Visit Cooper Union

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Please note: The Offices of Admissions, Records and Registrar, and Financial Aid are located on the 3rd Floor of 30 Cooper Square. 

Regular business hours are 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. We are closed on weekends. Beginning Friday, June 12th, summer hours will take effect. Summer hours, through Labor Day weekend, are Monday through Thursday, 9 am to 5:15 pm, and closed Friday through Sunday. 


The School of Architecture hosts small group tours during the academic year. Pre-registration is required for these tours. Please contact The School of Architecture Office at (212) 353-4220 or to register and for further information.


The School of Art will host tours on Tuesdays at noon during the summer. Tours will meet at the Foundation Building at 7 East 7th Street. Space on tours is limited and registration is required. You may sign up for tours here

The Cooper Union actively participates in events sponsored by The National Portfolio Day Association across the US and Canada. You can view a list of the events Cooper Union representatives will attend for the 2015-2016 school year here

The School of Art also hosts on-campus portfolio reviews in the fall. These open houses are the best time to visit the School of Art. 

Portfolio Reviews will be held on Cooper Union's campus on the following dates:

- Friday, November 6th

- Friday, November 13th

- Friday, November 20th

- Friday, December 4th

Registration for on-campus Portfolio Reviews will open in early September. You may register for as many of the dates as you wish.

If, due to religious observance, you are unable to attend a portfolio review on a Friday afternoon/evening, we can make alternative arrangements for you. Please contact us at in September

You are encouraged to bring your sketchbook and other original pieces, rather than a laptop, flash drive, etc. We cannot guarantee access to Wi-Fi for you. 

We welcome you to visit our events and exhibitions as well, which are open to the public unless otherwise specified.


The School of Engineering hosts small tours for prospective engineering students and their families. Registration is required. For information and to register, please visit the engineering tour calendar. Summer tours willtake place on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at 11 am. Online registration is now available.

Teachers and counselors who would like to arrange a small group tour for students seriously interested in engineering may email Abby Davis at

If you have any questions about the application process or to register for the tours, please e-mail

  • 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.