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Summer Writing Program

College Writing Is Different from High School Writing— Why Not Get a Jump Start?

This summer, The Cooper Union is offering a unique opportunity to get a head start on one of the most important aspects of your college career: writing and thinking at the college level.

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The Cooper Union Summer Writing Program prepares you for college by giving you the writing and thinking tools you need. This three-week course is designed for students graduating from high school in 2020 or 2021. It’s offered live on the Cooper Union campus and online in a real-time virtual class. Participants who complete all assigned work and attend all sessions earn a Certificate of Completion

Why a Summer Writing Program? When you move from high school to college, expectations change. That’s what makes college exciting and challenging, but it can also be intimidating. In college writing courses, the old formulas no longer apply, and it isn’t enough to show that you understand the basic events or themes in a text. You’re expected to read closely and write analytically in order to make an argument. Even accomplished high school writers can struggle when asked to write in a new way; less confident writers may feel overwhelmed. But when you have the necessary techniques and approaches, college-level writing can be exhilarating, not daunting. The Cooper Union Summer Writing Program gives you the skills you need. 

How It Works: The best way to learn to write more effectively is to learn new approaches, practice them, and receive feedback. Our classes provide a rigorous and supportive environment that makes this possible: both the in-person and online classes have a seminar format that combines discussion with hands-on reading and writing. Classes meet Monday-Thursday during the week, with optional special topics workshop intensives on Fridays. All classes are kept small so each student receives extensive individual attention. Online classes take place in a real-time virtual classroom that lets students interact with each other and the instructor and receive immediate feedback.

What you’ll learn:

  • How to approach challenging texts with confidence
  • How to use writing to generate and develop ideas
  • How to move from the five-paragraph essay format
  • How to develop arguments and support them with evidence
  • How to write more clearly and effectively


Cooper Union’s Unique Approach

The Summer Writing Program is modeled on the unique work we do at Cooper Union. Our approaches are designed for students with diverse learning styles and are effective both for students who don’t identify as writers and for those who enjoy writing. It’s effective for students across all interests and potential majors.

The Facts

  On Campus Online
Start / End Dates July 6 - July 23 July 6 - July 23
Weekly Mondays to Thursdays with optional Friday workshop Mondays to Thursdays with optional Friday workshop
Daily Schedule Four hours: two in the morning and two in the afternoon* Real-time class meets 12-2 EDT. Each student participates in a one-on-one conference with the instructor 1x/week for 15 minutes outside of classtime
Location 41 Cooper Square Wherever you are
Class Size Maximum of 10 students Maximum of 8 students
Instruction Experienced college instructors Experienced college instructors
Tuition $2500 $1750
Deposit of $500 Due June 1 Due June 1
Full Payment** Due June 15 Due June 15

There are two sections: Section A meets 10-12 & 1-3. Section B meets 11-1 & 2-4.  We will do our best to accommodate section requests. 

**Pay in full by June 1st to receive a 10% tuition reduction.

To sign up see the registration and payment page.

Questions? See the FAQ or write to or call 212.353.4018

  • 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.