The campus remains closed with all summer courses being conducted online and staff working remotely. Classes will resume on August 31, 2020 for the fall semester. For updates on campus operations, both virtual and in person, for the fall semester, please see the Fall 2020 Info Hub page.

Coronavirus Response

Planning for Fall 2020

The plan for Fall 2020 has been designed to make it possible for students to continue their Cooper Union education from anywhere in ways that are rich, engaging, and inventive; to ensure that no students are disadvantaged should personal circumstances prevent them from being in New York; to accommodate the wide range of health risk profiles and family circumstances within our community given COVID-19; to limit the spread of the virus; and to maximize flexibility so that our approach can transition smoothly should resurgences of the virus occur.

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Supporting Our International Students -- June 13 -- Laura Sparks, president

Responding to International Student Visa Policy Changes -- July 9 -- Mark Campbell, VP Enrollment

Fall 2020 Plans for International Students -- July 1 -- Hala Alkasm, Assistant Director of International Student Advisement

Fall 2020 Student Life Update -- June 29 -- The Student Affairs Team

Fall Updates from the School of Art -- June 23 -- Mike Essl, dean, and Adriana Farmiga, associate dean, School of Art 

Fall 2020 School of Architecture Message -- June 22 -- Nader Tehrani, dean, and Hayley Eber, assistant dean, The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture

Fall Semester in the School of Engineering -- June 22 -- Barry Shoop, dean, Albert Nerken School of Engineering

Fall 2020 Plans -- June 20 -- Laura Sparks, president

For the Faculty & Staff Regarding the Fall 2020 Semester -- June 20 -- Laura Sparks, president

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  • Our 2020/21 academic calendar remains the same with classes beginning on Monday, August 31, 2020

    All formal classroom and studio teaching will continue online to ensure:

    • Consistency in the formal program of classroom and studio instruction
    • Students can continue their education remotely
    • Buildings can accommodate physically distanced student studio space and labs (although courses will not require that students access buildings)
    • Readiness for and seamless response to any virus resurgences

    This approach will be adopted Cooper-wide with each school and faculty implementing specific plans as required by their pedagogy and curriculum.

    For more details, read President Sparks’ full community message



  • 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.