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Peter Cooper established a school so that young men and women of all backgrounds would have the formal education that was unavailable to him, an education that could transform lives and, therefore, society. The Cooper Union has flourished for more than 150 years, still true to its founder’s enlightened vision, because of the generosity of countless individuals who have shared his view of education as the bedrock of a prosperous and democratic society. Today, more than ever, Cooper Union depends upon your support to educate, in Cooper’s words, “soaring minds” who will “secure the greatest good to the greatest number of youth in our City, our country, and the world.”

The Cooper Union gratefully accepts donations via check or credit card.  If you prefer, you may mail or fax a gift by filling out our donation form.  Please return this form to:

The Cooper Union
30 Cooper Square, 8th floor
New York, NY 10003
(212) 353-4327 (fax)

  • 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.