The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture

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3rd Floor Architecture Studio

3rd Floor Architecture Studio

These instructions are for first-year applicants only. There are alternate instructions for transfer students.

For fall 2023 applicants, our Early Decision deadline is Thursday, December 1, 2022 and our Regular Decision deadline is Thursday, January 5, 2023.

Our 2023 application will be live by September, 2022.

  • Application Steps

    • A completed Common Application with thoughtful responses to all questions in the writing section
    • 1 teacher recommendation
    • Your official high school transcript or GED certificate (including mid-year report)
    • Any official college transcripts (sent directly from the college or university)
    • SAT/ACT (test optional)
    • SAT II (optional)
    • English language proficiency test (if applicable)
    • $75 application fee or fee waiver (if applicable)
  • Supplemental Materials

    • After students have submitted the required application, they will be asked to complete a supplemental Studio Test (instructions to appear in your applicant portal once the test is released)
  • English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students

    Undergraduate applicants whose native language is not English and have not had at least 3 years of English at a school where English was the official medium of instruction, are required to take one of the exams below. Please note that your English language proficiency test results are only valid for two years. Please ensure that the name on your passport matches the name on your application, and on your language scores.. 

    Test for English Language Proficiency

    Minimum Score Requirements

    TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

    600 (paper-based test)

    100 (internet-based test)

    MyBest™ scores are not accepted

    IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

    7.0 

    DET (Duolingo English Test)

    120 

    We do not accept results from the following exams: IELTS Indicator, TOEFL ITP Plus for China, TOEFL Essentials, and PTE Academic Online.

  • High School Graduation Requirements

    Subject  

    Units* Required for Architecture

    English

    4

    History and Social Studies

    3

    Mathematics (including Calculus)

    3

    Science

    3

    Other Electives

    6

    Total Units* Required                     

    19 recommended

    *A unit represents a year's study in a subject

    Calculus is a required first-year course for all architecture students. Entering first-year students must have completed Mathematics (including Trigonometry, Algebra II, and Pre-Calculus). Any student who has not completed Pre-Calculus in high school must do so during the summer before enrollment and must submit an official transcript documenting successful completion of the course.

For help with questions regarding the undergraduate application and admissions process, visit our online FAQ. Please email additional questions to admissions@cooper.edu.

  • 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.