<br><br> The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture undergraduate studio where all five years of students share space<br><br> The Albert Nerken School of Engineering offers degrees in civil, chemical, electrical and mechanical engineering<br><br> Students at the School of Art receive a studio space in the second year<br><br> The Cooper Union boasts one of the country's lowest faculty-to-student ratios<br><br> The original Foundation Building, still in use, as seen from inside 41 Cooper Square<br><br> The interior of LEED Platinum-certified 41 Cooper Square<br><br>

Who we are. What we do.

The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, founded in 1859 in the East Village of Manhattan, is an internationally renowned all-honors college that awards every admitted student a half-tuition scholarship valued at approximately $20,000 per academic year. The Cooper Union is comprised of three schools specializing in architecture, art and engineering that have shaped generations of the world's top creators. In addition, courses within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences provide an opportunity for students across all three schools to learn side by side through the core curriculum. Offering both undergraduate and graduate degrees, Cooper Union boasts an excellent faculty, proximity to premiere art and science institutions, and the tech corridor known as Silicon Alley. Fostering a culture of collaboration through small class sizes and an 8.5:1 student to faculty ratio, Cooper teaches students to reimagine our world. For over 150 years, New York City has inspired and thrived on the contributions of The Cooper Union community.


  • 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.