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Top Ten Reasons for Cooper Union

1 The Cooper Union Stands Out! In addition to being ranked #1 Best Value, our school and programs come with some of the highest and most prestigious rankings. Check them out.

2 From Thomas Edison to Daniel Libeskind, The Cooper Union has educated some of the world’s best artists, architects and engineers!

3 In addition to a high-level, personalized education, The Cooper Union is extremely affordable! Starting in 2014 every admitted student to the Cooper Union automatically receives a half-tuition scholarship (currently valued at $21,000) and renewable for each year of study. The return-on-investment for our students is extremely high.

4 Success at Cooper is a goal that is achieved. After receiving a world class education, our students go out into the world ready to create, design and innovate. In addition to 24 Fulbright Scholars, Cooper students have achieved some outstanding awards.

5 The School of Art is a 4-year BFA program that is unique and versatile. Students do not select an area in which they will major; rather they have the ability to choose courses of interest and personalize their study. We are a school based on creativity for students with potential. Admission is decided using a rigorous “Home Test” assessment.

6 The Albert Nerken School of Engineering is Cooper’s largest school with approximately 550 students and is consistently ranked within the top 4 undergraduate/non-doctorate engineering programs in the US. This high-level, ABET-accredited, project-based program provides various opportunities for undergraduate research and professional experiences to prepare for direct employment within the industry or for continued graduate work. Cooper’s program The Invention Factory is a unique opportunity for Engineers to put their education to work and take their ideas and bring them to life..

7 The Irwin S. School of Architecture is ranked among the top 5 architecture programs in the US! This 5 year program is comprised of design studios and courses allowing students to build a deep foundation of the study of architecture and urban design, and relate it to developments in the sciences, arts and technology. The students learn from some of the world’s leading architects and when finished go on to gain much recognition themselves.

8 The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences provides the academic integration connecting our three schools. During their first two years, students are required to take a core curriculum in the humanities and social sciences. Students in the School of Art take an additional three-semester sequence in art history. During the third and fourth years, students have considerable latitude to explore the humanities and social sciences through elective courses.

9 The Great Hall of The Cooper Union has stood for more than a century as a bastion of free speech and a witness to the flow of American history and ideas. When the Hall opened in 1858, more than a year in advance of the completion of the institution, it quickly became a mecca for all interested in serious discussion and debate of the vital issues of the day.

10 I LOVE NY! Cooper represents New York City in so many ways! It lives in one of the city’s most vibrant neighborhoods filled with culture, the arts, places of history and countless shops, restaurants and cafes. In fact, one of the most iconic advertising campaign logos, I Heart NY, was created by Milton Glaser, a 1951 graduate of the School of Art.

  • 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.