Campus update: While we've worked hard to preserve the possibility that students could return, the remainder of the spring semester will be conducted online. Staff will work remotely until at least April 20. See the Coronavirus / COVID-19 Updates page.

Summer STEM FAQ

How do I request an application fee waiver?  There are three steps:

  1. Start your application
  2. Email summerstem@cooper.edu with your name as it appears on the application
  3. Wait for an email confirming your fee waiver and then submit your application.

How do I apply for financial aid?
To request financial aid, complete the supplemental financial aid form attached to the main application. A copy of your parent or guardian's 2018 or 2019 tax form is required.

Who can apply for financial aid?
All students are welcome to apply for financial aid.  Full and half tuition scholarships are awarded based on need. Priority is given to students from New York City.

As a general guideline, a student from a family of four with yearly income less than $100,000 may qualify for a full tuition scholarship. A student from a family of four with yearly income between $100,000 and  $150,000 may qualify for a half tuition scholarship. 

When and where are classes held? 
The programs run for 3 or 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 located at 41 Cooper in the East Village in New York City.

Who can apply to the program? Any student who is:

  • in 9th grade during the 2019-2020 school year can apply to the three week program.
  • in 10th or 11th during in the 2019-2020 school year can apply to the six week program.
  • living in the Greater NYC area or willing to spend the summer in NYC can apply. 

We do not sponsor visas for international students.

Can 9th graders request a 6 week session? 
No

Can 10th and 11th graders request a 3 week session? 
No

What are the class sizes? 
There are 16-24 students in each class. Within a class, students are divided into teams of 3-4.

How many students will be enrolled? 
We anticipate that the total enrollment will be 220 students. 

How much does the program cost? 
The program cost for 2020 is $2000 for the three week session and $3650 for the six week session.  This includes all lab fees, materials and field trips.

When will the tuition be due? 
Tuition is due within 10 days after you receive your offer email. Tuition includes a $500 nonrefundable fee for withdrawal.

What happens if I do not accept my offer before the deadline? 
Unclaimed seats will be offered to wait listed students. If you do not accept and pay your tuition by the deadline but still wish to attend, you can request to be added to the wait list.

When will I be notified of an admissions decision? 
Students will be notified of an admissions decision in mid-April.

Is there a Student Orientation? 
The student orientation takes place in morning on the first day of the program. Students will report to Great Hall at 7 East 7th St, the Foundation Building.  Check in will begin at 9:00 am.

Is there assistance for transportation?
In past years, students received Metrocards form the New York Department of Education to cover transportation on NYC subways and buses. We are waiting for confirmation for 2020. If provided, students receive their Metrocard on the first day of the program. Other transportation costs are not covered. 

For students traveling via other railways:  The Long Island Railroad provides discounted students tickets.  Complete the LIRR Application for a Student Ticket and scan and email it to us at summerstem@cooper.edu. Note that you will need to complete two forms: one for July and one for August.

Cooper Union does not currently participate in Metro-North or NJ Transit student ticket programs.

Will participating in this program help me get into Cooper Union? 
The experience will give the student a chance to explore Cooper Union as a potential college choice. Acceptance into a Summer STEM class is not a guarantee of admittance to Cooper Union.

Does Cooper Union provide housing to Summer Program students? 
Cooper Union does NOT provide housing 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? 
There is no dress code. Students should dress comfortably and appropriately for their work both inside in classroom and in the laboratory.  Some laboratories will have specific dress codes (no open-toe shoes, no loose clothing, pants, etc). This will be reviewed by the instructor 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.