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Cooper Union in Top Ten "Best Colleges for Your Money"

POSTED ON: July 31, 2014

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The Cooper Union has been ranked in the top ten of Money magazine's inaugural The Best Colleges for Your Money list. Coming in at #8, just behind MIT, Princeton, Stanford and Harvard, Cooper ranks higher than the other Ivy League schools as well as all the universities in New York City.

Cooper Union received an “A” in value and a total ranking score of 4.14 out of 5. Importantly, the write up notes that with its new scholarship policy, “CU remains one of the lowest-cost private elite colleges around, with an estimated average net price of a degree that is not much higher than costs for in-state students at many top public schools.”

Money magazine ranked a total of 665 schools based on 17 factors within three equally weighted categories: quality of education, affordability, and career outcomes. Factors included graduation rate, instructor quality, net price of a degree, student loan default risk, and early career earnings, among others. The list examined more than 1,500 four-year colleges and universities nationwide.

The ranking also notes that recent Cooper Union graduates receive an average salary of $61,000 a year, which is 13% more than predicted based on our fields of study.




  • 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.