With the current high rate of contagiousness and infection from Omicron, we have made the decision to conduct all January classes remotely and to require, with limited exceptions, all employees without essential on-campus duties during this period to work from home through January 28th.  For more information on Covid-19 and the start of spring semester, please use this link to our Covid Response page.  

The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture Fall 2020 Registration Instructions

Registration advising (and pre-registration for Architecture electives) will take place via Microsoft Teams or email according to the following schedule:

Current M.Arch II students & Current 4th-year students going into 5th year
Wednesday, April 15
8 am - 6 pm (New York time)
Online registration opens for you at 9 am (NY time) on Tuesday, April 21*
NOTE: M.Arch II students will register for ARCH 413 Graduate Thesis and FA100RA Shop Tech for the Fall 2020 semester.

Current 2nd- & 3rd- year students going into 3rd and 4th years respectively
Thursday, April 16
8 am - 6 pm (New York time)
Online registration opens for you at 9 am (NY time) on Wednesday, April 22*

Current 1st-year students going into 2nd year
Friday, April 17
9 am - 5 pm (New York time)
Online registration opens for you at 9 am (NY time) on Thursday, April 23*

*Online registration opens on Student Self-Service at 9 am on Tuesday, April 21 and is prioritized by year. The closer you are to graduation the earlier you register. Your registration day starts at 9 am. Once your registration day begins, you can register at any time -- but the longer you wait the fewer options you will have -- until registration closes at 11:59 pm (NY time) on Friday, May 1.

See the step-by-step illustrated guide to using the Student Self-Service.

Registration Rules, Regulations, Dates and Deadlines

  1. If you do not complete your online registration by 11:59 pm (NY time) on Friday, May 1 it will be necessary for you to wait until Monday, August 31, the first day of the Fall 2020 semester, to register late and to pay a late registration fee of $100.
  2. Schedule changes may take place, via Student Self-Service, during the drop/add period at the start of the Fall semester, August 31-September 8. Schedule changes must be approved by the School of Architecture Office. Beginning Wednesday, September 9, no courses may be added but it will be possible to withdraw from a course with permission of the Dean of the School of Architecture and the instructor. A fee of $25 will be charged for each withdrawal. If the student is passing the course at the time of withdrawal, the designation of "W" will appear on the record. If the student is failing the course, a grade of "WF" will be recorded.
  3. No classes may be added after Tuesday, September 8. It will be possible to withdraw from courses, with the appropriate authorization and fee payment, until Wednesday 28 October by following the above procedure.
  4. If you have an outstanding financial obligation to The Cooper Union: student fee, international student fee, lab fee, graduation fee, medical insurance fee, etc., you can find this information on Student Self-Service and make your payment via Student Self-Service (24/7 and before registration). Meeting your financial obligation before registration will allow you to register on time when you will potentially have the most options.
  5. The Fall semester begins on Monday, August 31. We will be following a Monday schedule of classes.
  6. See the academic calendar for important dates and scheduling irregularities, particularly during the Fall semester.


  • 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.