Summer Writing Program: Frequently Asked Questions
The following questions relate to Cooper Union's Summer Writing Program. More information on the program is available here.
Q: I will be a high school senior in the fall of 2012. Can I register for this class?
A: Yes. Rising seniors (those entering their senior year in September 2012) may also apply. We have created a separate curriculum designed specifically for students entering their senior year of high school. The program provides these students with advanced critical thinking and writing skills. It focuses on adapting these skills to both high school and college-level expectations.
Q: Is there a creative writing aspect to this course?
A: No. The course focuses on academic writing of the kind required in introductory social sciences and humanities classes.
Q: I am a non-native English speaker. Can I take this course?
A: This course is not designed as an ESOL course. However, if your high school was taught in English and you meet the other criteria, you may register for this course.
Q: My parents want me to take this course, but humanities and social science courses usually bore me.
A: It's easy to be bored when classes don't seem targeted to your interests or needs. This class is intended for students like you, and will help you get more out of the texts you read, find ways to talk and write about them, and see how your ideas fit into that discussion. It will help you discover which kinds of texts you prefer reading and how you can say interesting things about them.
Q: Is there only one session of this class or will it be offered again later in the summer?
A: No. At present there is only one session offered.
Q: Can I choose between the morning and afternoon sessions?
A: The class meets four hours daily. Both sessions are required.
Q: Is there an application form? Do my H.S. grades matter? Do I need recommendations?
A: No special application form is needed, only the information requested on the web site. All students interested in working on the writing and reading skills needed for humanities and social science classes are welcome.
Q: I am thinking of applying to Cooper Union as a transfer student. Will taking this course help?
A: Admissions to The Cooper Union are based on criteria established by the college's three Schools (Art, Architecture, and Engineering). Taking this course will not have an effect on your application.
Q: Is college credit available for the course?
A: No. However, the skills you learn in the course will serve you in college.
Q: Will there be homework?
A: Homework will generally consist of short reading assignments. You may have short written work to do over the three-day weekends, but most work-including writing- will be done in class.
Q: Is the program residential?
A: No. It is a day program only.
Q: How much is tuition for the Summer Writing Program?
Q: Are there additional costs for books or materials?
A: There will be a materials cost of approximately $50.
Q: When is the registration deadline?
Q: How much is the deposit?
A: A non-refundable deposit of $500 is required by June 15th.
Q: When is full payment due?
A: Full payment is due by July 1st.
Q: Is tuition refundable?
A: If a student withdraws from the program prior to the first day of class and after the full tuition has been paid, 50% of the tuition will be refunded.
Q: Do you offer financial aid?
A: The Cooper Union is not able to provide financial aid for this program.