The campus remains closed with all summer courses being conducted online and staff working remotely. Classes will resume on August 31, 2020 for the fall semester. For updates on campus operations, both virtual and in person, for the fall semester, please see the Fall 2020 Info Hub page.

Past Communications

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Fall 2020 Student Life Update -- June 29 --The Student Affairs Team

Fall Updates from the School of Art -- June 23 ;-- ;Mike Essl, dean, and ;Adriana Farmiga, associate dean, School of Art

Fall 2020 School of Architecture Message -- June 22 -- Nader Tehrani, dean, and Hayley Eber, assistant dean, The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture

Fall Semester in the School of Engineering -- June 22 ;-- Barry Shoop, dean, Albert Nerken School of Engineering

Fall 2020 Plans -- June 20, 2020

For the Faculty & Staff Regarding the Fall 2020 Semester -- June 20, 2020

30-day CARES Act Fund Report -- June 18 -- Financial Aid Office

Reflecting on the Semester and Looking Ahead -- May 22 -- Laura Sparks, president

Holidays, Summer Hours, and Fall Planning -- May 22 -- Natalie Brooks, Chief Talent Officer

Emergency COVID-19-Related Funding for Students -- May 5 -- Student Financial Services 

Video Message -- April 22 -- Laura Sparks, president

Online Registration for Summer & Fall 2020 -- April 22 -- Office of Enrollment

Enhanced Cooper Union Medical and Retirement Plan Benefits -- April 14 -- Human Resources Dept.

Video Message -- April 13 -- Laura Sparks, president

Looking Beyond the Pandemic: Lessons, Translations, and Projections -- April 12 -- Nader Tehrani, dean, The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture

Video Message -- April 6 -- Laura Sparks, president

Student Emergency Grant Fund -- April 3 -- Chris Chamberlin, dean of students

Self-care Tips to Lower Stress -- April 2 -- Safety Committee

Continuing Our Journey Together -- March 30 -- Barry Shoop, dean, Albert Nerken School of Engineering

Policy Updates for Online Learning -- March 30 -- Enrollment Office

Message from Laura Sparks (video) -- March 30

COVID-19 Update -- March 30 -- Nader Tehrani, dean, The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture

School of Art: Commencement, Senior Shows, etc. -- March 27 -- Mike Essl, dean, School of Art

General Update -- March 27 -- Safety Committee

IT Resources for Faculty & New Library Resources -- March 24 -- IT & Lisa Norberg, acting director of the library

COVID-19 Update -- March 23 -- Nader Tehrani, dean, The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture

International Students FAQ Update  -- March 23 -- Hala Alkasm, assistant director of international advisement

General Update -- March 23 -- Safety Committee

Residence Hall Update -- March 21 -- Chris Chamberlin, dean of students

Building Access Prior to Mandatory Shut-Down -- March 20

General Update -- March 20 -- Safety Committee

Residence Hall Update -- March 18 -- Chris Chamberlin, dean of students

Update for Students -- March 18 -- Laura Sparks, president

Update for Faculty & Staff -- March 18 -- Laura Sparks, president

Admissions for 2020 -- March 18 -- Mark Campbell, vice president for enrollment

Reimagining Pedagogy in the Age of COVID-19 -- March 16 -- Nader Tehrani, dean, The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture

Payroll Changes -- March 16 -- Tashay Gilbert, payroll manager

Student Counseling -- March 16 -- Cassandra Jolicoeur, student care coordinator

Community Case Confirmed -- March 16 -- Laura Sparks, president

Remote Work, Buildings Closed -- March 13 -- Laura Sparks, president

Student Care Resources -- March 12 -- Chris Chamberlin, dean of students

Schedule & Building Hours Details -- March 11 -- Safety Committee

New Academic Schedule --  March 11 -- Laura Sparks, president

Travel Advisory & Form -- March 10 -- Safety Committee

Update -- March 9 -- Laura Sparks, president

Update -- March 2 -- Safety Committee

Update -- January 29

  • 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.