The Cooper Union Faculty-Student Senate is a representative body whose purpose is to advise the President and the Board of Trustees and update the faculty and students on issues pertaining to mission, use of resources and academic issues.

It shall address and make recommendations on matters affecting the educational mission of the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, the School of Art, the Albert Nerken School of Engineering, the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Library and the educational mission of The Cooper Union as a whole.

It shall concern itself with academic planning and development, and shall be advisor to the President and the Board of Trustees.

Ratified April 12, 2011

  • 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.