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.

Upcoming Events & Exhibitions

  • Type Tricks & Troves: A Design Diary

    Petr van Blokland discusses personal foundry notes on sketching and more

  • Concert for Cooper

    A benefit concert featuring appearances by outstanding musicians as well as renowned actors from theater, television, and film, including, among others: Alfre Woodard, Alan Cumming, Ben Folds, and Tracey Ullman

Concert for Cooper

Join us on Wednesday, August 12 at 7:30 PM EDT for a one-night-only celebrity-packed event featuring musical performances and the words of some of the most famous figures to ever address a New York audience from the stage of Cooper's historic Great Hall. Donations support the return to full-tuition scholarships for all students

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John Lewis in the Great Hall

Appearing on May 11, 2017, the congressman and maker of "good trouble" spoke of his early life leading to his joining the Civil Rights Movement and of the work yet to be done


End of Year Show: Art

For the first time the School of Art goes virtual for its annual student-works showcase

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Typelab Online Draws Thousands

The hands-on workshop section of the annual Typographics festival moved into a virtual space for this year’s conference with spectacular results

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Responding to Hate










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  • 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.