Fall 2017 New Student Orientation

Fall 2017 New Student Orientation will be held from Sunday, August 27, 2017 to Monday, September 4, 2017. Orientation is required for all students. Throughout summer 2017, the Orientation schedule included below will continue to be updated. The final schedule will include numerous academic, administrative, social, wellness, and student-led events. As important updates occur, emails will be circulated by the Office of Student Affairs.


Sunday, August 27, 2017

8AM – 1PM
Residence Hall Move In
Residence Hall, 29 3rd Avenue

Welcome to your new home! Upon arrival, you will be given move-in materials, including your room key, mailbox key, and general building information. Please do abide by the staggered move-in times supplied by the Housing & Residential Education staff. There will be a number of Cooper Union students and staff members present to help you with all of your personal items.

12PM – 7PM
New-Student and Family Orientation Kickoff
Location TBD

Representatives from across the Cooper Union community will be present to welcome you and your family. The day will include a welcome from the Cooper Union President, tours of academic facilities, and informational sessions from the academic schools and key administrative offices.

Monday, August 28, 2017

8AM – 11AM
Math Placement Exams
Location TBD

Math placement exams are optional and only for Engineering majors. If you have any questions about the math placement exams, please contact the School of Engineering.

11AM – 12PM
History of The Cooper Union
Location TBD

Peter Buckley, Associate Professor of Humanities, will present on the history of Cooper Union. This session is a great opportunity to learn more about Cooper Union’s amazing history, and deepen your appreciation of your new home.

1PM – 3:30PM
Writing Center Diagnostic
Location TBD

All new students are required to take part in the Writing Center Diagnostic. This session serves as an introduction to college-level academic writing.

4PM – 5:30PM
Student Financial Services
Location TBD

The offices of Financial Aid and Student Accounts will lead a “Cooper Finances 101” session. The ins and outs of financial aid, scholarships, grants, and billing will all be covered. There will be lots of time included for Q&A, and a chance to schedule a follow-up meeting to further discuss your financial situation.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

10AM – 6PM
Educational Sessions
Location TBD

Students, in small groups, will rotate through a series of workshops covering information that is vital to being a successful student at The Cooper Union. Each student will participate in three different workshops, each day, so that they are exposed to all six topics. Workshop topics include:

  • Getting Used to Cooper
  • Sexual Health & Misconduct Resources
  • Mental Health & Wellness Skills and Resources
  • Understanding Policies and Procedures
  • Issues of Academic Integrity
  • Interpersonal Skills Workshop

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

10AM – 6PM
Educational Sessions
Location TBD

Students, in small groups, will rotate through a series of workshops covering information that is vital to being a successful student at The Cooper Union. Each student will participate in three different workshops, each day, so that they are exposed to all six topics. Workshop topics include:

  • Getting Used to Cooper
  • Sexual Health & Misconduct Resources
  • Mental Health & Wellness Skills and Resources
  • Understanding Policies and Procedures
  • Issues of Academic Integrity
  • Interpersonal Skills Workshop

Thursday, August 31, 2017

9AM – 5PM
Academic School Orientation Activities
Location TBD

Major-specific meetings will be led by representatives from each of the three academic schools. These meetings will touch upon such topics as pedagogy, faculty, course offerings, and navigating your way through academics at Cooper. If you have questions related to your major, this is the day that all of your questions will be answered.

Friday, September 1, 2017

10AM – 4PM
Personal Safety and Diversity & Inclusion Workshops
Location TBD

Throughout this day of workshops, information will be shared regarding best practices for keeping yourself safe in New York City, creating an open and welcoming campus culture, respecting differences, and many other topics related to diversity and inclusion.

  • 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.