Orientation - Cooper Union Orientation Update - Week of August 17, 2020


New Cooper Union Students,

Classes start in just under two weeks! I hope you’re excited to start your new adventure as we are to have you join our community.

This week we’ll recap some important highlights from the past several weeks and help lay some groundwork as you begin to prepare for the start of classes.

Next Week’s Schedule

Next week is the week before classes begin. There are several events on the schedule for next week and there will continue to be more added. Next week, we’ll send a daily reminder each morning of that day’s events. The current schedule for next week is live and can be found here. Please take some time to review the schedule and make sure you’re planning to attend these important events. Again, please pay attention to your email as there will likely be more events added as we progress through this week.

Intersectional Justice Reading Discussion Groups

You should have received an email from your small group instructor for next week’s small group reading discussion groups. Be sure to check your Cooper Union email for the details of your reading group. You can read about the instructors for this program here.

Academic Program Standards and Regulations

As you continue to get ready for the start of classes, please take time to review the various policies and procedures in place within your specific academic program. The academic standards and school specific regulations can be found here:

School of Architecture Academic Standards and Regulations

School of Art Academic Standards and Regulations

School of Engineering Academic Standards and Regulations

Representative John Lewis’s Talk in the Great Hall

Civil Rights champion, Representative John Lewis, spoke in the Great Hall at The Cooper Union on May 11, 2017. Representative Lewis spoke about his early life leading to his joining the Civil Rights Movements and about the work yet to be done. As a maker of “good trouble”, Representative Lewis offers insight into how we can move the world forward. As you approach the beginning of your first semester at The Cooper Union, I hope you’ll review this talk and reflect on Representative Lewis’s work as you start your work as a student at The Cooper Union. You can watch Representative Lewis’s talk here.


Orientation Team – You have all been added to the Orientation 2020 Teams Class on the Microsoft Teams platform. If you need a refresher, please refer to the IT Bulletin which can be found here. All the recorded content from Orientation sessions will be posted on the Teams platform. It will be good for you to get comfortable using Teams during Orientation as it will be heavily utilized in our classes when they begin. IT questions can be sent to ITSupport@cooper.edu.  

Set To Go Program – 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. If you haven’t started reviewing these materials, please do so.

Student Affairs Social Programs – Student Affairs has an active Instagram account where we regularly post events and opportunities to socialize and get to know fellow students. We encourage you to follow us on Instagram - @cooperunion_studentaffairs. We also maintain an active Linktree where you can see a listing of events that is updated regularly.

Again, please review next week’s evolving schedule here, plan to attend these events, and pay attention to updated and reminders through the next two weeks.

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.