We have determined that the Cooper Union's academic buildings are safe to open this morning, March 27. We are now exchanging fresh air in the buildings to address a residual odor of smoke. We will delay opening until 10 a.m. Any classes scheduled to meet at 9 a.m. and go beyond 10 a.m. should plan to meet in their regularly assigned classrooms at 10 a.m.

CBS News Features Emilie Gossiaux, Graduating School of Art Senior

May 27, 2014

Emilie Gossiaux, who graduates from the School of Art this year, has been featured in a news story shown on CBS New York on Friday. The spot recounts her remarkable story as someone born with a hearing impairment and who, while a senior at The Cooper Union in 2010, was blinded in a street accident. After recuperating she returned in 2013 to complete her degree. "It's really unbelievable, almost," she says in the interview. You can read more about Emilie here.


  • 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.