COVID-19 Testing Protocols

As an extra precaution to keep everyone safe as the Omicron Variant is causing breakthrough cases for the vaccinated, all students, faculty, and staff will continue to be required to provide a negative COVID-19 test each week to enter the campus buildings.

The college will continue to provide on-campus testing.  Testers will be on campus Monday – Friday starting on January 31st.

If you intend to use on-campus testing and have never been tested on campus, please PRE-REGISTER. If you do not it takes significantly longer to process your test. Registration is only required the first time you test on campus.

Enter the Astor Place Entrance of the Foundation Building and follow the directions to testing outside the Great Hall.

Beginning on January 31st, 2022:

MONDAY                     7:30 AM – 6:00 PM      

TUESDAY                     7:30 AM – 5:00 PM      

WEDNESDAY              9:00 AM – 5:00 PM* Testers break from 12:00pm – 1:00 pm     

THURSDAY                  9:00 AM – 5:00 PM* Testers break from 12:00pm – 1:00 pm     

FRIDAY                         7:30 AM – 5:00 PM      


We will continue to permit students, faculty and staff to be tested off campus and send the results to  The College will accept results from home test kits if the results have been verified by a third-party testing company. There are a number of mail-in versions. For anyone who has health insurance through the Cooper Union health plan, the expense of testing by independent test sites is covered under our plan. 

COVID-19 tests taken as early as Friday of the preceding week will be valid through the following week. (This is an update to the current policy, which allowed for tests from the Thursday of the preceding week.) The tests can be from an on-campus test result or a result submitted to No one will be permitted to enter if their external COVID-19 test results have not been submitted to There is no longer a requirement that these tests be submitted 24 hours before entering the campus, but they must be submitted before entering the campus. 

  • 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.