Admitted Undergraduate Students

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In response to the COVID-19 virus we have canceled Admitted Students Day, but we are hosting the following virtual events:

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Let us help you make one of the most important decisions about your future. All the information and resources that you will need to make your transition into the Cooper Union Community can be located here. This web page is for incoming undergraduate (first year and transfer) students for Fall 2020.

Below you will find a checklist and timeline along with specific forms, applications, etc. that must be submitted by their respective deadlines to ensure your enrollment at The Cooper Union. Failure to adhere to these deadlines may result in fees and other serious consequences so please review carefully and contact our office with any questions, 212-353-4120 or

We also strongly encourage you to download this checklist and to set up your Cooper account following these steps

International Students (students that do not hold U.S. citizenship or permanent residency) may have additional deadlines and steps to follow. All international students should also review the relevant information about the next steps.

 Required Forms (to be completed and submitted by admitted students only) 

Early Decision

Regular Decision

For information on scholarships and grants opportunities visit here

    Submit your Deposit


    Submit online all of the below to Office of Admissions, 30 Cooper Square, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10003:

    1. Regular Decision Acceptance/Decline Form
    2. Nonrefundable deposit (refundable for Fall 2020, until August 1, 2020) for $1,135. Deposit Payment Options:
      • Recommended method of payment is online check payment. If you do not have an U.S. bank account, we also accept credit and debit cards. Please use our online enrollment deposit portal to make your deposit. 
      • For International Students, you may also use Flywire service to make your deposit.  
      • For questions or concerns regarding paying your deposit or setting up a payment plan, please email or call 212-353-4396. (See our budget guide).
    3. Citizenship Verification Form (Please note that the information submitted on this form is considered confidential and is used for advising purposes.)

    Student Health Insurance

    The Cooper Union requires that all students show proof of and maintain healthcare coverage. Students are automatically enrolled in Cooper’s health insurance plan once they are registered for classes. There are limited options to waive the Cooper plan with a comparable plan.  For more information on Student Health Insurance, or how to waive your Student Health Insurance, please click here.

    Student Health Forms 
    DEADLINE: JUNE 5, 2020

    Student Health Form are required by law and must be returned to The Cooper Union on time. For questions regarding the health forms, please contact Eric Conley at or 212-353-4116.

    Students requesting accommodations, academic or otherwise, due to a documented disability, should contact the Dean of Students, Christopher Chamberlin, at as soon as possible to begin planning for your needs on campus.

    Submit Proof of Graduation
    DEADLINE: JULY 15, 2020

    Send your final OFFICIAL transcript from high school or any college. Final transcripts may be submitted via the Common App or mailed directly to Office of Admissions, 30 Cooper Square, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10003.

    Please Note: All official transcripts must be translated into English with the date of graduation clearly indicated. An official transcript includes a signature from a school official and a school stamp/seal.

    Pay Your Tuition Bill
    DEADLINE: AUGUST 5, 2020

    More information coming soon. For questions regarding your tuition bill, please contact the Office of Student Accounts at

    • International Students (do not hold U.S. citizenship or permanent residency) are responsible for an additional non-refundable international student fee of $1,005 per semester.  The fee will be charged once you are registered for classes, and is due with your tuition bill.  Please be advised that all fees are subject to change annually without prior notice. 

    Deferral Request

    Please note, our deadline for requesting a deferral has passed. If you have any questions or would like to discuss your circumstances despite the missed deadline, please reach out to the admissions team at

    Deferral Policy

    Admitted students may request to defer their offer of admission for one year. Each deferral request will be reviewed by the Office of Admissions and considered on a case-by-case basis. 

    Submission of a deferral request does not mean that your deferral request has been approved. You will receive a follow-up email regarding the approval or denial of your request once it has been thoroughly reviewed.

    The Cooper Union considers the totality of the class in each program when admitting students. The class size and collaborative nature of the pedagogy demands this type of nuanced calculation. For that reason, deferral requests are carefully reviewed.


    • Students may not defer in order to matriculate at another degree-granting college or university with the intention of receiving credit at The Cooper Union for any courses taken during the deferral. 
    • Admitted students whose deferral requests are approved must pay their nonrefundable enrollment deposit by May 15, 2020 in order to reserve their place at The Cooper Union for Fall 2021. 
    • A student's admission will not be officially deferred until the enrollment deposit is received.
    • A student’s award package may not remain the same and will be recalculated when the financial aid application is resubmitted.  

    Orientation and Moving to New York City

    Orientation is mandatory for all new students. Fall 2020 dates will be posted in the spring.

    If you are interested in living in the Cooper Union Residence Hall, please read through the Residence Hall FAQ.

    The on-campus housing application is open as of March 1, 2020. Applications are due by 5 pm, Friday, May 8, 2020. Any applicants who apply after May 8, 2020 will be automatically placed on the waitlist. Please email with any housing-related questions.

    Attend your First Day of Class

    Be sure to check our online Summer course offerings—Summer with Cooper!

    Academic Calendar

    Stay in Touch

    Additional Resources and Contact Information

    Center for Career Development: 212-353-4377
    Office of Admissions: 212-353-4120 or
    Office of Financial Aid: 212-353-4113 or
    Office of Student Affairs: 212-353-4116
    Housing & Residential Education: 212-353-4099 or
    International Student Advisement: 212-353-4192 or 
    Registrar: 212-353-4122

    Please review the following:

    Cooper Union Safety, Security and Fire Safety Report
    Code of Conduct

    International students should also review the additional steps they may need to take to enroll at Cooper. For an I-20 transfer or application, please email

    • 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.