Frequently Asked Questions

How do I request an application fee waiver? 

There are three steps: 1) start your application, 2) email with your name as it appears on the application, 3) wait for an email confirming your fee waiver and then submit your application.

How do I apply for financial aid?

To request financial aid, complete the supplemental financial aid form attached to the main application. Full and half tuition scholarships are awarded based on need. Priority is given to students from New York City.

When and where are classes held?
The program runs for 6 weeks, 4 days per week (Monday-Thursday, 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM).  Classes are held in the Cooper Union Albert Nerken School of Engineering’s building located at 41 Cooper in the East Village in New York City.

Who can apply to the program?
Any student that is a high school sophomores or juniors in the 2019-2020 school year and lives in the Greater NYC area or wants to spend the summer in NYC can apply.  We do not sponsor visas for international students.

What are the class sizes?
There are 16-24 students in each class. Within a class, students  are divided into teams of 3-4.

How many students will be enrolled?
We anticipate that the total enrollment to be over 200 students.  

How much does the program cost?
The program cost for 2020 is TBD.  This includes all lab fees, materials and field trips.

When will the tuition be due?
Tuition is due within 10 days after you receive your offer email. Tuition includes a $500 nonrefundable fee for withdrawal.

What happens if I do not accept my offer before the deadline?
Seats will be given to wait listed students. If you do not accept and pay your tuition by the deadline, you can request to be added to the wait list.

When will I be notified of an admissions decision?
Students will be notified of an admissions decision in  mid-April.

Is there a Student Orientation? 

The student orientation takes place in morning on the first day of the program. Students will report to Great Hall at 7 East 7th St, the Foundation Building.  Check in will begin at 9:00 am.

Is there assistance for transportation? In past years, students received Metrocards form the New York Department of Education to cover transportation on NYC subways and buses. We are waiting for confirmation for 2020. If provided, students receive their Metrocard on the first day of the program. Other transportation costs are not covered. 

For students traveling via other railways:  The Long Island Railroad provides discounted students tickets.  Complete the LIRR Application for a Student Ticket and mail/deliver the completed original to us below.  Note that you will need to complete separate forms for July and August.

Cooper Union does not currently participate in Metro-North or NJ Transit student ticket programs.

Will participating in this program help me get into Cooper Union?
The experience will give the student a chance to explore Cooper Union as a potential college choice. Acceptance into a Summer STEM class is not a guarantee of admittance to Cooper Union.

Does Cooper Union provide housing to Summer Program students?
Cooper Union does NOT provide housing for students in the summer program. A student from outside the New York area will be expected to plan for his or her own accommodations.

Is there a dress code?
No, there is no dress code. Students should dress comfortably and appropriately for their work both inside in classroom and in the laboratory.  Some laboratories have specific dress codes (no open-toe shoes, no loose clothing, pants, etc) which will be reviewed by the instructor and TA's before work begins.

  • 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.