Cooper Union in Top Five 2018 "Colleges That Pay You Back"

January 17, 2018

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The Cooper Union has been ranked #5 in the 2018 Colleges That Pay You Back guidebook. Subtitled The 200 Schools That Give You the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck, the annual list is compiled by The Princeton Review of "the colleges we consider the nation's best for academics, affordability, and career prospects. Students who attend these schools don't have to mortgage their futures to pay for their degrees—and we believe they will graduate with great career prospects."

The 2018 rankings are based on data collected from fall 2016 through fall 2017 via institutional and student surveys and from PayScale.com on alumni career and salary statistics, weighing more than 40 data points covering academics, costs, financial aid, debt, grad rates, and career/salary data.

  • 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.