Fall 2019 New Student Orientation

Listed below is a tentative schedule for the Fall 2019 New Student Orientation. Throughout the summer, the orientation schedule will be updated to include further details and activities. Please continue to watch this page, to be sure you have the most up-to-date orientation information.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

8am – 2pm
Residence Hall Move In and Campus Resource Fair

2pm – 3pm
President's Welcome

3pm – 4pm
Academic Deans' Welcome

4pm – 5:30pm
Welcome Reception for Students and Family

6pm – 7pm
Orientation Overview

7pm – 10pm
Joint Student Council Welcome Party


Wednesday, August 28, 2019

8:30am - 10am
International Student Breakfast

10am – 12pm
Academic School Meetings

12pm – 1:30pm
Peer Connections Lunch

1:30pm – 3pm
Center for Career Development Workshop

3pm – 5pm
Cooper Union 101 (Academic Expectations, Study Skills, Time Management, and more)

5pm – 7pm
Health and Wellness Dinner

7pm – 10pm
Social Events


Thursday, August 29, 2019

8am - 10am
Math Placement Exam

10am – 11am
Center for Writing Workshop

11am – 12pm
Academic Integrity Discussions

12pm – 1:30pm
Peer Connections Lunch

1:30pm – 3pm
Inclusion and Belonging Workshop

3pm – 5:30pm
Academic Advisement Meetings

5:30pm – 7:30pm
Academic School Dinners

7:30pm – 10pm
Social Programming


Friday, August 30, 2019

9am – 10am
International Student Workshop

10am – 12pm
Healthy Relationships

12pm – 1:30pm
Peer Connections Lunch

1:30pm – 3pm
Safety at Cooper Union

3pm – 6pm
Small-Group Projects (Led by First-Year Faculty)

6pm – 7:30pm
Small-Group Project Debrief and Dinner

7:30pm – 10pm
Social Programming


Saturday, August 31, 2019

All Day
Club and Organization Events


Sunday, September 1, 2019

All Day
Club and Organization Events


Monday, September 2, 2019 (Labor Day)

All Day
Club and Organization Events

1pm – 3pm
Peer Mentor Lunch

6pm – 9pm
Community Dinner

  • 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.