement of Science and Art operates within a two semester calendar (fall and spring). Most classes are scheduled Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. We offer a limited summer session with courses typically provided in Math, Physics, and Engineering.

Normal business hours are:
Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

From early June through Labor Day, Cooper Union operates under a summer schedule:
Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.

2015 - 2016 Academic Calendar

2014-2015 Academic Calendar

August 26TuesdayMove-in day for Residence Hall
August 26 - September 1Tuesday-MondayNew student orientation
September 1MondayLabor Day (Staff Holiday)
September 2TuesdayFall semester classes begin. NOTE: TUESDAY CLASSES MEET
September 9TuesdayThere will be a $25 fee for Dropping classes after this date
September 9TuesdayFall Festival (School in Session)
November 25TuesdayNOTE: MODIFIED SCHEDULE; THURSDAY CLASSES MEET
November 26WednesdayNOTE: MODIFIED SCHEDULE; FRIDAY CLASSES MEET
November 18 - November 24Tuesday-MondayRegistration for Spring 2015 classes
November 27 - November 30Thursday-SundayThanksgiving (Staff Holiday)
December 10WednesdayLast day of HSS and Engineering Classes
December 11-17Thursday-WednesdayAll architecture and art classes/crits continue in their regularly assigned rooms/spaces.  Final Exams for HSS and Engineering.
December 17WednesdayLast day of Fall 2014 semester
December 18 - January 19Thursday-MondayWinter recess; all schools
December 24 - January 4Wednesday-SundayStaff Holiday
January 5MondayAdministrative Offices reopen. All grades are due in the Office of Admissions and Records before noon
January 19MondayMartin Luther King Jr.’s birthday (Staff Holiday)
January 20TuesdaySpring semester classes begin.  NOTE: MODIFIED SCHEDULE; MONDAY CLASSES MEET
January 28WednesdayThere will be a $25 fee for Dropping classes after this date
February 11WednesdayNOTE: MODIFIED SCHEDULE; FRIDAY CLASSES MEET
February 13-16Friday-MondayFounder’s Day/President’s Day (Staff Holiday)
March 14-22Saturday-SundaySpring recess (administrative offices remain open)
April 21-24Tuesday-FridayRegistration for Fall 2015 classes
May 6WednesdayLast day of HSS and Engineering Classes
May 7-13Thursday-WednesdayAll architecture and art classes/crits continue in their regularly assigned rooms/spaces.  Final Exams for HSS and Engineering.
May 13WednesdayLast day of Spring 2015 semester
May 14ThursdaySenior grades due in the Office of Admissions and Records before 4:00 p.m.
May 18MondayAll non-senior grades are due in the Office of Admissions and Records before 4:00 p.m.
May 25MondayMemorial Day (Staff Holiday)
May 26TuesdayCommencement rehearsal; annual student exhibition opens
May 27WednesdayCommencement
July 2ThursdayIndependence Day Celebrated (Staff Holiday)

 

2015 - 2016 Academic Calendar

August 25TuesdayMove-in day for Residence Hall
August 25- August 30Tuesday-SundayNew student orientation
August 31MondayFall semester classes begin
September 4FridayNo classes (Staff off for summer hours)
September 7MondayLabor Day (Staff Holiday)
September 8TuesdayFall Festival (school in session)
September 14MondayThere will be a $25 fee for Dropping classes after this date
October 12MondayFall Breather (no classes, administrative offices remain open)
October 13TuesdayNOTE: FRIDAY CLASSES MEET
October 14WednesdayNOTE: MONDAY CLASSES MEET
November 26-29Thursday-SundayThanksgiving (Staff Holiday)
November 30- December 4Monday-FridayRegistration for Spring 2016 classes
December 7-11Monday-FridayLast HSS/Engineering Classes
December 14-18Monday-FridayLast meeting times for all architecture and art classes/crits. These continue in their regularly assigned rooms/spaces. Final Exams for HSS and Engineering
December 18FridayLast day of Fall 2015 semester
December 19- January 18Saturday-MondayWinter recess; all schools
December 23- January 3Wednesday-SundayStaff Holiday
January 4MondayAdministrative Offices reopen. All grades are due in the Office of Admissions and Records before Noon
January 18MondayMartin Luther King Jr.’s birthday (Staff Holiday)
January 19TuesdaySpring semester classes begin. NOTE: MODIFIED SCHEDULE; MONDAY CLASSES MEET
January 27WednesdayThere will be a $25 fee for Dropping classes after this date
February 12-15Friday-MondayFounder’s Day/President’s Day (Staff Holiday)
March 12-20Saturday-SundaySpring recess (administrative offices remain open)
April 19-22Tuesday-FridayRegistration for Fall 2016 classes
April 27WednesdayLast HSS/Engineering Wednesday Classes
April 28ThursdayLast HSS/Engineering Thursday Classes
May 2MondayLast HSS/Engineering Monday Classes
May 3TuesdayLast HSS/Engineering Tuesday Classes
May 6FridayLast HSS/Engineering Friday Classes
May 4, 5, 9, 10, 11Wednesday, Thursday, Monday-WednesdayLast meeting times for all architecture and art classes/crits. These continue in their regularly assigned rooms/spaces. Final Exams for HSS and Engineering
May 11WednesdayNOTE: FRIDAY CLASSES, EXAMS AND CRITS MEET
May 11WednesdayLast day of Spring 2016 semester
May 12ThursdaySenior grades due in the Office of Admissions and Records before 4:00 p.m.
May 16MondayAll non-senior grades are due in the Office of Admissions and Records before 4:00 p.m.
May 23MondayCommencement rehearsal; annual student exhibition opens
May 24TuesdayCommencement
May 30MondayMemorial Day (Staff Holiday)
July 4MondayIndependence Day Celebrated (Staff Holiday)

 

  • 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.