Registration Instructions

Spring 2021

Online registration through Student Self-Service for the Spring 2021 semester classes will take place between November 17 and 23, 2020. This registration is for all Bachelor's Degree and Master's Degree students who plan to return to Cooper Union in January.

If in Spring 2021 you will be... You will register online starting...
A Master’s student, or a Senior in all schools Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Starting at 9 am
An Art Junior, or
An Engineering Junior, or
A Third- or Fourth-Year Architecture Student
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
starting at 9 am
An Architecture, Art or Engineering Sophomore Thursday, November 19, 2020
starting at 9 am
A Freshman Friday, November 20, 2020 starting at 9 am

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.

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 e-mail their advisors that they have submitted their schedule.
  2. The advisor will review the schedule and approve it if satisfactory. Advisors must e-mail their students upon approval.
  3. Starting on their appointed day and continuing through November 23, students will register online.
  4. If a student encounters difficulty with registration, staff members in the Admissions and Records office can be reached at 212 353-4120 during normal business hours. Or e-mail

See Using Student Self-Service for detailed instructions.

Schedule changes and necessary program alterations may be accommodated without fee during the drop/add period, which is January 19 - 26. After that there is a $25 fee for withdrawing from courses (no courses may be added).

The first day of classes will be Tuesday, January 19.  Monday classes meet.

Any returning student who does not register between November 17 and 23 may register in January; there will be a $100 late registration fee.

After January 26, 2021 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 on the Thesis Track Please Note: Even if you are pursuing only the completion of your thesis, you MUST register in the normal way.

Special Instructions for Engineering Students

Please remember the guidelines for registration for Math. You must register within your major unless you have permission to do otherwise.

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 bring original legal documentation to the Registrar's office.

  • 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.