Applying to Cooper Union

Application Information and Instructions

Please Note: The First Year application for Fall 2019 is now available! Apply to Cooper Union now! The Transfer Application for Fall 2019 will be available in mid or late August 2018. Spring admission is only available for Early Decision School of Art Transfer applicants. Cooper Union does not offer summer admission.

First Year



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 2019 Applications

  • School of Architecture: November 1, 2018
  • School of Engineering: December 3, 2018
  • School of Art:
        Spring 2019 ED Transfer App: November 1, 2018
        Fall 2019 ED First Year & Transfer App: December 3, 2018*

Regular Decision for Fall 2019 Applications

  • School of Architecture: January 7, 2019
  • School of Art: January 7, 2019
  • School of Engineering: January 7, 2019 

Applicants are welcome to submit additional, OPTIONAL materials such as a résumé, abstract for a research paper, ZeeMee profile, and so forth. You may include this additional information as part of your Common Application or email it to We look forward to getting to know you!

*Transfer applicants to the School of Art may apply Early Decision. On the Common Application, you will first need to select 'Regular Decision' for your Decision Plan. After you make this selection and indicate that you are applying to the School of Art, a question will generate asking if you would like to apply Early Decision as a transfer student. To apply Early Decision to the School of Art as a transfer student, you will select 'Yes' and follow the subsequent prompts. Please contact the Office of Admissions at or 212-353-4120 with any questions or concerns.

**Hometest & Studio Test: Early Decision applicants to the School of Architecture and/or School of Art will be sent a studio test or Hometest, respectively, in December. Regular Decision applicants to the School of Architecture and/or School of Art will be sent a studio test or Hometest, respectively, in January. This must be completed within one month of receipt. The Hometest and studio test will be sent to all applicants via email on the same day after the online application deadline. We highly recommend that you add to your email address book to prevent important emails from going to spam.

Graduate Deadlines

Please Note: The Fall 2018 Master of Architecture II and Master of Engineering applications are now closed. The Fall 2019 graduate applications will be available September 2018.

Fall 2019 Masters Applications

  • Master of Architecture II: Deadlines TBD (Fall 2018 Deadline was January 7, 2018)
  • Master of Engineering: March 29, 2019
  • 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.