The campus remains closed with all summer courses being conducted online and staff working remotely. Classes will resume on August 31, 2020 for the fall semester. For updates on campus operations, both virtual and in person, for the fall semester, please see the Fall 2020 Info Hub page.

The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture Registration Instructions

Fall 2020 Registration Instructions

Registration advising (and pre-registration for Architecture electives) will take place via Microsoft Teams or email according to the following schedule. NOTE: all times are New York City local time (EDT).

Current M.Arch II students
Current 4th year students going into 5th year

Wednesday, April 15
8 am - 6 pm
Online registration opens for you at 9 am on Tuesday, April 21
NOTE: M.Arch II students will register for their Fall 2020 semester consisting of ARCH 413 Graduate Thesis only.

Current 2nd & 3rd year students going into 3rd and 4th years respectively
Thursday, April 16
8 am - 6 pm
Online registration opens for you at 9 am on Wednesday, April 22

Current 1st year students going into 2nd year
Friday, April 17
9 am - 5 pm
Online registration opens for you at 9 am on Thursday, April 23

Online registration starts on Student Self-Service at 9 am on Tuesday, April 21 and is prioritized by year. The closer you are to graduation the earlier you register. 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 11:59 pm on Friday, May 1.

See the step-by-step illustrated guide to using the Student Self-Service.

Registration Rules, Regulations, Dates and Deadlines

(1) If you do not complete your online registration by 11:59 pm on Friday, May 1 it will be necessary for you to wait until Monday, August 31, the first day of the Fall 2020 semester, to register late and to pay a late registration fee of $100.

(2) Schedule changes may take place, via Student Self-Service, during the drop/add period at the start of the Fall semester, August 31-September 8. Schedule changes must be approved by the School of Architecture Office. Beginning Wednesday, September 9, no courses may be added but it will be possible to withdraw from a course with permission of the Dean of the School of Architecture and the instructor. A fee of $25 will be charged for each withdrawal. 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 classed may be added after Tuesday, September 8. It will be possible to withdraw from courses, with the appropriate authorization and fee payment, until Wednesday, October 28, by following the above procedure.

(4) If you have an outstanding financial obligation to The Cooper Union: student fee, international student fee, lab fee, graduation fee, medical insurance fee, etc., you can find this information on Student Self-Service and make your payment via Student Self-Service (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 Course 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.

(5) The Fall semester begins on Monday, August 31.

(6) See the academic calendar for important dates and scheduling irregularities, particularly during the Fall semester.

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