Frequently Asked Questions

We are no longer accepting applications for Summer STEM 2018. All decision letters were sent out on March 28th, 2018. Please email us at this link if you did not receive notification. 

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Where are classes held?

Classes are held in the Cooper Union Albert Nerken School of Engineering’s building located at 41 Cooper in the East Village. This state of the art facility houses the classrooms and laboratories where students will be learning and researching.

Who can apply to the program?
All current high school sophomores or juniors spending the summer in the Greater NYC area.  Students must be current sophomores or juniors during the school year which they apply (or, rising juniors and seniors in the summer that they attend).  This program is open to all students from anywhere in the world.  The student has to secure housing (dormitories are not available) and be at school promptly by 9:30am every day.  To apply, visit the online application portal found at the link toward the top-right of this page.  Important deadlines are listed here.

When does it start?
Summer 2018 Program Dates

Monday, July 9 through Thursday, August 16

How many weeks is it?
The program runs for 6 weeks, 4 days per week (Monday-Thursday, 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM).

What are the class sizes?
Generally there are 16-24 students in each class.

How many students will be enrolled?
We anticipate that the total enrollment in the 2018 STEM Program will be over 200 students.  There are 16-25 student per section; students are usually divided into groups of 3-4 for their projects.

How much does the program cost?
The total program cost in 2018 will be $3,250, excluding the $50 application fee.

Do you offer financial aid?
Yes for qualifying students. If you are interested in financial aid you must fill out the supplemental financial aid application. This application will be posted along with the application in January.

Who qualifies for financial aid?
The amount of this aid is need-based and assessed based on financial documentation and family circumstance.

When will the tuition be due?
A non-refundable deposit of 50% of what you owe will be due about two weeks after the Orientation for admitted students. The remaining balance is due about two weeks before the program starts.  Specific dates will be noted in offer letters to the applicant.

Seats will be given to waitlisted students if your balance is not paid by the deadline. If a student withdraws less than two weeks before start of the program, all monies paid to date will not be refunded.

When will I be notified of an admissions decision?
Students will be notified of an admissions decision some time in early April.

Will participating in this program help me get into Cooper Union?
Participating in the program will not affect a student’s chances of getting into Cooper Union. However, the experience will give the student a chance to explore Cooper Union as a potential college choice.  We are committed to helping students find the appropriate college for their learning style and career goals.  For this reason, we offer a career seminar and a college fair (at Columbia University).

If I am from outside of New York or the surrounding area, does Cooper Union provide housing to Summer Program students?
Cooper Union does NOT have dormitories available for students in the summer program. A student from outside the New York area will be expected to plan for his or her own accommodations.

Is there a dress code?
No, there is no dress code. Students should dress comfortably and appropriately for their work both inside in classroom and in the laboratory.  Some laboratories have specific dress codes (no open-toe shoes, no loose clothing, pants, etc) which will be reviewed by the instructor and TA's before work begins.

When is the last day that one can withdraw without incurring the full cost?
The last day that one can withdraw from the program without incurring the full cost will be the day before the deposit is due for all participating students.

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