Registration Instructions

Summer / Fall 2021

Online registration through Student Self-Service for the Summer and Fall 2021 semester classes will take place from April 20-23. Registration starts at 9am according to 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 September.

If in the Fall you will be... You will register online starting at 9am on...
A Master’s student, or a Senior in all schools Tuesday, April 20
An Art Junior, or
An Engineering Junior, or
A Third- or Fourth-Year Architecture Student
Wednesday, April 21
An Architecture, Art or Engineering Sophomore Thursday, April 22

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 April 23, students will register online.
  4. If a student encounters difficulty with registration, staff members in the Admissions and Records office can be reached during normal business hours by email:

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 August 30-September 7. After that there is a $25 fee for withdrawing from courses (no courses may be added).

The first day of classes will be Monday, August 30.  Monday classes meet.

Any returning student who does not register between April 20 and 23 may register from August 30 through September 7; there will be a $100 late registration fee.

After September 7 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.

Engineering seniors planning to continue in the Master’s program: you must first have a graduate  academic program assigned to you (CHE. ME, CE.ME, etc.), and you must register under this program.

  • 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.