With the current high rate of contagiousness and infection from Omicron, we have made the decision to conduct all January classes remotely and to require, with limited exceptions, all employees without essential on-campus duties during this period to work from home through January 28th.  For more information on Covid-19 and the start of spring semester, please use this link to our Covid Response page.  

New Student Orientation

Orientation 2021

Welcome to the Cooper Union Family!

Congratulations on your acceptance into The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art!

We are overjoyed to be able to welcome you to campus in-person in August. It has been a difficult time for all of us, and as we begin to turn to the next chapter, we’re so grateful to be welcoming you into our family. We truly cannot wait to welcome you to Cooper Square.

Our on-campus Welcome Week for new students will begin on Tuesday, August 24, 2021. See the schedule.

Families can view a recording of the 2021 Family Welcome Session here

COVID-19 Requirements

The Cooper Union will require all students, faculty, and staff, except for those with a medical or religious exemption, to be vaccinated with an FDA-authorized or World Health Organization (WHO)-listed vaccine. See the vaccine requirement announcement for more details.

New Student Resources

Wondering about something? Visit the new student resources page to learn about

  • Housing
  • IT services
  • Heath forms
  • ID cards
  • Wellness
  • Class schedule
  • School-specific requirements
  • and more...



  • 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.