Cooper Union Ranked #1: U.S. News Best Colleges 2013

POSTED ON: September 12, 2012

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Cooper Union continues its ranking as one of the top U.S. schools, rated #1 on the Best Regional Colleges (North) list for the second year in a row by the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges, 2013 edition.  The annual guidebook also put Cooper among the top national schools in general undergraduate engineering (#6), mechanical engineering (#3) and electrical/electronic/communications engineering (#2).  Additionally, the guidebook ranked Cooper Union as the #1 Best Value among regional colleges in the North. 

“We are pleased to once again receive high rankings on a variety of lists published by U.S. News & World Report,” Mitchell Lipton, Cooper Union’s Dean of Admissions, responded.

Grouped among schools that primarily offer undergraduate degrees, and sub-divided by geographical region, Cooper Union achieved its top ranking by getting the highest combined score among 16 areas related to academic excellence, weighted by the editors of the guidebook, according to the guidebook FAQ.   Additionally, for the eighth year in a row, Cooper’s undergraduate engineering program ranks in the top ten of all schools offering a bachelor’s or masters degree, as voted on by deans and faculty of all such accredited schools.

Reacting to Cooper’s placement in the lists, Dean Lipton offered this advice: “We also encourage prospective students to use a variety of tools when evaluating the appropriateness of colleges that meet their academic and personal needs. That could include consulting with other web guides, school counselors, teachers, admissions offices, alumni, faculty etc.”

  • 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.