Cooper Union Orientation - Transition to College


New Cooper Union Students,

I hope this message finds you well and enjoying your summer.

As noted in previous messages, our goal is to provide you with weekly brief Orientation Bulletins leading up to the start of classes in late August. This week’s bulletin focuses on the transition from high school to college through the lens of your wellbeing. Topics to consider are the changes in your relationships with your family and friends from High School, building new relationships and forging new friendships, managing your personal physical and mental health needs as you transition into collegiate learning, understanding independence, developing and maintaining healthy habits, and managing college-level academic pressures.

The Cooper Union has partnered with the JED Foundation and is a proud member of the JED Campus Program. As part of our work with JED, we ask that all of our incoming students review the materials provided as part of JED’s Set To Go program. This program provides a series of topics for students and their families to discuss and review as they plan for the transition from high school to college.

Over this coming week, we hope you’ll take time to review these materials and begin to work through these important topics as you start your transition to The Cooper Union. You can access the Set To Go materials and information here.

There is a lot of information in these materials so please take your time reviewing them. There is no need to review all these materials this week, you can take as much time as you need.

Next week you will receive information about using the Microsoft 365 platform including the Teams program. We’ll be using Teams after next week to post information and provide you with a space to access materials and engage with each other and with us. You will receive information from IT next week.

I hope you’re all doing well and I’m looking forward to meeting you soon!

Until next week…


Chris Chamberlin
Dean of Students
The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

  • 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.