School of Art Registration Instructions

Spring 2019

All students except those in the Foundation Program must create their educational plans on the Student Self-Service Portal. Instructions on its use are available here.

Educational plans must be approved in person only by the Office of Academic Advisement of the School of Art according to the following schedule at the appointed times only:

Seniors – Tuesday, November 27
Juniors – Wednesday, November 28
Sophomores – Thursday, November 29

New transfer students will be given appointments on the appropriate dates.

Please note that all approval of educational plans is by appointment, at times determined by lottery. Make certain that you have obtained an appointment from the Office of Academic Advisement. Students without appointments will be seen at the end of the appropriate day.


Please do not email. We will not approve plans other than in person, nor will we email you.

Students who do not have their plans approved on the appropriate date may do so through December 5 but risk being closed out of classes. Students must check their financial accounts on the Student Self-Service Portal and clear any holds before attempting to register.

Students will then register via the Student Self-Service Portal for approved classes, according to the following schedule:
Seniors – Thursday, November 29, starting at 9 am
Juniors – Friday, November 30, starting at 9 am
Sophomores – Monday, December 3, starting at 9 am

If students find that they are closed out of any approved classes, they must return to the Office of Academic Advisement to seek approval for replacement classes. Additional choices should be placed on the educational plan for approval beforehand.

Foundation Program Students – Students will be placed in all classes by the Office of the Registrar. Note that in the spring semester, Foundation students take 4DD (FA 105) instead of Color. Students continue in 2DD, 3DD. Basic Drawing and the art history survey with their fall instructors.  All students must take Foundation Project SE 150.  Students will be registered in an HSS2 section that fits with their schedule. 

All students who do not register by midnight on December 5 must register on the first day of classes, Monday, January 14, 2019. A late registration fee of $100 will be charged by the Registrar at that time.

In certain circumstances program changes (Add/Drops) may be subject to a fee.  Please consult the registration information from the Office of Admissions and Records on this subject.  Students should therefore choose their classes carefully.  Please consult the Office of Academic Advisement no later than Tuesday, November 20to address any questions about your program of study and to avoid any misunderstanding of the published requirements of The Cooper Union.

Spring 2019 classes will begin on Monday, January 14, 2019 and will follow a Monday class schedule.

  • 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.