Fall 2020 New Student Orientation

We are hard at work planning for a robust Orientation experience for you! Orientation information will continue to be updated here. 

We will be communicating with you throughout the summer to start preparing you for your studies at Cooper Union and for the new experiences and relationships you’ll be building. 

We’ll begin with some materials for you to review and think through and then as we enter August, we’ll begin providing more in-depth information about your new student experience. All of this is designed to help provide you with the tools, resources, skills, and connections that you’ll need when you officially join our community in late August.  

Here is an initial schedule of the topics and themes we’ll be covering with you during the Orientation period before classes begin:

Week of July 13 -        Transitioning from High School to College 
Week of July 20 -        Cooper Union Educational Systems and Technology 
Week of July 27 -        Student Life – Clubs, Organizations, and Student Government; Meet your Peer Mentor
Week of August 3 -     Academic Welcome; Career Development and the World of Work 
Week of August 10 -   Essentials of Self Care
Week of August 17 -   Week of August 17, 2020 - 2 Weeks Before Classes 
Week of August 24 -   Week of August 24, 2020 - 1 Week Before Classes 


Orientation Schedule - Week of August 24, 2020

For our Intersectional Justice Reading Groups, please refer to an email from your specific instructor for details on your reading and how to join the discussion. These reading discussion groups are touching on very important topics and themes that you will continue to engage with during your time at Cooper. If there is a schedule conflict, we strongly encourage you to attend the Intersectional Justice Reading Group discussion and watch the video recording for the session that you miss on the Teams platform.

Monday, August 24, 2020

4:00PM – Intersectional Justice Reading Group (Instructor: Menon)

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

10:00AM – School of Architecture – Meet the Administrative Staff 


11:00AM – School of Engineering - Chemical Engineering Faculty and New Student Meet and Greet (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84555689125?pwd=dlpocnhuZkR4UTh2WXlBbGxxV25ydz09&from=msft)

11:00AM – Intersectional Justice Reading Group (Instructor: Spector)

1:30PM – Intersectional Justice Reading Group (Instructor: Helal)

2:00PM – Intersectional Justice Reading Group (Instructor: Marsalis)

4:00PM – School of Engineering - Civil Engineering Faculty and New Student Meet and Greet (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85897758553?pwd=RWNSMlhlNWhtRGlvbUtGenZqQU5ydz09&from=msft)

6:00PM – Intersectional Justice Reading Group (Instructor: Jackson)

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

10:30AM – Intersectional Justice Reading Group (Instructor: Rodriguez Beltran)

11:00AM – School of Architecture – Meet the First Year Advisors


1:30PM – Intersectional Justice Reading Group (Instructor: Moon)

2:00PM – Writing Center Introduction

4:00PM – Intersectional Justice Reading Group (Instructor: Verma)

6:00PM – School of Art – Meet the Advising Team


Thursday, August 27, 2020

11:00AM – International Student Check In and Status Information Session with Hala Alkasm 

This session is required for all F-1 students studying in the US and is highly recommended for ALL international students


12:00PM – School of Engineering - Mechanical Engineering Faculty and New Student Meet and Greet (https://cooper.zoom.us/j/92091913410?pwd=VmFETStDMXhKbjhodnh1WnR5Um03dz09)

12:00PM – School of Architecture – Meet the First Year Faculty


2:00PM – Intersectional Justice Reading Group (Instructor: Ojo-Ajayi)

3:00PM – School of Engineering - School Wide Faculty and New Student Meet and Greet (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82405989048?pwd=OVBvOUlMeVlGdmlmTXBMd05DdDdPUT09&from=msft)

3:00PM – Intersectional Justice Reading Group (Instructor: Brock)

5:00PM – Virtual Walking Tour of The Cooper Union Neighborhood


Please join Jack Eichenbaum CHE'63 for a virtual walking tour of the East Village where The Cooper Union is located. On our "walk" we will stop at notable places where photos will accompany commentary from Jack, who was an Engineering student at Cooper from 1959-1963. Jack later went on to earn a Ph.D. in urban geography. He is New York City’s Queens Borough Historian and has offered walking tours all over New York City for many years. The virtual tour will be followed by a Q&A session, and Cooper alumni will be invited to share their memories and experiences of the neighborhood via the chat function in Zoom.

8:00PM – Engineering First-Year Faculty and Students Meet and Greet 

Meeting ID: 518 882 8925

Friday, August 28, 2020

9:00AM – Cooper Climate Coalition Workshop

Please Join the Cooper Climate Coalition for an orientation in all things climate related happening @ Cooper Union! Who are we? We are an open body of students, faculty, and staff at The Cooper Union, who facilitate conversations, events, and student projects within the institution that center the Climate Crisis and its intersections with races, classes, genders, sexualities, histories, economies, political structures and more. Along with organizing Cooper Union’s Climate Week programs and events in the fall, the Climate Coalition takes responsibility for fostering interdisciplinarity throughout The Cooper Union in support of environmental action.


Meeting ID: 999 2159 3040


10:00AM – School of Engineering - Electrical Engineering Faculty and New Student Meet and Greet 

Meeting ID: 879 0778 9979
Passcode: 369093

10:00AM  School of Engineering - BSE/General Engineering Faculty and New Student Meet and Greet

Meeting ID: 992 3719 5848
Passcode: 108005

1:00PM – Intersectional Justice Reading Group (Instructor: Griffiths)

2:00PM – Engineering First-Year Faculty and Students Meet and Greet

Meeting ID: 518 882 8925

Monday, August 31, 2020

Classes Begin!! 

Orientation programs and updates will continue throughout the fall 2020 semester as you begin your studies with us.

Beginning July 13, 2020, new students will be provided with a weekly Orientation Bulletin that outlines the topics of that week and provides you with the key resources you’ll need as you continue your journey with us. Once released, the bulletins will be linked above. Resources will be a combination of videos, virtual meetings, online courses, and materials to read and review. All these materials will also be housed in one central location for you to access throughout your first year and beyond. More information about how and when to begin accessing this central location will be sent in a later Orientation Bulletin and will be our focus the week of July 20.

In addition to the topics and themes noted above, we’ll also be offering regular virtual social activities for you to engage in where you can get to know your fellow new students as well as begin to get to know our current student body. We’ll provide regular updates to you these opportunities to engage and we’ll also include them in the weekly Orientation Bulletins. These social events will also be publicized on the class Facebook group. 

Graduate students:  You will receive information directly from your academic program and/or graduate advisor with details about welcoming you into your programs.  

  • 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.