Post-Graduate Outcomes


Students and graduates of The Cooper Union pursue a variety of ways to advance their personal, educational, and professional growth, including internships, research experiences, employment, freelance work, graduate study, grants, and fellowships. They may also seek professional licensure. Among engineering graduates of the class of 2020, 95% were employed, enrolled in graduate school or other activities, within 6 months of graduation. Follow-up surveys of architecture and art graduates of the class of 2020 are currently underway. Beyond-Cooper is a document that offers samples of their professional pursuits and accomplishments.

  • 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.