Visit Cooper Union

The Cooper Union offers prospective students and their families the opportunity to visit campus through weekday tours and events. Due to the specialized nature of our academic programs, the schools of architecture, art, and engineering each have a separate tour and event schedule. If you are interested in more than one school at Cooper Union, you will need to register for a tour/event with each school. Registration is required for all tours and events. Select from the school-specific buttons below for more details and to register for tours and events. Contact the Office of Admissions at or 212-353-4120 with any questions or concerns.

Campus Tour and Event Schedules


Please note that due to security concerns, Cooper Union's buildings, including 41 Cooper Square and the Foundation Building, are not open to the public unless otherwise stipulated (i.e. an exhibition open to the public). Walk-in visitors to the academic buildings are not permitted. Please also note that all tours listed above are geared towards prospective applicants and, as such, the content covered during each tour will concern that respective academic program.

  • 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.