Campus update: While we've worked hard to preserve the possibility that students could return, the remainder of the spring semester will be conducted online. Staff will work remotely until at least April 20. See the Coronavirus / COVID-19 Updates page.

Coronavirus Response

Our objective: to protect the health and safety of the Cooper Union community while working to minimize any contribution to the spread of the virus and enable our faculty, staff, and students to continue their work to the greatest extent possible.

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Laura Sparks

As we begin this next week of being together while apart, I want to emphasize this: This time we are living through is hard. No two of us are processing it quite the same. Let’s be mindful of that… let’s be patient with one another and sensitive to others’ experiences… and let’s take turns being sources of joy and strength. I look forward to seeing and hearing from you this week. Stay well.

NEW CONFIRMED CASE OF COVID-19: A student has reported a presumptive positive case of COVID-19. The student has not been on campus since March 12, therefore the people the student was in contact with at Cooper are now beyond the recommended isolation period.

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  • Important Policy Updates for Online Learning
  • The remainder of the spring semester will be conducted online.
  • Registration deadlines for Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 have been extended to May 1. (New dates: April 21–May 1.)
  • All campus events, including Commencement, Senior Shows, the End of Year Show, and public programs, are canceled through May 31. We are working to reschedule senior shows and commencement.
  • Buildings & offices are closed except for key personnel 



  • 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.