The campus remains closed with all summer courses being conducted online and staff working remotely. Classes will resume on August 31, 2020 for the fall semester. For updates on campus operations, both virtual and in person, for the fall semester, please see the Fall 2020 Info Hub page.

Fall 2020 New Student Orientation


We are hard at work planning for a robust Orientation experience for you! Orientation information will continue to be updated here. 

We will be communicating with you throughout the summer to start preparing you for your studies at Cooper Union and for the new experiences and relationships you’ll be building. 

We’ll begin with some materials for you to review and think through and then as we enter August, we’ll begin providing more in-depth information about your new student experience. All of this is designed to help provide you with the tools, resources, skills, and connections that you’ll need when you officially join our community in late August.  

Here is an initial schedule of the topics and themes we’ll be covering with you during the Orientation period before classes begin:

Week of July 13 -        Transitioning from High School to College 
Week of July 20 -        Cooper Union Educational Systems and Technology 
Week of July 27 -        Student Life – Clubs, Organizations, and Student Government; Meet your Peer Mentor
Week of August 3 -     Welcome to your Academic Program; Career Development and the World of Work 
Week of August 10 -   Student Wellbeing, Health, and Healthy Relationships 
Week of August 17 -   Community Standards and Expectations 
Week of August 24 -   Critical Thought and Difficult Dialogues – Focus on Intersectional Justice; Academic Support Resources
; International Student Mixer and Programs
Week of August 31 -   Classes Begin!

Orientation programs and updates will continue throughout the fall 2020 semester as you begin your studies with us.

Beginning July 13, 2020, new students will be provided with a weekly Orientation Bulletin that outlines the topics of that week and provides you with the key resources you’ll need as you continue your journey with us. Resources will be a combination of videos, virtual meetings, online courses, and materials to read and review. All these materials will also be housed in one central location for you to access throughout your first year and beyond. More information about how and when to begin accessing this central location will be sent in a later Orientation Bulletin and will be our focus the week of July 20.

In addition to the topics and themes noted above, we’ll also be offering regular virtual social activities for you to engage in where you can get to know your fellow new students as well as begin to get to know our current student body. We’ll provide regular updates to you these opportunities to engage and we’ll also include them in the weekly Orientation Bulletins. These social events will also be publicized on the class Facebook group. 




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

  • 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.