Support the Senior Class Gift

Each year, the graduating class presents a senior class gift to The Cooper Union.  This gift brings together seniors from all three schools in support of their alma mater through a joint donation.

The senior gift is an opportunity to pay tribute to the education you have received and, in turn, can play a significant role in Cooper’s future.  Past alumni donations have supported numerous resources available to you during your time at Cooper. This is your chance to pass on the gift of a Cooper eduation to those student following in your footsteps. Every donation, no matter the size, makes an impact. 

The class of 2014 has chosen to celebrate Cooper's full-tuition legacy while helping to provide for the next generation of students with a senior class gift goal that is equal to the value of one full-tuition scholarship -- $38,500. This goal would be easily reached with a gift of $183.50 from each and every graduating senior; however, participation is most important, no matter the level. 

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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.