Welcome Week 2024

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Cooper Union's New Student Orientation programs begin over the summer. During the months of June, July, and August there will be a series of virtual courses and opportunities to connect with peers and fellow students. Details will be provided as we get closer to the summer but do know that the asynchronous on-line courses are required and must be completed before arriving on campus. Don't worry - they won't take too much time and might actually be fun. We do guarantee you will learn essential information that will be pivotal to your success as a student here. 

Welcome Week will be an in-person series of workshops, experiences, and social engagements to prepare you for the start of this new adventure! Welcome Week begins on Wednesday, August 21, 2024 and run through Sunday, August 25, 2024. Classes begin on Monday, August 26, 2024. Attendance at our on-campus Welcome Week activities is essential. Students who cannot attend will miss key information including the time spent meeting peers and building new friendships. During Welcome Week, you will meet key faculty, advisors, staff, and peers and build bonds and friendships that will last throughout your time at Cooper Union and beyond. 

The full schedule for Summer Orientation and Welcome Week 2024 is still being finalized and will be available here in late May. In the meantime, please review essential information found on our Fall 2024 Admitted Students page found here

All new students should plan to be in New York City for this in-person Welcome Week starting Wednesday, August 21, 2024.

  • 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.