Coronavirus Response

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 regarding the start of the spring semester, see this message from President Sparks.

The Cooper Union requires all students, faculty, and staff, except for those with a medical or religious exemption, to be vaccinated with an FDA-authorized or World Health Organization (WHO)-listed vaccine and boostered by no later than January 28, 2022. For more, see Vaccine Requirements for the Academic Year 2021 - 2022

For access to the campus buildings all vaccinated faculty, staff, and students must use the CUSafe app, available for Android and iOS devices. See Announcing Cooper Union's Vaccine Passport.

Weekly COVID-19 testing is also still required for admittance to campus buildings. Testing is provided on-site each weekday. For more information and weekly schedule, see the testing protocols.

All guests will be required to show proof of vaccination and wear a mask while indoors on campus. See the guest policy.

Everyone, regardless of vaccination status, must wear a mask at all times inside the buildings.

For more, see the FAQ


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  • 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.