Student Organizations

The student organizations at Cooper Union provide an opportunity for students to meet people with similar interests.

  • Literary and Performance Groups
  • Greek Organizations
  • Professional and Honor Societies
  • Recreational Sports
  • Religious Clubs
  • Ethnic Organizations

To receive funding for a student club, you must file a constitution in the Office of Student Services. If you are budgeted for a special event, you may need to file audiovisual requests or maintenance requests and you may need a room reservation form. If you wish to serve alcohol, you must make an appointment to see the Dean of Students and apply for an alcohol permit. Call (212) 353-4130 to make an appointment.


Download the Event Checklist for requirements

    • 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.