Cooper Union Ranked in Top Three "Most Rigorous" Colleges in U.S.

POSTED ON: November 11, 2014

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The Cooper Union ranks as one of the top three most rigorous colleges in the country, along with Columbia University and the University of Chicago, according to The Daily Beast. In the 2014 annual "Guide to the Best Colleges" the online news site also ranked The Cooper Union in the top ten schools that offer the best return on investment, as well as naming it one of the most affordable schools nationwide.

The Daily Beast ranked The Cooper Union second in its list of the "20 Most Rigorous Colleges." It determined its rankings by analyzing the selectivity of admissions, student-to-faculty ratio, class size and student surveys for workload manageability and smartest professors.

The Cooper Union was also ranked #7 on The Daily Beast's list of schools that offer the best return on investment. "Students consistently rate gaining lucrative employment as the most essential factor in deciding where to go to college," Brandy Zadrozny writes in the introduction to the list. "With that in mind, The Daily Beast wanted to find which schools offered students the best opportunity to make money in the future without shelling out too much upfront." The rankings were determined by average net cost to students as well as the average starting salary ($61,100) and average mid-career salary ($117,000) of graduates according to

The Cooper Union also ranked in the list of most affordable schools in the nation, at #21, marking the fourth time the institution has appeared on such a list in 2014. The U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2015 guide, put The Cooper Union as #1 on its Best Value list, after The Princeton Review and Money magazine had also ranked it in their top ten best value lists.

  • 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.