Welcome Week

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 not 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. 

Returning students, especially returning second year students, are welcome and encouraged to attend Welcome Week events!

All-Cooper Picnic - Rain or Shine

Join us in the Peter Cooper Park outside the Foundation Building for a Welcome Back Picnic on Saturday, August 28, 2021, beginning at 1pm. Students, parents, faculty and staff are welcome. BBQ/picnic fare (including vegan/vegetarian/kosher options) provided. Play games, eat, (re)connect with one another, and meet the newest members of our community.

 

Thursday, August 26, 2021

9 – 10:00am
Archives and Library Workshop Session
Rose Auditorium, 41 Cooper Square

10:00am – 12:00pm
Center for Writing Workshop
Rose Auditorium, 41 Cooper Square
Meet some of the Cooper Union’s Writing Associates — who are scholars (of history and dance and literature and more), poets and fiction writers. And find out how they can help you do your best work at Cooper.

12 – 2:00pm
International Student Meeting - MANDATORY FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
Room LL101, 41 Cooper Square
Mandatory Check-in meeting with Cooper’s PDSO and valuable information on how to keep your F-1 immigration status valid.

2 – 5:00pm
Academic Program Welcome Events

School of Engineering

School of Architecture

School of Art

5pm  
Welcome to Cooper Union! A Welcome from President Sparks
Great Hall, Foundation Building
Enjoy a formal welcome to The Cooper Union from President Laura Sparks. Following President Sparks’ welcome, Mike Essl, Dean of the School of Art, will give a dynamic presentation on the impact Cooper Union has had on his life – this is not to be missed!

8pm
Ice Cream Social with Student Councils
41 Cooper Square, 8th Floor, Alumni Terrace
Grab some ice cream, hang out with fellow students, and hear more from our student leaders on campus on how you can get involved! 

Friday, August 27, 2021

10am
School of Art Exchange Student Orientation
Zoom Meeting -  https://cooper.zoom.us/j/93943716585
Meet with exchange director Professor Beverly Joel to discuss academic expectations and opportunities for the semester.

10 – 11:30am
Center for Career Development Workshop
Great Hall, Foundation Building
Whether your goal is to become an architect, artist, engineer, or something else entirely, it is never too early to start preparing to achieve your goals. The Center for Career Development works with students as early as their first semester. Join the staff at this session to meet the staff and learn:

  • How the Center can help you get jobs, internships, and other opportunities.
  • How to use our job and internship board, Handshake.
  • How to make career counseling appointments.
  • And more!   

11:30am – 1:00pm
Student Care and Wellbeing – Essentials for Self-Care
Great Hall, Foundation Building
During this session, our Student Care Coordinators will discuss common mental health concerns among college students and how to identity these concerns in oneself. Additionally, this session will provide students with information regarding supportive resources available at Cooper Union and throughout NYC. The session will include tips and resources to engage in self-care and suggestions on how to stay healthy and be successful at Cooper Union.

1 – 2:00pm
Lunch – Provided by Cooper Union
41 Cooper Square Lobby

2 – 4:00pm
Intersectional Justice Reading Groups and Discussions
Rose Auditorium, 41 Cooper Square
Through a series of discussions of communally selected theory, poetry, fiction, video clips, and non-fiction, broadly organized around the theme of intersectional justice, the small group discussions ask us to pay attention, and to collectively forge a path towards clarity and justice. The resonance between and among texts is as beautiful as it is urgent. We meet as a group in the Rose Auditorium and then individual instructors will break off with their small groups. Students should have received a separate message with details about their instructor and materials to review prior to the small group discussions. If you have questions, please email Nada Ayad, Associate Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, at nada.ayad@cooper.edu

6pm
East Village Tour and Walkabout
Meet in Front of Foundation Building
Learn about all the amazing opportunities throughout your new home – the East Village! College Orientation Guides will lead a tour through the best that the East Village has to offer!

8pm
Karaoke and Pizza
Student Residence Hall Menschel Room, 4th Floor
Join us for some karaoke and pizza in the Residence Hall! 

Saturday, August 28, 2021

10am
Planting Party
Menschel Room, 4th Floor, Student Residence Hall
Looking to spruce up your space with new plants? Look no further! Come join RAs on the Menschel Terrace to re-pot some plants.

1 – 4:00pm
Campus Welcome Back Picnic
Peter Cooper Park – Outside Foundation Building

4pm
The Society of Women Engineers – First Year Student Meet & Greet
41 Cooper Square, Room 104
This event will be an opportunity to meet other incoming students and introduce you to the SWE community. Come join us for a SWEet time!

4pm
ASME - Student & Faculty Meet & Greet
41 Cooper Square, 8th Floor, Alumni Terrace
Get to meet your peers and professors and learn more about the Mechanical Engineering department. There will be fun activities, games, and Food!

4pm - 5pm
Campus Biking Tour - Cooper Cycling
Meet Outside Foundation Building
Come along for a quick and fun tour around campus, learn about cycling life, and see some cool cycling tricks. Bike repairs may be offered as well. 

4pm - 4:45pm
Cooper Climate Coalition Meet and Greet
Room 101, 1st Floor, 41 Cooper Square
Come learn about the Coalition and explore the ways that Climate interests with our studies here at Cooper. This time is designed to provide you with information about the Coalition, get access to more in-depth literature, and meet like-minded members of community. The Climate Coalition has made a profound impact on Cooper and on climate initiative in the broad sense through many speakers and initiatives and their Climate Week programming. Come and be part of this work! 

4:15pm
High Line & Little Island Tour – Hosted by ASCE/ITE/NYWEA/SEAoNY
Meet in Lobby of 41 Cooper Square
Come explore two of the coolest structures in Manhattan! Meet some incoming students and upperclassmen, get to know the area around Cooper Union, and enjoy some food along the way!

5pm
The Society of Women Engineers – Sophomore Meet & Greet
41 Cooper Square, Room 104
Join us to learn more about the SWE community and get to know your classmates in-person through our planned activities.

7pm
Dorm Auction – Hosted by InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
Menschel Room, 4th Floor, Student Residence Hall
Fake money but real prizes! Join us for a fun and friendly night of auctioning various school supplies, household items, meals, & so much more!

Sunday, August 29, 2021

10:30am
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship – Church Crawl
Meet in front of 29 Third Ave Student Residence Hall
Interested in finding a church around Cooper? Join Cooper Union InterVarsity for our annual church crawl. Every Sunday starting Aug. 29th, we'll be exploring new churches together to find YOUR next church.

4pm - 6pm
Jewish Downtown Walking Tour - Cooper Union Hillel
Meet in lobby of 41 Cooper Square
Meet the Cooper Union Jewish community and have a blast while learning about important locations for Jewish life downtown and have some delicious pizza. 

4pm - 6pm
Mouse Trap - Cooper Union Motor Sports
LL101, 41 Cooper Square, Lower Level
Do you have a need for speed? Join the Cooper Union Motorsports Team and participate in the mousetrap racing event, meet team and socialize! Hope to see you there! 

4pm - 6pm
Group Cycling - Cooper Cycling Club
Meet Outside Foundation Building
Come along on a ride with us from Cooper Union's Foundation Building to Hudson Yards and back again all while enjoying the scenic view of Hudson River Greenway Bike Path. Please bring a bike if you can, or we will help you rent a Citi-Bike. 

4pm - 4:45pm
Cooper Climate Coalition Meet and Greet
Room 101, 1st Floor, 41 Cooper Square
Come learn about the Coalition and explore the ways that Climate interests with our studies here at Cooper. This time is designed to provide you with information about the Coalition, get access to more in-depth literature, and meet like-minded members of community. The Climate Coalition has made a profound impact on Cooper and on climate initiative in the broad sense through many speakers and initiatives and their Climate Week programming. Come and be part of this work! 

5pm - 7pm
Dance Workshop - CooperNova Dance Team
Room 104, 41 Cooper Square, Main Level
Looking for a fun time before classes start? Come learn a beginner hip-hop routine at CooperNova's open dance workshop. ALL LEVELS WELCOMED - the complete novice to the experienced dancer. The vibes will be great! 

5pm - 8pm
Sustainability Meet and Greet - Hosted by Cooper Climate Coalition, Cooper Union Sustainable Agricultural Project (CUSAP), BioArt, and Garden Club
Alumni Terrace, 8th Floor, 41 Cooper Square
Want to learn about different sustainability projects at Cooper? There will be live music, vegan food, seed bomb making and garden beautification!  

6pm - 7pm
Circus Club Tricks - Circus Culture Club
Meet Outside Foundation Building
The Circus Culture Club will be performing and demonstrating our tricks including juggling, unicycling, and Acro yoga. Come by to join us or watch - and have a blast! 

8pm 
Open Mic Night - The Coopertones
41 Cooper Square, 8th Floor, Alumni Terrace
This event will allow current & incoming students and faculty to showcase their talents - whether it be through song, instruments, poetry, etc.

Monday, August 30, 2021

First Day of Classes!!!

 

  • 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.