Holds on Registration, Transcripts, and Diplomas

The Student Accounts office will place a registration hold on a student’s record if that student has an outstanding balance prior to registration for the following semester. The hold will remain in effect for subsequent semesters until the balance is paid. A student can resolve an outstanding balance in the Student Accounts office on the second floor of 30 Cooper Square.

Any obligations to Cooper Union, such as account balances, library fines and missing books, printmaking debts, exit interviews, etc., will similarly result in a hold on a student’s transcript and diploma, until the obligations have been fulfilled.

  • 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.