Campus update: While we've worked hard to preserve the possibility that students could return, the remainder of the spring semester will be conducted online. Staff will work remotely until at least April 20. See the Coronavirus / COVID-19 Updates page.

Application & Deadlines



Three week session: Student is a 9th grader during the 2019-2020 school year.

Six week session: Student is a sophomore or junior during the 2019-2020 school year.

Students from the Greater NYC area and outside NYC are welcome to apply.


Admission to the program is selective. We are looking for talented, high-achieving students who are passionate about making the world a better place and interested in exploring engineering as a way to make change happen. 

These characteristics should be apparent in their transcript, personal essay, and letter of recommendation from a teacher, advisor or supervisor that can talk about your interest in STEM (math, science, computer science, in school or out of school program, job or club).  Grades are not the only criteria for admission.  We are looking for hard-working, creative and curious students for whom this program would be transformative in developing an interest in engineering and STEM careers. 


All application materials are submitted though the online application. 

A complete copy of your most current transcript must be submitted as part of your application.  This transcript must contain ALL courses and grades earned while in high school including the current or most recent term.

An official or unofficial copy of your transcript should be uploaded as a pdf through the application website.  

Letter of Recommendation
One letter of recommendation is required. You provide the name, email and phone number for your reference on the application. 

An email is sent to your reference. Please confirm that they received the email recommendation letter request. Recommendations are uploaded online only. 

Essay (500 words)
The essay is a portrait of you and should reflect what you feel is important for us to know about you. Tell us what interests you about using design and engineering to solve problems.

Please do not submit any school work such as lab reports, homework assignments, etc. 

If you have an online portfolio, webpage, or social media feed that you would like us to view, please provide a link to these in your essay.  

Extracurricular activities:
List any activities that you do outside of school hours. You can also include a link to a resume.

Optional: If you have taken the PSAT, SAT, or ACT, you may include scanned copies of the reports sent to you by the respective testing agency.

Application fee

There is a non-refundable application fee.

Fee waivers are available for families with financial needs. 

To get a waiver:

1. start the application

2. email with your name as listed on your application and request a waiver

3. wait for confirmation email and then submit your application



Your application will be reviewed by the Program Admissions Committee.  You will be notified by email as to our decision.  We ask that you do not accept our offer unless you are certain you want to attend and are able to be present for every day of your session.  

All decisions are final.


  • 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.