Frequently Asked Questions

When and where are classes held?
The program runs for 6 weeks, 4 days per week (Monday-Thursday, 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM).  Classes are held in the Cooper Union Albert Nerken School of Engineering’s building located at 41 Cooper in the East Village.

Who can apply to the program?
All current high school sophomores or juniors spending the summer in the Greater NYC area.  Students must be current sophomores or juniors during the school year which they apply (or, rising juniors and seniors in the summer that they attend).  This program is open to all students from anywhere in the world.  The student has to secure housing (dormitories are not available) and be at school promptly by 9:30am every day.  To apply, visit the online application portal found at the link toward the top-right of this page.  Important deadlines are listed here.

What are the class sizes?
Generally there are 16-24 students in each class.

How many students will be enrolled?
We anticipate that the total enrollment to be over 200 students.  There are 16-25 student per section; students are usually divided into groups of 3-4 for their projects.

How much does the program cost?
The total program cost in 2019 will be $3,500, excluding the $55 application fee.

Do you offer financial aid?
Yes for qualifying students. If you are interested in financial aid you must fill out the supplemental financial aid application. This application will be posted along with the application in January.

Who qualifies for financial aid?
The amount of this aid is need-based and assessed based on financial documentation and family circumstance.

When will the tuition be due?
A non-refundable deposit of 50% of tuition is due two weeks after you receive your offer email. The remaining balance is due June 1.

If a student withdraws after June 1, they will not receive a refund.  If a student withdraws after paying the full balance and before June 1, they can receive a 50% refund.

What happens if I do not accept my offer before the deadline?
Seats will be given to waitlisted students if you do not accept and pay your balance by the deadline.

When will I be notified of an admissions decision?
Students will be notified of an admissions decision some time in early April.

Will participating in this program help me get into Cooper Union?
Participating in the program will not affect a student’s chances of getting into Cooper Union. However, the experience will give the student a chance to explore Cooper Union as a potential college choice.

If I am from outside of New York or the surrounding area, does Cooper Union provide housing to Summer Program students?
Cooper Union does NOT have dormitories available for students in the summer program. A student from outside the New York area will be expected to plan for his or her own accommodations.

Is there a dress code?
No, there is no dress code. Students should dress comfortably and appropriately for their work both inside in classroom and in the laboratory.  Some laboratories have specific dress codes (no open-toe shoes, no loose clothing, pants, etc) which will be reviewed by the instructor and TA's before work begins.

  • 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.