Coronavirus Response

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The plan for Spring 2021 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.


Planning for Fall 2021 -- March 22, 2021

Guidelines for Returning to Campus -- January 27, 2021

Vaccine Update -- January 21 

Re-Opening of Campus -- January 11

See all previous updates


Returning to Cooper Campus Guide

Personal Pledge (signature required for Cooper building access)


Academic Resources
Technology / Work at Home Resources
Health & Well Being Resources



  • Classes have begun and are being held virtually

  • Students, faculty and staff may access campus buildings by following the guidelines and signing the personal pledge

  • Buildings remain closed to the public



  • 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.