Fall 2016 New Student Orientation

**Below is the current Fall 2016 New Student Orientation schedule. Please note that this schedule will be updated in late July/early August to include a number of social events and student club activities. Please check back for those updated events, as well as for specific locations of all orientation events.**

Sunday, August 28, 2016

9AM – 3PM
Residence Hall Move In

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.

4PM – 6PM
Residence Hall All-Hall Meeting

The Housing & Residential Education staff will lead a mandatory meeting for all residential students. The staff will be covering important rules and regulations, so attendance will be taken. This meeting will also provide you with an opportunity to meet the entire Housing & Residential Education staff and ask questions about the residence hall.

4PM – 6PM
Parents’ Reception

Parents, guardians, and families of first-year students, join Cooper Union community members on the Alumni Roof Terrace of 41 Cooper Square for a welcome reception. This is an ideal time for families to make connections with each other, as well as with various representatives from Cooper. Come as you are and take a break after move in.

Monday, August 29, 2016

8AM – 11AM
Math Placement Exam

11AM - 12PM
Electrical Engineering Meet and Greet
41 Cooper Square, Room 602

Professor Fred Fontaine and upperclass electrical engineering (EE) students will lead a discussion focused on the required fist-year EE courses and the student-run microlab.

1PM – 1:30PM
History of Cooper Union

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

2PM – 4PM
Writing Center Introduction and Diagnostic

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

10AM – 12PM
Architecture Career Development and Alumni Session

Robert Thill, Director of Art and Architecture Career Development and Outreach, and representatives from the Office of Alumni Affairs will discuss the career development opportunities that exist for Cooper Union School of Architecture students. Topics will include internships, job fairs, career development resources, and much more.

1PM – 3PM
Art Career Development and Alumni Session

Robert Thill, Director of Art and Architecture Career Development and Outreach, and representatives from the Office of Alumni Affairs will discuss the career development opportunities that exist for Cooper Union School of Art students. Topics will include internships, job fairs, career development resources, and much more.

1PM – 3PM
Chemistry Placement Exam

4PM – 6PM
Engineering Career Development and Alumni Session

Jolie Harris Woodson, Director of Engineering Career Development and Outreach, and representatives from the Office of Alumni Affairs will discuss the career development opportunities that exist for Cooper Union School of Engineering students. Topics will include internships, job fairs, career development resources, and much more.

Wednesday, August 31

10AM – 11PM
Financial Aid and Student Accounts Information Session

Join representatives from the Offices of Financial Aid and Student Accounts to learn everything you need to know about financial aid, tuition, scholarships, and billing. Take time to get to know these key staff members, and maybe even schedule a follow-up meeting to discuss your account.

11AM – 1PM
International Student Information Session

John Falls, Director of International Student Advisement, will lead a session on navigating your way through Cooper Union, and the United States, as an international student. A wide range of topics, from required documentation to campus employment, will be covered.

1PM – 5PM
Career Development Scavenger Hunt

Thursday, September 1

9:30AM – 12PM
Academic Advising Sessions

First-year student academic advisors from Architecture, Art, and Engineering will be present to speak about the particulars of each school. It is imperative that you get to know your academic advisor, as they will have vital information about charting your path to a successful academic experience at Cooper Union.

12PM – 2PM
Lunch with Dean Germano

One thing that all Cooper Union students have in common is Humanities courses. Dean of Humanities & Social Sciences, William Germano, will be present for a lunch that is open to all first-year students. Dean Germano will speak about the Humanities & Social Sciences curriculum, and what you can expect from the next four or five years.

2PM – 4PM
Meet the Dean

Dean Nader Tehrani, Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture; Dean Mike Essl, School of Art; and Dean Richard Stock, Albert Nerken School of Engineering, will meet with students from their respective schools. If you have a question about your school’s pedagogy, faculty, course offerings, or anything else related to your major, this is the session for you.

5PM – 9PM
Circle Line Cruise

See your new home in a new way, during this trip around the island of Manhattan. This night on the water will include food, drinks, and plenty of opportunities to mingle the members of the Cooper Union community, not to mention great views of the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island.

Friday, September 2

9AM – 6PM
Sexual Assault and Consent Workshop

Friday, September 2 has been reserved solely for mandatory sexual assault and consent workshops. Members of AORTA (Anti-Oppression Resource and Training Alliance) will lead a number of workshops focused on such topics as why consent matters, building healthy relationships, healing spaces for survivors of sexual assault, consent in queer and trans relationships, and much more. Attendance at this day of vital workshops is mandatory for first-year students.

Saturday, September 3

11AM – 4PM
Peter Cooper Block Party

Join us for the 2016 Peter Cooper Block Party, sponsored by the Cooper Union Alumni Association. The block party will include Cooper swag, food, drinks, music, arts and crafts, student performances, Cooper Union historical information, and much more.

6PM – 9PM
Cooper Union Alumni Association Movie Night

Join the Cooper Union Alumni Association for a viewing of Janet Gardner’s film about the life of Peter Cooper, Mechanic to Millionaire: The Peter Cooper Story. There will be food, drinks, and an opportunity to meet many Cooper Union alums.

  • 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.