Student Medical Care

Cooper Union does not provide direct medical care. When seeking any medical care students will need to use their own medical insurance.

For questions related to the Cooper Union student health insurance plan, including how to enroll, waiving coverage and health plan costs, please contact Charlie Xu, Director of Student Financial Services, at 212.353.4043 or

Our Student Care Coordinator and Counselor, Cassandra Jolicoeur, can assist students in finding local medical care providers. Student needing assistance should contact Cassandra at or at 212.353.4006.

All students should contact their insurance company prior to engaging with a healthcare provider to be 100% sure that the provider participates in their insurance plan. Whenever possible, students should also contact their insurance company in advance of any medical appointments or procedures to be sure they fully understand all of the costs associated with their care. Students are responsible for all costs associated with their healthcare.

Finding a healthcare provider can be a very personal decision. We all look for different qualities and characteristics when choosing who we trust our health care to. For this reason, The Cooper Union does not maintain a list of recommended healthcare providers. We encourage students to take some time to work with their insurance company and online resources such as ZocDoc and Health Grades to research healthcare providers and make an informed decision about which providers to utilize.

The Mount Sinai Health System is the closest major network of hospitals and physicians to The Cooper Union. While students are reminded that they are responsible for contacting their insurance company prior to engaging with a healthcare provider to be 100% sure that the provider participates in their insurance plan, the Mount Sinai Health System generally participates in insurance plans that are valid in New York City, including the Student Health Insurance offered by The Cooper Union.

The Mount Sinai Downtown – Union Square Care Center is located just blocks from Cooper Union.

There are a number of urgent care centers located in very close proximity to Cooper Union as well. Urgent Care centers also tend to accept a very wide range of insurance options. Local Urgent Care Centers include: Mount Sinai Doctors, City MD, and Northwell Health Urgent Care.

Students with questions about the student health insurance offered by The Cooper Union should visit the following site to print their ID card, obtain essential contact information, and to gather essential information about coverage and plan details:

  • 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.