Cooper Tops 2018 "Best" Lists

September 09, 2018

For the third year in a row The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art has been ranked as the top regional college in the Northern United States by the The U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges guidebook, released today. The annual guide also put Cooper Union as the "Best Value" for its cohort and put the Albert Nerken School of Engineering in the nation's top ten engineering schools.

The Cooper Union was ranked among regional colleges where more than half the degrees granted are not in the liberal arts. The ranking reflects "academic excellence," and is based on factors that include peer assessment, retention and graduation of students, and student selectivity. Rankings for the School of Engineering and its programs are based on surveys of deans and senior faculty at ABET-accredited programs.

In other rankings-related news:"Forbes" ranked Cooper Union as one of the top ten STEM colleges in the US; Washington Monthly ranked Cooper Union as the #1 baccalaureate college in the U.S. for the third year in a row; Architectural Record listed The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture in its top five undergraduate programs nationwide

  • 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.