Test Optional Program

The Cooper Union undergraduate admission process is currently test optional. If students applying to Cooper choose to take the SAT or ACT and wish to submit their test results as part of their application, we will consider them in context and as part of our holistic review process. If students choose not to submit test results, we will evaluate their candidacy without scores and in keeping with our standard approach. Students will not be implicitly advantaged or disadvantaged by their test submission decision.

In addition, The Cooper Union graduate programs do not currently require a GRE submission. A GRE test result may be submitted should an applicant choose to do so, however there will be no implicit advantage or disadvantage based on a submission or lack thereof.



  • 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.