Albert Nerken School of Engineering

Materials and Structures Lab

Materials and Structures Lab

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Dates and Deadlines

  • Early Decision

    • Application Deadline: November 1
      Application Notification: December 15
  • Regular Decision

    • Application Deadline: January 5
      Application Notification: April 1  

Application Instructions

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

  • Application Steps

    • Common Application, including essay and additional writing prompts
    • 2 teacher recommendations (at least one from a STEM course instructor strongly encouraged)
    • 1 counselor evaluation
    • Official high school transcript or GED certificate (including mid-year report, if applicable)
    • 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)
  • 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 Engineering



    History and Social Studies


    Mathematics (including Calculus)






    Other Electives


    Total Units* Required                     

    17 minimum, 19 recommended

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

    In the area of mathematics, candidates may offer somewhat different patterns of preparation for the intensive study of calculus at Cooper. Preparation beyond the listed minimum in mathematics is highly recommended. College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Mathematics are suitable courses for such further preparation.

    Students in high school will be expected to supply transcripts covering subjects taken 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 no later than January 18 if supporting a first-year application.

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

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