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Withdrawal from The Cooper Union

Students who seek to withdraw from Cooper Union should first follow the guidelines established by their school. In withdrawing from Cooper Union, students are inactivating their record, essentially severing their relationship with the Cooper Union. This means, should a student want to return to Cooper Union, he or she will need to re-apply, and will be held to the terms of their program established at the time of re-entry. Thus if unsure, a student is encouraged to explore and discuss options such as leave of absence with their academic advisor.

Dismissal from The Cooper Union is treated as a withdrawal.

When withdrawing from The Cooper Union, students will be required to meet with a Financial Aid advisor to discuss financial aid implications such as:

  • Federal Financial Aid returns
  • Exit Loan Counseling including Loan Deferment and Repayment
  • SAP status and next steps
  • 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.