Fall 2021 New Student Orientation

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Orientation 2021

We are hard at work planning for a robust Orientation experience for you! 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. 

SAVE THE DATE - New Student Welcome Week - August 24, 2021, through August 29, 2021.

Welcome Week will be an in-person series of workshops, experiences, and social engagements to prepare you for the start of this new adventure! While note technically mandatory, attendance at our Welcome Week activities is strongly encouraged. You will meet key faculty, staff, and peers throughout this week and building bonds and friendships that will last throughout your time at Cooper Union and beyond. We will be hosting in-person and virtual Parent Orientation Sessions on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 - details will be forthcoming. 

Starting the week of July 12th, we'll be sending you weekly New Student Newsletters to help you prepare for your arrival on campus in late August. Our Welcome Week program will build off the materials provided over the summer. 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.  

Please be on the lookout for the first weekly New Student Newsletter on Monday, July 12, 2021.

  • 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.