Art Open Houses and National Portfolio Review Days

The Cooper Union School of Art application for Fall 2019 will be available in August 1, 2018 via the Common App. Students interested in applying and requesting information should review the application information at the Office of Admissions. Applicants for freshman and transfer admission will be required to complete and send in a Hometest of visual problems, a questionnaire, a sketchbook and any additional original work.  This should include sketchbooks, actual work, as well as work appropriate in digital format.  For Early Decision, the Hometest will be e-mailed to applicants in Mid-December.  For Regular Decision, the Hometest will be emailed to applicants in late January. 

Each application is reviewed by a faculty committee consisting of a cross-section of disciplines in the School of Art. Final decisions are made by the School of Art Admissions Committee based on all the elements of the application, with substantial weight given to the Hometest problems. Admission is offered to approximately 60 students. Admissions decisions will be available in early April.

The School of Art holds a series of Open Houses in the fall, at which prospective students bring portfolios for review and have the opportunity to learn more about the school from faculty and alumni. The Open House consists of an orientation, a guided tour of the facilities and an individual portfolio review by faculty or alumni of the School of Art. The dates of the Open Houses are listed below.  

On-campus School of Art Open Houses

Saturday, November 3, 2018, 12pm;

Sunday, November 11, 2018, 12pm;

Friday, November 16, 2018, 4pm;

Saturday, December 1, 2018, 12pm;

Friday, December 7, 2018, 4pm.

Register for an Open House here.

In addition to our own open houses, faculty and alumni of the School of Art also visit Portfolio Day events throughout the country sponsored by the National Portfolio Day Association. Like the Art Portfolio Review Days, portfolio days are not a formal part of the admissions process but often play a role in successful applications. Art work is reviewed by faculty members and alumni who advise potential art students. A large percentage of students accepted to the School of Art have been reviewed by faculty or alumni at a NPDA Portfolio Day, an Open House, or through the Saturday/Outreach Program.

2018-2019 National Portfolio Day Events 

The Cooper Union School of Art will be atte­­nding select NPDA events. See the full schedule as a PDF


  • 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.”

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  • 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.