Retention and Graduation Rates

Ninety-two percent of the Fall 2016 School of Architecture first-year students returned for Fall 2017 and 80 percent of first-year students entering the School of Architecture in Fall 2011 graduated within six years. Architecture students may expand their professional options with outside experience (foreign or domestic) for up to one year during their course of study at The Cooper Union. Please note: The BArch program requires a minimum of five years to complete. Therefore, approved leaves of absence often affect the six year graduation rate.

Ninety-eight percent of the Fall 2016 School of Art first-year students returned for Fall 2017 and 85 percent of first-year students entering the School of Art in Fall 2011 graduated within six years. Similar to architecture, art students may take time away from their studies before graduating.

Ninety-four percent of the Fall 2016 School of Engineering first-year students returned for Fall 2017 and 83 percent of first-year students entering the School of Engineering in Fall 2011 graduated within six years.

Overall, 95% of first-year students returned to study for their second year and 83% of our students graduated within six years.

Note that first-year retention rates do not include students currently on approved leaves of absence (e.g. military, medical, etc.).

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