Cooper's Design School Ranked in the Top 15 Worldwide

November 30, 2012

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Business Insider, a business news site, ranks The Cooper Union as one of the "World's 25 Best Design Schools," putting it at number fifteen.  Based on a poll that includes art directors and product designers, participants ranked the value of each school's design program, putting Cooper Union ahead of such institutions as New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design.

"The School of Art has often been the epicenter of design," says Steven Lam, Associate Dean of the School of Art, citing such graduates as Milton Glaser and Herb Lubalin.  "We've always been on the map. But what's interesting in this context is we are such a small school compared to MIT or Parsons which also appear on the list."

See the complete ranking here.

  • 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.