Admitted Students

Design by Darius, second-year School of Art student

Design by Darius, second-year School of Art student

Design by Orchid, first-year School of Art student

Design by Orchid, first-year School of Art student

Design by Orchid, first-year School of Art student

Design by Orchid, first-year School of Art student

Bridge and banner design by Dov and Frederick, third-year School of Architecture students

Bridge and banner design by Dov and Frederick, third-year School of Architecture students

Design by Orchid, first-year School of Art student

Design by Orchid, first-year School of Art student

Design by Michelene, first-year School of Art student

Design by Michelene, first-year School of Art student

Design by Orchid, first-year School of Art student

Design by Orchid, first-year School of Art student


Welcome to our small community of influential voices in architecture, art, and engineering. Just this year, alumni Daniel Arsham A'03 was named Creative Director for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Arsham is the first artist to ever hold the title which typically goes to a pop culture icon. There is also recent graduate Nithi Subbaian EE'20 who co-founded Impactful, a platform and online community for sharing career opportunities in technology for social good.

We encourage you to take this time to get to know us better—join us Sunday, April 11, 2021 for Admitted Student Day, reach out to a Cooper student ambassador, and join the Admitted Student Class of 2025 (and 2026 Architects) Facebook group.

You can find the steps we are taking to help combat COVID-19 in our community here and the work we are doing to be an anti-racist and inclusive institution here, in keeping with our historic legacy of education for all.

Before you join us in the fall and begin attending classes, you will need to complete some documents and forms. You are encouraged to bookmark this page so that you can easily find it and not miss any pertinent and time sensitive next steps. 


  • Respond to your Offer of Admission & Make your Deposit

    • Sign in to your student status portal here and respond to your offer of admission. The portal also contains instructions and login credentials to view your financial aid awards.

      Complete the following steps through the portal:
      1) Submit your Early Decision acceptance form

      This form serves as your official acceptance of our offer of admission. Once you accept your offer of admission, a deposit link will appear. In addition, you will receive an email with deposit instructions.

      2) Submit your non-refundable deposit of $1,135.00 (undergraduate) $1,400 (graduate)

      This deposit represents the student fee and lab materials fee for the fall semester.

      3) Set up your CooperID

      Set up your unique CooperID by following instructions here. Please be sure to activate this account as soon as possible, as you will receive important communications from Financial Aid, the Registrar, and Student Affairs through your email.

  • Virtual Admitted Students Day

  • Connect with your Classmates

    • Join The Cooper Union Official Class of 2025 (and 2026 Architects) Facebook group.  

After submitting your deposit

  • International Students: Complete your I-20 Application 

    • International students are required to submit an I-20 application. Instructions are available here.

    • When submitting your I-20 application, plan to complete it at least 4 months before coming into the U.S. The deadline to submit your I-20 application is Tuesday, June 1, 2021. 

  • Discuss your Financial Aid

    Make an appointment to meet with a member of the Financial Aid team to ask any question you may have regarding your aid. 

  • First-Year Students: Apply for Housing 

    Students in their first year may elect to stay in our Student Residence Hall, located three minutes away from campus. Applications for housing opens Monday, March 1, 2021. Please click here to fill out the housing application.

  • Submit your Final Transcripts

    • Send an official copy of your final transcript from your high school and/or college, certifying your graduation and/or completion of college coursework by Thursday, July 1, 2021. 

    • International Students: All official transcripts must be translated into English with the date of graduation clearly indicated. An official transcript includes a signature from a school official and a school stamp/seal.

  • Submit your Health Forms

    • You must submit a record of a physical examination by your physician, a record of your immunizations, and a form regarding your meningitis status. All required forms can be located and completed in your student status portal under the admitted student checklist tab. If you have questions or concerns about these forms, please contact Eric Conley in the office of student affairs at Please note, New York State requires proof of immunization from measles, mumps, and rubella before starting as a Cooper Union student.

    • While completing the health forms, students are encouraged to make contact with the dean of students, Chris Chamberlin, if they have specific questions about physical or mental health issues and/or disability accommodation services. Please email the dean of students at with any questions or concerns.

  • Register for your Classes 

    If you are entering Cooper as a first-year student, registration for your classes will begin in June 2021. Check back for more information. 

  • Chat with a Current Student

    Meet a current student and ask them about their Cooper story! 

  • Deferral Policy

    • Admitted students may request to defer their offer of admission for one year. Each deferral request will be reviewed by the Office of Admissions and considered on a case-by-case basis. 
    • Submission of a deferral request does not mean that your deferral request has been approved. You will receive a follow-up email regarding the approval or denial of your request once it has been thoroughly reviewed.
    • The Cooper Union considers the totality of the class in each program when admitting students. The class size and collaborative nature of the pedagogy demands this type of nuanced calculation. For that reason, deferral requests are carefully reviewed.
    • Considerations: 
      • Students may not defer in order to matriculate at another degree-granting college or university with the intention of receiving credit at The Cooper Union for any courses taken during the deferral. 
      • Admitted students whose deferral requests are approved must pay their nonrefundable enrollment deposit by May 1, 2021 in order to reserve their place at The Cooper Union for Fall 2022. Requests for deferral must be received before June 1, 2021 to be considered. 
      • A student's admission will not be officially deferred until the enrollment deposit is received.
      • A student’s award package may not remain the same and will be recalculated when the financial aid application is resubmitted. 
  • Summer School 2021

Please refer to our admitted student FAQ and reach out to with any questions. 

In addition, we have put together this resource guide. There are some redundancies but another good page to bookmark. We are excited to welcome you to the Cooper community!  

  • 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.