Applying to Cooper Union

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Our fall 2024 application has closed. Our fall 2025 application will go live in August.

Application Deadlines 


Early Decision

  • Albert Nerken School of Engineering: November 1
  • Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture: December 1
  • School of Art: December 1

Regular Decision

  • All three schools: January 5


  • Master of Science in Architecture: January 5
  • Master of Engineering: January 15

Application Instructions

The Cooper Union uses the Common App for first-year undergraduate applicants. All transfer and graduate applicants apply through the Cooper Application. Additional supplemental application steps are indicated on the pages below.

First Year



Non-Matriculating Student Programs

Learn more about Cooper by downloading our publications: ViewbookThe Irwin S. Chanin School of ArchitectureSchool of Art; Albert Nerken School of EngineeringAlbert Nerken School of Engineering Master of EngineeringFinancial AidInternational; and Fact Sheet. Or preview Cooper by attending one of our high school programs

  • 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.