With the current high rate of contagiousness and infection from Omicron, we have made the decision to conduct all January classes remotely and to require, with limited exceptions, all employees without essential on-campus duties during this period to work from home through January 28th.  For more information on Covid-19 and the start of spring semester, please use this link to our Covid Response page.  

President's Office Hours

Students, faculty, and staff who wish to have a private conversation and share ideas with President Laura Sparks are invited to attend President’s Office Hours. Dates and times are listed below for these one-on-one meetings for the semester.

For the fall semester, 20-minute Office Hour appointments will be conducted via Microsoft Teams. Please be sure to include your full name and Cooper Union email when signing up for your preferred date. You will receive an email with a time slot and confirmation after registering. If you have any questions, please contact Gloria Nicholas.

Fall Semester Office Hours

October 26th @ 12:30 – 1:30pm
November 15th @ 1:00 – 2:00pm
December 2nd @ 2:30 – 3:30pm


  • 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.