Welcome to The Cooper Union!

We are thrilled that you have chosen to attend Cooper, and we welcome you to the Cooper community. This web page is for incoming undergraduate, First Year and Transfer, students for Fall 2017.

You will find a timeline below which details specific forms, applications, etc. that must be submitted by their respective deadlines to ensure your registration. Failure to adhere to these deadlines may result in fines. Please contact the Office of Admissions with any questions or concerns at 212-353-4120 or admissions@cooper.edu. Be sure to check this web page often for updates and additional information.

Page Content Quick Links

New Student Forms
First Year Housing
Orientation and Classes
Tuition Payments/Billing
Contact Us

New Student Forms

Early Decision

Regular Decision


Attend Admitted Students Day
Thursday, April 13, 2017

Please join us at Admitted Students on Thursday, April 13, 2017. For additional information about ASD and to register for the event, please click here.

Submit your Deposit

Submit online or mail all of the below to Office of Admissions, 30 Cooper Square, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10003:

  1. Early Decision Acceptance Form OR Regular Decision Acceptance/Decline Form
  2. Nonrefundable deposit for $925. Deposit Payment Options:
    • To pay online via Credit Card, Debit Card or E-Check, please click here.
    • Checks should be made payable to The Cooper Union. (See our budget guide).
    • To wire your deposit electronically, please use our Flywire service
  3. Citizenship Status Verification Form

Student Health Insurance
JUNE 2017

The Cooper Union requires that all students show proof of and maintain healthcare coverage. International students are required to purchase The Cooper Union Student Health Insurance. You will receive details about this in June. In the meantime, you may view details at cirstudenthealth.com/cooper. We estimate the health insurance cost at $1,500. Note that all students must be covered by health insurance before attending class in the fall.

Student Health Forms 

Student Health Forms are required by law and must be returned to The Cooper Union on time. For questions regarding the health forms, please contact Lisa Ng at 212-353-4116.

Students requesting accommodations, academic or otherwise, due to a documented disability, should contact the Dean of Students, Christopher Chamberlin, at chamber@cooper.edu as soon as possible to begin planning for your needs on campus.

Submit Proof of Graduation

Send your final OFFICIAL transcript from high school or any college. Final transcripts may be submitted via the Common App or mailed directly to Office of Admissions, 30 Cooper Square, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10003.

Please Note: All official transcripts must be translated into English with the date of graduation clearly indicated. An official transcript includes a signature from a school official and a school stamp/seal.

International Student Fee (If Applicable)

If you are an International Student – neither a citizen nor a permanent resident – you are required to pay an additional International Student Fee of $1,005 per semester to be paid prior to August 15, 2017. Please note: All fees are subject to change pending the Board of Trustees meeting in the spring semester.

Pay Your Tuition Bill

Please check your cooper.edu email address for information on how to access and pay your bill.

Methods of payment

Payment Plans

Orientation and Moving to New York City

Save the date! Move-In Day and New Student Orientation begin Sunday, August 27, 2017. 

Read the letter to new students from Dean of Students Chris Chamberlin. You can find more information about Orientation on the Student Affairs page.

If you are interested in living in the Cooper Union Residence Hall, please read through the Residence Hall FAQ.

The 2017-2018 housing application application can be found here. The priority deadline for housing was Friday, May 5, 2017. Any student interested in living in the Student Residence Hall should apply immediately using the link above and also contact the Office of Housing and Residential Education at 212-353-4099 or via e-mail at reslife@cooper.edu

Attend your First Day of Class

Fall semester courses begin Tuesday, September 5, 2017. Click here for the 2017-2018 Academic Calendar.

Stay in Touch

Additional Resources and Contact Information

Office of Admissions - 212-353-4120 or admissions@cooper.edu
Office of Financial Aid - 212-353-4113 or financialaid@cooper.edu
Office of Student Affairs - 212-353-4116
Housing & Residential Education - 212-353-4099 or rgambino@cooper.edu
Center for Career Development - 212-353-4377
Registrar - 212-353-4125

Read the letter to new students from Dean of Students Chris Chamberlin

For information regarding the Albert Nerken School of Engineering, please refer to our School of Engineering Contact List.

For questions regarding tuition payments or Student Health Insurance, or to waive your Student Health Insurance, please contact the Student Account Managers at bursar@cooper.edu, 212-353-4154 or 212-353-4396.

For questions regarding health forms please contact Eric Conley at econley@cooper.edu or 212-353-4116.

Please review the following:

Cooper Union Safety, Security and Fire Safety Report
Code of Conduct

Letter to New Students

  • 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.