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.

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Foundation Building

Foundation Building

Welcome to The Cooper Union!

Our plans for the coming academic year are being formed at the intersection of a global pandemic and a global awakening, a moment unlike any other in our lifetimes. While this juncture brings many uncertainties, it also reminds us of the fortitude of the Cooper community and deepens our resolve to address the critical challenges and opportunities of our time.

Please find President Sparks' full address on Fall 2020 here. If you were unable to attend our Fall 2020 Information Sessions, links of the full recordings are available below: 

Additionally, we’ve put together a comprehensive Fall 2020 resource guide to help instruct and welcome you to The Cooper Union.  

Please go to the corresponding links below. 


  • 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.