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.

The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture Registration Instructions

Sprint 2015 Registration Instructions

Registration advising (and pre-registration for Architecture electives) will take place in the School of Architecture Office according to the following schedule:

Current M.Arch II students & Current 5th year students
Wednesday 12 November
registration opens for you at 12:01AM on Tuesday 18 November 2014*

Current 3rd & 4th year students
Thursday 13 November
registration opens for you at 12:01AM on Wednesday 19 November 2014*

Current 2nd year students
Thursday 13 November
registration opens for you at 12:01AM on Wednesday 19 November 2014*

Current 1st year students
Monday 17 November
registration opens for you at 12:01AM on Friday 21 November 2014*

*Online registration starts at 12:01AM on Tuesday 11/18 and is prioritized by year. The closer you are to graduation the earlier you register. Your registration day starts at 12:01AM. Once your registration day begins, you can register at any time -- but the longer you wait the fewer options you will have -- until registration closes at 11:59PM on Monday 11/24.

Registration is now managed through the Student Self-Service Portal. A step-by-step illustrated guide can be viewed here.

Registration Rules, Regulations, Dates and Deadlines

(1) Anyone who does not complete his/her online registration by 11:59PM on Monday 11/24 will be required to register on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 and a late registration fee of  $100 will be imposed.

(2)  Schedule changes may take place, via the Student Self-Service Portal, during the one-week drop/add period at the start of the Spring semester, 20-28 January. The School of Architecture Office must approve schedule changes. Beginning Thursday 29 January, no courses may be added but students may withdraw from a course by payment of a $25 fee with permission of the Dean of the School of Architecture and the instructor. If the student is passing the course at the time of withdrawal, the designation of "W" will appear on the record. If the student is failing the course, a grade of "WF" will be recorded.

(3)  No classes may be added after Wednesday, 28 January. Students may WITHDRAW from courses, with the appropriate authorization, until the end of the sixth week of the semester (Friday 27 February) by following the above procedure.

(4) You will not be permitted to register if: (a) you have an outstanding financial obligation to The Cooper Union or The School of Architecture (b) you have not completed your paperwork  - personal history forms, available in Admissions; medical forms, available in Student Services; etc. (c) you have a Shop/Printmaking debt - payable (cash or check) in the School of Architecture Office prior to or during registration.

(5)  If you have an outstanding financial obligation to The Cooper Union, e.g. student fee, international student fee, lab fee, graduation fee, medical insurance fee, etc., you can find this information on the new registration program (24/7 and before registration). If you have a Shop/Printmaking debt or owe money to the School of Architecture, you will be notified before registration and your Ed Plan will not be approved until you have made your payment in the School of Architecture Office. Meeting your financial obligation BEFORE REGISTRATION will allow you to register on time when you will potentially have the most options.

(6) The Spring 2015 semester begins on Tuesday 20 January and followws a Monday schedule of classes.

(7) View the 2014-2015 Academic Calendar and Holiday Schedule






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