School of Art Registration Instructions

Spring 2017

All students except those in the Foundation Program 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 the appointed times only:

Seniors – Tuesday, November 29 or Friday, November 20
Juniors – Wednesday, November 30
New Transfer Students – Wednesday, November 30
Sophomores – Thursday, December 1

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 7 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 – Thursday, December 1, starting at 12:01 a.m.
Juniors – Friday, December 2, starting at 12:01 a.m.
Sophomores – Monday, December 5, 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 will be pre-registered for all School of Art studio classes as well as HTA 102. Note that in the spring semester, Foundation students take 4DD (FA 105) instead of Color. Students should login to their educational plan and choose a section of HSS 2 that fits their schedule, and then seek approval for their HSS 2 selection from an advisor in the Office of Academic Advisement in the School of Art.  In order to assure registration in a desired section of HSS2, students should place up to three choices on their plans.  Students will register for HSS2 on Tuesday, December 6 via the Student Self-Service Portal, starting at 12:01 a.m. 

All students who do not register by midnight on December 7 must register on the first day of classes, Tuesday, January 17, 2017. A late registration fee of $100 will be charged by the Registrar at that time.

Program changes (add/drop) made after the add/drop deadline will be subject to a fee. Please consult the Office of Academic Advisement no later than Tuesday, November 22 to address any questions about your program of study and to avoid any misunderstanding of the published requirements of The Cooper Union.

Spring 2017 classes will begin on Tuesday, January 17, 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.