Coronavirus Response


The Cooper Union will return to in-person learning for the Fall 2021 semester. The health and safety of our Cooper community and our commitment to our educational mission have been and will continue to be our primary focus. With that in mind, The Cooper Union will require 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. For more, see Vaccine Requirements for the Academic Year 2021 - 2022


Vaccine Requirements for the Academic Year 2021 - 2022 -- July 6, 2021

Planning for Fall 2021 -- March 22, 2021

See all previous updates


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  • 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.