Welcome from the Dean of Students - June 11, 2020

Welcome to the Cooper Union Family!

Congratulations on your acceptance into The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art! On behalf of the staff in the division of Student Affairs, I am pleased to welcome you to the Cooper Union community.

It has been a difficult start to 2020, and you have persevered despite a disrupted school year and the worry and loss brought on by a global pandemic.  At the same time, we are in the midst of an overdue reckoning for our nation, and your generation is demanding change, rightly calling for an end to anti-Black racism.  At The Cooper Union, we believe this kind of change begins at home, and as a result, we, too, as individuals and an institution are engaging in reflection and dialogue at every level to pursue actionable, meaningful, sustainable change toward a truly equitable, just community. 

We have created a page on our website where we are posting a variety of resources and information. This will also be a space where updates on campus conversations will be shared. As the newest members of our community, I hope you’ll participate in these discussions and join us as we work together. 

We also currently have two student groups, the Cooper Climate Coalition and the Black Student Union, that are very active on campus engaging directly in this work and helping to foster dialogues. If you’re interested in getting involved with these student organizations now, please connect with them directly. You can contact the Cooper Climate Coalition at climate@cooper.edu.  The Black Student Union uses their Instagram account, cooperunion.bsu, to post events and information, so please connect with them there.

For so many reasons, we can’t wait to welcome you to Cooper Square.  Our goal is to be able to announce our plan for the fall semester in the next few weeks as we are finalizing a model that can be responsive to changing public health conditions in New York City, if needed.  In advance of that announcement, I want to provide you with some brief reminders and updates specific to Student Affairs.

New Student Health Forms

The deadline for submitting student health forms was extended to July 31, 2020. Since all staff are currently working remotely, the most efficient way to submit your forms is by emailing them to Eric Conley, Administrative Manager for Student Affairs, at eric.conley@cooper.edu. Forms may also be mailed to our office or faxed, but they will not be reviewed until we are able to physically return to our offices. If possible, we strongly encourage you to email your forms to Eric. While the deadline has been extended, we do encourage you to submit your forms as soon as possible.  Any questions about the health forms can also be directed to Eric.  

Student Housing  

Once a plan is announced for the fall semester, our housing program will also be finalized, and you will receive updates on our housing program for the fall. The housing team will be in regular communication with students who are engaging with the housing application process.  

Undergraduate Orientation  

We are hard at work planning for a robust Orientation experience for you! Orientation will begin this month and continue over the summer and throughout your first semester at Cooper.

Next week you will receive a link to a form for you to complete that will help us pair you with a current Cooper student to work with you as a peer mentor. During the last week in June, you will receive your first weekly Orientation Guide that will provide invaluable resources and opportunities for you to engage with our community as you begin this next phase of your life with us here at The Cooper Union.

Orientation information will be updated on our Orientation website that you can find here.

Graduate students:  You will receive information directly from your academic program and/or graduate advisor with details about welcoming you into your programs.  

Please note that this message is being sent to all new students and their families / parents. All future communications to students will only be sent to your cooper.edu email address. It’s very important to check your cooper.edu email regularly as you will receive all official communication there.

I hope this brief update is useful. Additional information will be coming soon! I also hope you are proud of your accomplishments and inspired by all that is ahead of you. 

Thinking of you all!

Please stay safe!  


  • 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.