School of Art Registration Instructions

Spring 2016

Student must create their educational plans on the Student Self-Service Portal. Instructions on its use are available here.

Educational plans must be approved in person only by the Office of Academic Advisement of the School of Art according to the following schedule at appo​inted times only:

Seniors – Thursday, November 19 or Friday, November 20
Juniors – Monday, November 23
New Transfer Students – Monday, November 23
Sophomores – Tuesday, November 24

Please note that all approval of educational plans is by appointment, at times determined by lottery. Make certain that you have obtained an appointment from the Office of Academic Advisement. Students without appointments will be seen at the end of the appropriate day. Please do not email. We will not approve plans other than in person.


Students who do not have their plans approved on the appropriate date may do so through December 4 but risk being closed out of classes. Students must check their financial accounts on the Student Self-Service Portal and clear any holds before attempting to register.

Students will then register via the Student Self-Service Portal for approved classes, according to the following schedule:
Seniors – Monday, November 30, starting at 12:01 a.m.
Juniors – Tuesday, December 1, starting at 12:01 a.m.
Sophomores – Wednesday, December 2, starting at 12:01 a.m.

If students find that they are closed out of any approved classes, they must return to the Office of Academic Advisement to seek approval for replacement classes. Additional choices should be placed on the educational plan for approval beforehand.

Foundation Program Students – Students should create an educational plan that follows the prescribed curriculum by Monday, November 30. These plans will be approved by Wednesday December 2. Students should go online to register on December 3, starting at 12:01 a.m., making certain to choose the same section designation for each studio and art history class as they were enrolled in during fall 2015 (A, B, C, or D). In the spring semester, students register for 4DD (FA 105) instead of Color. Again, the same section designation should be chosen. Students must also register for HSS2, selecting any section that fits their schedule. In order to assure registration in a desired section of HSS2, students should place three choices on their plans.

All students who do not register by midnight on December 4 must register on the first day of classes, Tuesday, January 19, 2016. A late registration fee of $100 will be charged by the Registrar at that time.

In certain circumstances program changes (Add/Drops) may be subject to a fee. Students should therefore choose their classes carefully. Please consult the Office of Academic Advisement no later than Friday, November 13 to address any questions about your program of study and to avoid any misunderstanding of the published requirements of The Cooper Union.

Spring 2016 classes will begin on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 and will follow a Monday class schedule.

  • 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.