Cooper Union Orientation - Student Clubs and Student Government


New Cooper Union Students,

Greetings! I hope you all had a chance to look through last week’s Orientation Bulletin and have begun to explore the Teams platform. We’ll begin using Teams starting the week of August 3. If you have any Teams or IT questions, please send those to

This week we want to begin to introduce you to the availability of clubs, student organizations, and student government opportunities. This week you’ll also receive an email with the information about your Peer Mentor!

Cooper Union has a significant number of student clubs and organizations. When classes begin, we will have more virtual events to help get you connected with clubs that may be of interest to you. It is also important to know that if you have an interest, and there isn’t already a club or organization that represents that interest, you can request to start a new one. We encourage you to review the current list of clubs and student organizations. If you see a club that is interesting to you, click on it and you can learn more about it and even request to join. You can also learn more about the Joint Activities Committee, which is the student body that oversees our student clubs. 

Cooper Union also provides opportunities to be actively involved in what happens in our academic programs and across campus through our student government. Each of our three academic programs has their own student council. This week you’ll have an opportunity to meet with some of the current students from the student councils. This week’s Virtual Meet and Greet Meetings will be as follows:

Art Student Council

Monday, July 27, 2020, 1PM (EST)

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Engineering Student Council

Wednesday, July 29, 2020, 4PM (EST)

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Architecture Student Council

Thursday, July 30, 2020, 9PM (EST)

Zoom Link:

We hope you can join these meet and greet sessions but if you can’t, don’t worry. We will have many more opportunities for you to get involved with student government.

As a reminder, 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. Please check these early next week as there will be events posted soon! There are rumors of a Cooper Cinema Movie Night later this week….

If you haven’t had a chance to begin reviewing it yet, please be reminded of the Set To Go program. Again, 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.

Next week you will receive some more detailed information from your academic programs and have a chance to engage with our Center for Career Development. The Center for Career Development will be holding a workshop for you on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at 12:00PM (ETS)- please mark your calendars now! This session will be recorded and made available if you can’t make it. More details will be included in next week’s Bulletin.

I hope you are all doing well and enjoying your summer!

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.