Transfer – Engineering

Admissions Process

Preference for transfer is given to those applicants that have completed all of Cooper Union's first year program at another accredited college. If space is available, students are admitted on the basis of prior college records. It may be necessary to wait until late June for a decision.
STEP 1 Submit the first part of your application online by Monday, January 6, 2020

You will receive a confirmation email from the Office of Admissions.

You will have to prepare and submit by Monday, January 6, 2020:
  • Your official high school transcript or GED certificate (required for all applicants)
  • Your official college transcripts (sent directly from the college or university)
  • Recommendation letters (2-3)
  • Your SAT or ACT scores (sent directly from the College Board and/or ACT)*
  • The school of engineering does not require SAT Subject Tests, but will consider scores for Subject Tests in Math and Science in admissions should they be submitted
  • Official TOEFL scores, if applicable**
  • Engineering Writing Supplement (The Writing Supplement is submitted via the Common Application)

Send all materials to: 
The Office of Admissions 
30 Cooper Square, 3rd Floor 
New York, NY 10003

or you can email them to:

If you submit your Common Application as an Art or Architecture applicant and wish to submit an additional application to Engineering, you will not be able to access the Engineering Writing Supplement via the Common App. Instead, once the Office of Admissions receives your Additional Application(s) Form indicating that you wish to apply to the School of Engineering, we will send you a confirmation email containing a link to the Writing Supplement.

*Under certain circumstances, we will waive the SAT/ACT requirement. Generally, only transfer students and/or non-traditional students' requests to waive the standardized testing requirement are considered. You must be able to prove you have had at least one year of college-level math and college-level English to apply for the waiver. The Admissions staff will then consider your request and notify you if you can waive the SAT/ACT requirement. Please email for more information. 

You will receive an admission decision by the end of June.

**Applicants whose native language is not English and who have not graduated from a secondary school in a country with English as the official medium of instruction are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and submit official scores to the Office of Admissions. Click here for more information regarding International Applicants.


  • 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.