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.

Applying to Cooper Union

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Two-Year Test Optional Pilot Program And Update on High School Grading Practices

Application Deadlines for the 2020/2021 Academic Year


Early Decision:

  • The Albert School of Engineering: Sunday, November 1, 2020
  • The School of Art and The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture: Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Regular Decision for all three schools: Tuesday, January 5, 2021


Master of Science in Architecture: tbd

Master of Engineering: Monday, February 15, 2021

Instructions for Application

The Cooper Union uses the Common Application as its undergraduate application form. Additional materials are required, as indicated on the pages below.

First Year



Non-Matriculating Student Programs


  • 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.