Academic Calendars

The Cooper Union for The Advancement of Science and Art operates within a two semester calendar (fall and spring). Most classes are scheduled Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. We offer a limited summer session with courses typically provided in Math, Physics, and Engineering.

Normal business hours are:
Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

From early June through Labor Day, Cooper Union operates under a summer schedule:
Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.

At bottom see the 2018 - 2019 calendar

2017 - 2018 Academic Calendar

Aug 27 Sunday Move-in day for Residence Hall
Aug 27 - Sept 3 Sunday - Sunday  New student orientation
Sept 4 Monday Labor Day Observed
Sept 5 Tuesday Fall semester classes begin. NOTE: Tuesday classes meet
Sept 12 Tuesday There will be a $25 fee for Dropping classes after this date
Sept 19 Tuesday Fall Festival (school in session)
Nov 21 - 22  Tuesday - Wednesday Thursday and Friday Classes Meet
Nov 23 - Nov 26  Thursday - Sunday  Thanksgiving (staff holiday)
Nov 30 - Dec 6 Thursday-Wednesday  Registration for Spring 2018 Classes
Dec 14 - 20  Thursday - Wednesday Last meeting times for all exams/classes/crits. These continue regularly assigned rooms.
Dec 20  Wednesday Last day of Fall 2017 semester
Dec 21 - Jan 15 Thursday - Monday  Winter recess; all schools
Dec 21 - Jan 1 Thursday - Monday  Staff Holiday
Jan 2 Tuesday Administrative Offices reopen. All grades are due in the Office of Admissions and Records before Noon
Jan 15 Monday Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday (Staff Holiday)
Jan 16  Tuesday Spring semester classes begin. NOTE: MODIFIED SCHEDULE; MONDAY CLASSES MEET
Jan 24 Wednesday There will be a $25 fee for Dropping classes after this date
Feb 16-19  Friday - Monday  Founder’s Day/President’s Day (staff holiday)
Mar 10-18  Saturday-Sunday  Spring recess (administrative offices remain open)
April 17-20  Tuesday-Friday  Registration for Fall 2018 classes
May 2, 3, 7, 8, 9  Wednesday, Thursday, Monday - Wednesday Last meeting times for all exams/classes/crits. These continue regularly assigned rooms.
May 9 Wednesday NOTE: FRIDAY CLASSES, EXAMS AND CRITS MEET
May 9 Wednesday Last day of Spring 2018 semester
May 10 Thursday Senior grades due in the Office of Admissions and Records before Noon.
May 14 Monday All non-senior grades are due in the Office of Admissions and Records before Noon.
May 22 Tuesday Commencement rehearsal; annual student exhibition opens
May 23 Wednesday Commencement
May 28 Monday Memorial Day (Staff Holiday)
July 4  Wednesday Independence Day Observed (Staff Holiday)

 

2018 - 2019 Academic Calendar

Aug 26 Sunday Move-in day for Residence Hall
Aug 26 - Sept 2 Sunday - Sunday New student orientation
Sept 3 Monday Labor Day Observed
Sept 4 Tuesday Fall semester classes begin. NOTE: Tuesday classes meet
Sept 11 Tuesday There will be a $25 fee for Dropping classes after this date
Sept 18 Tuesday Fall Festival (school in session)
Nov 20 - 21 Tuesday - Wednesday Thursday and Friday Classes Meet
Nov 22 - 25 Thursday - Sunday Thanksgiving (staff holiday)
Nov 29 - Dec 5 Thursday-Wednesday Registration for Spring 2018 Classes
Dec 13 - 19 Thursday-Wednesday Last meeting times for all exams/classes/crits. These continue regularly assigned rooms.
Dec 19 Wednesday Last day of Fall 2018 semester
Dec 20 - Jan 21 Thursday - Monday Winter recess; all schools
Dec 20 - Jan 1 Thursday-Tuesday  Staff Holiday
Jan 2 Wednesday Administrative Offices reopen. All grades are due in the Office of Admissions and Records before Noon
Jan 21 Monday Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday (Staff Holiday)
Jan 22 Tuesday Spring semester classes begin. NOTE: MODIFIED SCHEDULE; MONDAY CLASSES MEET
Jan 29 Tuesday There will be a $25 fee for Dropping classes after this date
Feb 15 - 18 Friday - Monday Founder’s Day/President’s Day (staff holiday)
Mar 16 - 24 Saturday - Sunday Spring recess (administrative offices remain open)
Apr 15 - 18 Monday - Thursday Registration for Fall 2019 classes
May 8, 9, 13 - 15 Wednesday, Thursday, Monday - Wednesday Last meeting times for all exams/classes/crits. These continue regularly assigned rooms.
May 15 Wednesday NOTE: FRIDAY CLASSES, EXAMS AND CRITS MEET
May 15 Wednesday Last day of Spring 2019 semester
May 16 Thursday Senior grades due in the Office of Admissions and Records before Noon.
May 20 Monday All non-senior grades are due in the Office of Admissions and Records before Noon.
May 27 Monday Memorial Day (Staff Holiday)
May 28 Tuesday Commencement rehearsal; annual student exhibition opens
May 29 Wednesday Commencement
July 4 Thursday Independence Day Observed (Staff Holiday)

 

  • 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.