Please be advised that, due to weather conditions, The Cooper Union will close today, Monday, at 1 p.m., and will remain closed all day tomorrow, Tuesday. Classes beginning before 1 p.m. today should be dismissed at 1 p.m. Classes starting at 1 p.m. or later are canceled. Administrative offices will close at 1 p.m. today and be closed tomorrow. Staff in security, housing, and buildings and grounds should confirm schedules with their supervisors. A decision about Wednesday's schedule will be posted by 9 p.m. Tuesday. Please watch email or see this website for updates. The add/drop period will be extended through the end of day on Tuesday February 3rd.

Virtual Tour

41 Cooper Square 41 Cooper Square Lobby 41 Cooper Square Gallery The Great Hall in Foundation Building Arthur A. Houghton, Jr. Gallery Cooper Union Library Cooper Union Foundation Building
41 Cooper Square

Experience The Cooper Union by taking a virtual tour of ten different locations in and around the school:

  • Cooper Square
  • 41 Cooper Square Lobby 
  • 41 Cooper Square Gallery
  • Architecture Studio 
  • Computer Lab
  • The Great Hall in Foundation Building 
  • Chemistry Lab
  • Arthur A. Houghton, Jr. Gallery
  • Cooper Union Library
  • Dorm Room in Student Residence Hall
Please note the virtual tours require the latest version of the QuickTime plug-in. Click here to download.


  • 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.