School of Art

Paint Studio

Paint Studio

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Dates and Deadlines

  • Early Decision

    • Application Deadline: December 1
      Hometest Released: December 8
      Hometest Submission Deadline: January 5
      Digital submissions must be uploaded to the portal on January 5. Physical submissions (mailed or dropped off) must be received by January 9, no later than at 4 pm EST.
      Application Notification: February 1

  • Regular Decision

    • Application Deadline: January 5
      Hometest Released: January 9
      Hometest Submission Deadline: February 6 (digitally upload to the portal)
      Application Notification: April 1

Application Instructions

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

  • Application Steps

    Prospective School of Art students who have received a preliminary review at a National Portfolio Day that occurs after The Cooper Union’s regular decision admission deadline of January 5, may be invited to apply after the deadline. All reasonable effort is made by the School of Art admissions committee to review applications in a fair and timely fashion.

    • A completed application – (first-year applicants use the Common App); (transfer applicants use the Cooper Application)
    • Letter of recommendation (2 for transfers)
    • Official high school transcript or GED certificate (including mid-year report)
    • SAT/ACT test (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 Hometest (instructions to appear in your applicant portal once the test is released)
    • A portfolio and sketchbook (to be submitted with the Hometest)
  • 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)


    DET (Duolingo English Test)


    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


    Units* Required for Art



    History and Social Studies






    Other Electives


    Total Units* Required                     


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

    Students who apply while attending high school will be expected to supply transcripts of subjects studied during the first three years of high school (Grades 9, 10, and 11). High school graduates must supply the full four-year record. High school transcripts should be sent during the fall and winter months, but not later than January 18 if supporting a first-year application. Each candidate should make certain the high school subjects required for his or her major are completed prior to graduation. The Cooper Union will not be able to verify his or her senior program until final transcripts arrive in June or July. This is too late to make up a missing required subject or to make plans for admission to another college. Students who have not fulfilled their application requirements may have their offer of admission rescinded.

If you have questions about our undergraduate application process, please attend an info session, check out our FAQs, or email us at

  • 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.