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Applying to Cooper Union

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Application Deadlines for the 2020/2021 Academic Year

Application deadlines are the same for all undergraduate programs in the art, architecture and engineering schools, as below. The deadline for Master of Science in Architecture is the same as the undergraduate deadline, Thursday, January 30, 2020. The deadline for the Master of Engineering application is Monday, March 30, 2020.


Early Decision: Monday, December 2, 2020

Regular Decision: Thursday, January 30, 2020


Master of Science in Architecture: Thursday, January 30, 2020

Master of Engineering: Monday, March 30, 2020

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.