Fall 2018 New Student Orientation

**The Fall 2018 New Student Orientation schedule listed below is subject to change. The dates of orientation are firm, but the specific schedule and events may change.**

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

7am – Noon
Residence Hall Move In

Noon – 2pm
International Student and Family Gathering

2pm – 4pm
Welcome Address - President Sparks and Leadership
Welcome Reception - Parents, Families and Students

4pm - 5pm
Parent and Family Goodbyes

5:30pm - 6:30pm
Orientation Overview (New Students Only)

6:30pm - ?
Joint Student Council Evening Social Activities


Thursday, August 30, 2018

8am - 11am
Rose Auditorium, 41 Cooper Square

Math Placement Exam (Engineering Students Only)

9am – Noon
Academic Programs Orientation (Including Academic Integrity)

Noon – 1:30pm
Community Lunch

1:30pm – 3pm
Financial Aid, Student Financial Services and Student Information Systems: Access and Use

3pm – 5pm
Writing Center Diagnostic

5pm – 6pm
Student Affairs / Dean of Student Support Services (Includes Student Care, Student Activities and Career Development)

6:30pm - 8pm
Cooper Union History and Traditions followed by Dinner and Alumni Dessert Welcome

8pm - 10pm
InterVarsity Dorm Auction


Friday, August 31, 2018

8am - 10am
Electrical Engineering ECE-160 Placement Exam

10am – 11:30am
Understanding F-1 Status and United States Health Insurance (International Student Session)

11:30am – 1:00pm
Sexual Health and Misconduct: Resources and Procedures

1pm – 2pm
Wellness Lunch

2pm – 3pm
Safety & Security

3pm – 4pm
Who is Cooper Union? Supporting Student Diversity and Inclusion

4pm – 5pm
Cooper Union Athletics Info Session

5pm – 6pm
Social Dinner

6pm - 9pm
Chinese Student Association Movie Night


Saturday, September 1, 2018

10am – 12pm
Zeta Psi Breakfast

12pm – 2pm
Chinese Yo-yo Intro/Tryout

12pm – 2pm
NY Water & Environmental Association: Smoothies in Tompkins Square Park

1pm – 3pm
Chemists’ Club Picnic

3pm – 5pm
Steel Bridge Mission Impossible

4pm – 6pm
SpaceX Hyperloop Competition

5pm – 7pm
Institute of Transportation Engineerings Subway Scavenger Hunt

7pm – 9pm
Open Mic with The Coopertones


Sunday, September 2, 2018

10:00am – 12pm
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship NYC Church Crawl and Brunch

12pm – 2pm
Peer Mentor Lunch

2pm – 3:30pm
Engineering Student Council Ice Cream, Trivia and Q&A

3:30pm - 5pm
Make A Dance Video with CooperNova

5pm – 6:30pm
Society of Women Engineers Picnic

6:30pm – 9pm
Cooper Motorsports & ASME: MechE Madness: Mousetraps, Mario Kart, Motorsports & ASME


Monday, September 3, 2018 (Labor Day)

10am – 11am
The Pioneer Interest Meeting

11am – 1pm
Culture Club Brunch

12:30pm – 2pm
Foosball Tournament with the Cooper Union Soccer Team

1pm – 3pm
Cooper Hillel Tour of Downtown Jewish Life

2pm – 4pm
Black Student Union Meet and Greet

3pm – 4:30pm
Juggling Club: Juggling 101

4pm – 7pm
Zeta Psi Field Day

6pm – 8pm
IEEE Welcome

8pm – 9:30pm
Art Student Council Info Session and Snacks

  • 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.