Registration Instructions

Fall 2024

Online registration through Student Self-Service for summer and Fall 2024 semester classes will take place between April 16 and 19. Registration starts at 9 a.m. in accordance with the schedule below. This registration is for all Bachelor's degree and Master's degree students who plan to return to The Cooper Union in fall.

If in Fall 2024 you will be: You will register online starting at 9 a.m. on:
A Master’s student, or a senior in all schools Tuesday, April 16
An Art Junior, or
An Engineering Junior, or
A Third- or Fourth-Year Architecture Student
Wednesday, April 17
An Architecture, Art, or Engineering Sophomore Thursday, April 18
A Freshmen *Registered by the Office of the Registrar

*First-year students will be registered for their Fall 2024 classes by the Office of the Registrar in early to mid August. Registration for all students is not simultaneous; the process takes several weeks. If you plan to attend in the fall but do not have a visible schedule posted by Thursday, August 22, please email the Office of the Registrar at

Separate registration instructions for each school and HSS can be found below.

Please note: Students who have a financial obligation to The Cooper Union will not be permitted to register. Please satisfy any debts before registration.

Summer 2024

The Summer Term runs from May 20 to August 15 and has two sessions. Classes within each session have varying lengths due to their credit value.

  • Session 1 runs between May 20 and July 3
  • Session 2 runs between July 8 and August 15

Registration for all Summer Session classes takes place during the upcoming registration period, Tuesday, April 16 through Friday, April 19. There will be a late course add period from Monday, May 13 - Friday, May 17 to accommodate transfer students, graduate students, and those who wish to retake a course after their Spring 2024 grades have been posted.

Please note that registration for a summer course is a commitment to attend the course. Students who do not drop their summer course before May 17 at 3pm will be charged tuition.

The deadline for dropping any Summer session course is 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 17. A dropped course is removed from the student's record. It does not appear on the transcript, and the student is not charged.

Students can withdraw from a summer course through the fourth week of each session. A withdrawal causes the class to appear on the transcript with a W grade. Withdrawn courses are not refundable. Please contact the office of student accounts at with any questions regarding our summer course nonrefundable withdrawal policy. After the fourth week for both terms, a student is no longer able to receive a W grade, but instead will receive the letter grade appropriate for their work in the class. A withdrawal after the fourth week in extenuating circumstances will be considered.

Online Registration

Online registration through Student Self-Service will occur in the following way:

  1. Each student will submit a proposed schedule to their advisor. Students are encouraged to email their advisors that they have submitted their course plan. School of Art students will follow their school's instructions and follow up with their advisors as needed.
  2. The advisor will review the schedule and approve it if satisfactory. 
  3. Starting on their appointed day and continuing through April 19, students will register online.
  4. If a student encounters difficulty with registration, staff members in the Office of the Registrar can be reached during normal business hours by at

See Using Student Self-Service for detailed instructions.

Schedule changes and necessary program alterations may be accommodated without fee during the add/drop period, which is August 28 to September 5. After the add/drop period there is a $25 fee for withdrawing from courses (no courses may be added).

The first day of classes will be Tuesday, September 3.

Any returning student who does not register between April 16 and 19 may register between September 3 and September 10; there will be a $100 late registration fee.

After September 10 students may drop classes only within the guidelines and timeframes established by the three Schools and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences; there will be a $25 fee for each transaction.

Master's students pursuing only the completion of your thesis, you MUST register in the normal way.

Note on Drops and Withdrawals

A "drop" and a "withdrawal" are separate processes with different implications for financial aid, grading, and degree progress.

A class drop occurs when a student elects to remove a class from their schedule during a designated "add/drop period," sometimes called a "late registration period." A dropped class does not appear on a students transcript, does not count as attempted credits or towards the GPA, and does not receive a grade. Dropped classes do not count towards the 12-credit requirement to be considered a full-time student.

A withdrawal occurs at any point after the add/drop period when a student decides to no longer attend the class for any reason. Withdrawn classes appear on the transcript with a W grade. They count as attempted credits, and thus towards the 12-credit minimum requirement to be considered full-time, but are not included in GPA credits calculations.

The deadline for withdrawals is eight weeks into the semester, after which students must attempt to complete the course to the best of their ability.

Both drops and withdrawals must be made with the permission of your academic advisor. We strongly advise that students consult their advisor before withdrawing from a class and do not simply stop attending, as this may result in an F grade.

To All Seniors and Graduating Master’s Students 
Please answer the questions in the Graduation section in Student Self-Service, and make sure to indicate how you want your name to appear on your diploma. 

Name Changes 
To change your name, you must make arrangements to bring original legal documentation to the Office of the Registrar at email



  • 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.