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Messages to the Cooper Community

Messages from President Laura Sparks to the Cooper community will be collected here.

Reflecting on the Semester and Looking Ahead -- May 22, 2020

Welcome Back: Spring 2020 -- January 22, 2020

Welcoming New Employees & Aligning Saturday and Outreach Art Programs -- October 29, 2019

Welcome Back to School -- September 3, 2019

Message about 41 Cooper Square -- February 8, 2019

Welcome Back: Spring 2019 -- January 18, 2019

The Council on Shared Learning -- December 1, 2018

Events of the Last Few Days & Moving Forward -- October 30, 2018

Welcome Back Message from Laura Sparks -- September 4, 2018

Barry L. Shoop Named New Engineering Dean -- May 2, 2018

A new FEC community discussion; Cooper's Anti-Discrimination Policy; Diversity -- March 5, 2018

FEC Recommendations to Return to Full-Tuition Scholarships -- January 20, 2018

A message regarding the School of Art Dean -- December 6, 2017

On Safety and Security -- November 2, 2017

Message from President Sparks about Cooper Union and DACA -- September 6, 2017

A Welcome (Back) Message to the Community from President Sparks -- September 5, 2017

Opportunities for Involvement in Cooper's Future -- April 6, 2017

Campus Conversations -- February 8, 2017

On the Recent Executive Order Banning Citizens of Seven Countries from the U.S. -- January 29, 2017

Welcome from President Sparks -- January 17, 2017

Personal Safety Amid Bigotry and Violence --  November 14, 2016

The Cooper Union and Civic Discourse -- November 9, 2016

A Letter to the Community -- September 15, 2016



  • 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.