Cooper Union Ranks #1 Nationally

December 20, 2010



Kaplan has been partnering with Newsweek since 1996 to compile a college guide that provides insights on current admissions trends and key features of campus life.

The Fall 2010 Guide has hit the shelves and we’re pleased to report that The Cooper Union is ranked the Number One Most Desirable Small School in the country!

Cooper was also ranked Number Five on the Most Desirable Urban Schools list and Number Seven in the overall Most Desirable Schools list in this comprehensive survey. The rankings recognize such things as quality of teaching, the overall achievement of students both before and after their college experience, location, cultural life on campus and other related issues effecting the quality of education and experience available at any given institution.

  • 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.