More Opportunities to Learn

In addition to our one-on-one and small group sessions, the Center offers several programs that support student learning. Programs focus on developing and celebrating student scholarship and creativity both within and beyond the boundaries of their disciplines. For more information about these programs, please contact Kit or John.

The Student Lecture Series
A celebration of student scholarship, the series builds ties between faculty and students and revives a piece of Peter Cooper’s vision for the college. Each year, four winners—advised by faculty from the three schools and HSS—develop their lectures with the help of Center personnel and a faculty advisor.

Union Literary Magazine
A student-run journal of student writing, Union showcases student writing, design, and coding talent. The journal is published bi-annually, in a mix of print and digital formats. 

Support for The Pioneer
The Center provides an advisor to the student-run newspaper The Pioneer. The advisor designs workshops for Pioneer staff and hosts a weekly, dedicated office hour. The Center also collaborates with Pioneer staff to host panel discussions on topics of the staff’s choosing.

The Creative Writing Group
Every semester, one of our staff members with a Master’s in Fine Arts in writing leads a group that gives students an opportunity to work on independent creative writing projects. Students from across the three schools attend the bi-weekly, 90-minute workshops.

  • 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.