Applying to Cooper Union

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Two-Year Test Optional Pilot Program and Update on High School Grading Practices

Application Deadlines for the 2021/2022 Academic Year


Early Decision:

  • The Albert School of Engineering: Monday, November 1, 2021
  • The School of Art and The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture: Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Regular Decision for all three schools: Wednesday, January 5, 2022 


Master of Science in Architecture: Wednesday, January 5, 2022 

Master of Engineering: Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Instructions for Application

The Cooper Union uses the Common Application for first year undergraduate applicants. Additional materials are required as indicated on the pages below.

All graduate and transfer applicants, please apply here

First Year



Non-Matriculating Student Programs

For more information on why to apply to Cooper, check out our publications: ViewbookAlbert Nerken School of EngineeringThe Irwin S. Chanin School of ArchitectureSchool of Art; International; and our fact sheet.

  • 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.