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Application Information and Instructions

Please Note: The Cooper Union will be using the Common Application for Fall 2015 undergraduate admission. The Fall 2015 undergraduate application is now closed. The Fall 2016 application will be available in early August!

The Fall 2015 graduate applications are now available. Please click here to apply.

First Year

SAT I or ACT scores are required for all first-year applicants. First year students applying to the School of Engineering are also required to submit two SAT Subject Tests: Math I or Math II; and Physics or Chemistry. 



Non-Matriculating Student Programs

Undergraduate Deadlines

The Cooper Union uses the Common Application as its undergraduate application. The Office of Admissions treats every application in the same manner, whether it is submitted electronically or on paper.

Early Decision for Fall 2015 Applications

  • School of Art: December 1, 2014*
  • School of Engineering: December 1, 2014

Regular Decision for Fall 2015 Applications

  • School of Architecture: January 12, 2015
  • School of Art: January 12, 2015*
  • School of Engineering: January 12, 2015

*Transfer applicants to the School of Art may apply Early Decision. However, this application option is not available online. To apply Early Decision as a transfer, complete the online application before the December 1, 2014 deadline. The Office of Admissions will then follow up with you via email.

**Home Test & Studio Test: Regular Decision applicants to the School of Architecture and/or School of Art will be sent a studio test or home test, respectively, in January. Early Decision applicants to the School of Art will receive a home test in December. This must be completed within one month of receipt. The home test and studio test will be sent to all applicants via email on the same day after the online application deadline.

Graduate Deadlines

Please Note: Click here to access the Fall 2015 graduate applications.


  • Master of Architecture II: March 2, 2015
  • Master of Engineering: April 1, 2015 (for full time study)
  • Master of Engineering: May 6, 2015 (for part time study)
  • 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.