Upcoming Events & Exhibitions

Commemorative Video Now Available

Watch the highlights of this year's graduation celebration

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John Leguizamo | Ghetto Nerd Power

Watch John Leguizamo share a monologue entitled, "Ghetto Nerd Power," live from the Great Hall. Streaming free for one night only on The Cooper Union's YouTube channel. Limited in-person tickets are now available.

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School of Architecture at the Venice Biennale

Students and faculty present "Microcosms & Schisms," that focuses on how to live together in New York City as the global spread of COVID-19 radically altered the ways in which we engage with reality and occupy space

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Commencement 2021/2020: The Photo Gallery

Stretching over eight hours and including two different graduating classes, it was a ceremony unlike any other

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Senior Snapshots 2021: School of Art

In this second installment of the 2021 Senior Snapshots, we meet Vyczie Dorado-Lopez, Kian McKeown, and Sydney Vernon from the School of Art

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  • 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.