Frequently Asked Questions
Please keep in mind that these statistics may change at any time. The numbers stated here reflect those of Fall 2016.
For the convenience of our visitors, we've gathered the most frequently asked questions about the admissions process at Cooper Union. If your question is not addressed below, feel free to e-mail your question to email@example.com.
- How many students attend The Cooper Union?
- What is the size of a freshman class?
- What classes should I be taking in high school to better prepare myself for The Cooper Union?
- Which Advanced Placement (AP) examinations can I receive credit for?
- How much does it really cost to attend The Cooper Union?
- What clubs and activities are offered at The Cooper Union?
Applying to Cooper Union
- How many students apply and how many of those are accepted?
- When are applications due?
- What does "Early Decision" really mean?
- What are the requirements for international students to apply to The Cooper Union?
- What tests and documents do I need to apply to The Cooper Union?
- Are all students required to submit SAT Subject Test scores?
- Does Cooper accept the GED?
- What is the School of Art Hometest?
- What is the School of Architecture Studio Test?
- What is the School of Engineering Writing Supplement?
- What is a portfolio? Do I need one?
- What is ZeeMee and is it required?
- Does The Cooper Union accept transfer students? What do they need to apply?
- How are transfer credits reviewed?
- Can I apply to more than one school at The Cooper Union?
Learn More About Cooper Union
- When can I visit The Cooper Union?
- Internships and Career Development
- Further requests for information
Approximately 900-950, which includes about 150 in The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, 270 in The School of Art, and 450 in The Albert Nerken School of Engineering. We also have about 40 students in our graduate engineering program and 10 in our graduate architecture program.
About 30 in Architecture, 65 in Art and 120-140 in Engineering.
In 2016, The Cooper Union received 2,654 first-year applications; 344 students were admitted (13%) and 215 of those students accepted our offer (63%). The School of Architecture received 612 applications; 24 students were admitted (4%) and 22 of those accepted our offer (92%). The School of Art received 900 applications; 74 students were admitted (8%) and 62 of those students accepted our offer (84%). The School of Engineering received 1,141 applications; 246 students were admitted (22%) and 131 of those students accepted our offer (53%).
The deadlines for submitting Part I of your application for Fall 2018 undergraduate admission are as follows:
Early Decision is available to undergraduate Architecture, Art and Engineering applicants. Applicants whose first choice is The Cooper Union might consider applying Early Decision. Early Decision applications are reviewed earlier than Regular Decision applications. If offered Early Decision admission, you must agree to enroll at The Cooper Union and withdraw your applications to all other colleges. For Architecture applicants, the deadline to apply Early Decision for Fall 2018 is November 1, 2017 For Engineering and Art applicants, the deadline to apply Early Decision for Fall 2018 is December 1, 2017. If you are not accepted under the Early Decision process, you may be reconsidered during the Regular Decision process. Although most applicants are "rolled-over" into the regular decision pool, re-evaluation is not guaranteed.
Transfer applicants to the School of Art may apply early decision. On the Common Application, transfer applicants will need to first select 'Regular Decision' for their Decision Plan. After making this selection and indicating they are applying to the School of Art, applicants will see a question that asks if they are interested in applying Early Decision to the School of Art as a transfer student. To apply Early Decision to the School of Art, transfer applicants will select 'Yes' and follow the subsequent prompts. Please contact the Office of Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-353-4120 with any questions or concerns.
Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture Applicants:
School of Art Applicants:
Albert Nerken School of Engineering Applicants:
· Common Application (Engineering applicants must select a major when applying)
· $75 nonrefundable application fee
· Official high school transcript(s)
· SAT /ACT score(s)
· Two SAT Subject Test scores- one in Mathematics (Level 1 or 2) AND one in Physics or Chemistry
· Completed Writing Supplement
· 2-3 Recommendation Letters
Under certain circumstances, we will waive the SAT/ACT requirement. Generally, only transfer students and/or non-traditional students' requests to waive the standardized testing requirement are considered. You must be able to prove you have had at least one year of college-level math and college-level English to apply for the waiver. The Admissions staff will then consider your request and notify you if you can waive the SAT/ACT requirement. Please click here to submit the Standardized Test Waiver Form.
All Engineering applicants must submit two SAT Subject Test scores. One must be in Math (Level 1 or 2) and the other must be in either Physics or Chemistry. Architecture and Art applicants are not required to submit SAT Subject Test scores.
The Cooper Union will accept the GED (General Equivalency Diploma) in lieu of the high school diploma.
The School of Art Hometest consists of a number of visual projects to be completed in approximately 3-4 weeks and returned to The Cooper Union for review. The Hometest contains its own instructions to be followed explicitly, including portfolio submission. The Hometest is sent to all School of Art applicants via email on the same day after the online application deadline (December for Early Decision; January for Regular Decision). There is a different Hometest for Early Decision and Regular Decision applicants. All Hometest and portfolio materials must be submitted in the same box (exact box size will be indicated on the Hometest).
The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture Studio Test consists of a number of visual projects to be completed in approximately 3-4 weeks and returned to The Cooper Union for review. The Studio Test contains its own instructions to be followed explicitly. The Studio Test is sent to all School of Architecture applicants via email on the same day after the online application deadline (December for Early Decision; January for Regular Decision). All Studio Test materials must be submitted in the same envelope (exact envelope size will be indicated on the Studio Test).
The Albert Nerken School of Engineering Writing Supplement consists of a number of short answer questions to be completed within about one week after the application deadline (December 8, 2017 for Early Decision applicants; January 17, 2018 for Regular Decision applicants) and returned to The Cooper Union for review. The Writing Supplement can be accessed through your Common Application account. You may submit your application first and then submit your Writing Supplement at a later date (please see deadlines above). Completed Writing Supplements should be submitted directly through the Common Application. The Writing Supplement allows the admissions committee to get to know Engineering applicants beyond their test scores and transcripts.
Please Note: If you submit your Common Application as an Art or Architecture applicant and wish to submit an additional application to Engineering, you will not be able to access the School of Engineering Writing Supplement via the Common App. Instead, once the Office of Admissions receives your Additional Application(s) Form indicating that you wish to apply to the School of Engineering, we will send you a confirmation email containing a link to the Writing Supplement questions. Please contact the Office of Admissions at 212-353-4120 or email@example.com if you have any questions or concerns regarding this process.
First Year and Transfer School of Art applicants and School of Architecture transfer applicants must submit a portfolio of work for review with their Hometest or Studio Test, respectively. A portfolio is a collection of a cross-section of your best recent work. It should include enough pieces (generally ten to twenty pieces) to demonstrate your degree of interest. Art applicants are encouraged to include sketchbooks. All pieces should fit into an envelope of which the requirements will be outlined in the Hometest or studio test. Art applicants are encouraged to attend one of five portfolio review days in the fall at The Cooper Union or one of the National Portfolio Days which we attend.
In an effort to get-to-know our applicants, we have partnered with ZeeMee, a free service that helps students bring their application to life. As part of a holistic review process, we are committed to learning about you! To share your ZeeMee profile with Cooper Union, you can simply copy and paste your link into your Common Application. Please note, submitting a ZeeMee profile is completely optional (Seriously, we mean it! It's truly optional!) and evaluation of your admissions application will not be delayed as long as all materials are received by the stated deadlines.
The Cooper Union admits a limited number of transfer students. Transfer applicants in Architecture and Art are required to submit the following: official high school and college transcripts, a portfolio, and a completed Studio Test or Hometest, respectively. Transfer Engineering applicants must submit high school and college transcripts and respond to a list of essay questions (Engineering Writing Supplement). Please click here for more information on the definition of a transfer student.
Transfer credits are reviewed on an individual basis only upon admission to The Cooper Union. Courses taken at the college level are evaluated by the department at Cooper Union for which you seek transfer credit. For example, if you seek transfer credit for a math course, the Math Department at Cooper Union will evaluate your transcript and decide if credit will be granted. We recommend holding onto all syllabi, reading lists, and work from the courses you wish to receive transfer credit.
Yes! Students are able to apply to more than one school at Cooper Union. First, you must submit your Common Application where you will select one academic program to apply to. After submitting your Common Application, you are permitted to apply to another school using the Additional Application(s) Form. Please note that you may only apply to one Engineering major within the School of Engineering. For each additional application, you are required to submit the $75 nonrefundable application fee. If you already submitted an application fee waiver with your Common Application, you do not need to submit another fee waiver.
Please Note: If you submit your Common Application as an Art or Architecture applicant and wish to submit an additional application to Engineering, you will not be able to access the School of Engineering Writing Supplement via the Common App. Instead, once the Office of Admissions receives your Additional Application(s) Form indicating that you wish to apply to the School of Engineering, we will send you a confirmation email containing a link to the Writing Supplement. Please contact the Office of Admissions at 212-353-4120 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or concerns regarding this process.
The Cooper Union welcomes visitors to campus throughout the year. To view and register for upcoming tours or events, please click here.
All applicants should take a well-rounded high school program, preferably in advanced coursework (e.g. AP, IB, Honors Level, etc). Engineering students should also be well prepared in calculus, chemistry and physics. Art and architecture applicants should take visual art classes (drawing, painting, design, sculpture, etc). Architecture applicants should have at taken pre-calculus prior to entering Cooper Union. In addition, all students should take courses that provide a solid grounding in the liberal arts, which is a basis for your humanities and social science study at Cooper Union.
Please refer to our Standardized Testing & AP Credit Policy website for more information.
Tuition for the 2015–2016 academic year is $40,800 ($20,400 per semester).
All incoming students receive a half-tuition scholarship. The value of this scholarship for the 2015-2016 academic year is $20,400 per year ($10,200 per semester). Additional financial aid will be provided to eligible students to help cover tuition, housing, food, books, supplies, etc. The amount of additional aid will be based upon a student’s demonstrated financial need. Students must file a FAFSA form to be considered for additional financial aid. Please note that Cooper Union will also offer merit scholarships to exceptional students. Cooper Union will continue to use a need-blind admissions process meaning that a student's ability to pay will not impact our admissions decisions. For more information regarding Financial Aid at The Cooper Union, please click here.
Cooper Union students are responsible for living and miscellaneous expenses. Please click here to access our Budget Guide, which provides a more detailed description and estimate of these additional expenses.
The Cooper Union offers a variety of clubs and organizations to its students including: Literary and Performance Groups; Greek Organizations; Professional and Honor Societies; Recreational Sports; Religious Clubs; and Ethnic Organizations. In addition, The Cooper Union Athletic Program offers Varsity sports in Women’s and Men’s Basketball; Women’s and Men’s Volleyball; Women’s and Men’s Tennis; Soccer; and Cross Country. Please visit our Student Services Web site for more information.
The Center for Career Development offers effective programs and resources to an array of populations associated with The Cooper Union community, including students, employers, alumni, faculty and staff. The Center encourages creative partnerships and practical resource sharing within the Institution and with complementary external organizations.
If you have specific questions, you can e-mail us at email@example.com or call our office between the hours of 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time at 212-353-4120.
Prospective students who wish to join the Office of Admission's mailing list may click here to submit our online inquiry card.
The Office of Admissions is located at 30 Cooper Square, 3rd Floor, New York, New York 10003.