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  1. Academics
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  2. Value
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  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
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  5. Athletics
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  6. Party Scene
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  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
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  9. Dorms
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  11. Student Life
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7 East 7th Street
New York, NY 10003
Athletic Division
Athletic Conference
From The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

The Cooper Union was founded in 1859 in New York City. It is a top-ranked college committed to making education fair and accessible to all, granting every admitted undergraduate student a half-tuition scholarship as well as need-based aid.

Comprised of 3 schools specializing in architecture, art, and engineering, Cooper offers small, intimate classes organized around a culture of collaboration. The School of Architecture offers a five-year Bachelor of Architecture degree and Master of Science degree. The School of Art offers a four-year Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. The School of Engineering offers Bachelor and Master of Engineering degrees in chemical, civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in general engineering.

Throughout its history, Cooper has been a place where thinkers, builders, artists, activists, and dreamers have thrived and contributed to NYC and the world in large and small ways—being of this world and for this world.

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The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Application Deadline
January 5
Acceptance Rate
16%
SAT Range
1300-1530
ACT Range
30-35
Application Fee
$75
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$28,366/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$34,918/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
100%

Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
6:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
75%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.12 responses
42%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.12 responses
8%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.12 responses

Majors

Architecture, Art, and Engineering

The School of Architecture offers a 5-year Bachelor of Architecture degree and a Master of Science in Architecture degree. The School of Art offers a 4-year Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. The School of Engineering offers Bachelor and Master of Engineering degrees in chemical, civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in general engineering.

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
856Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
2
Undergrads Over 25
3%
Pell Grant
21%
Varsity Athletes
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 5 responses
  • Dedicated
    40%
  • Brilliant, talented, and humble
    20%
  • Busy
    20%
  • Nerd, love math, motivated, but there are cool ppl
    20%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
67%
Poll
63%
of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.8 responses
Poll
62%
of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.13 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 7 responses
  • Challenging
    71%
  • Hard
    29%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $64,900/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    91%
    National
    49%
    Employed 2 Years After Graduation
    93%
    National
    83%
    100%
    of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.7 responses

    The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art Reviews

    88 reviews
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    I went here and studied engineering on a full tuition scholarship. I met some of the smartest people I know here and have very strong friendships with them years after graduating.

    The college is primarily a teaching college where professors both teach the courses and grade the course work. There are only a handful of large (100+ student) lecture style courses where there are teacher's assistants who grade assignments. Other courses contain a maximum of 35 students. The professors are very approachable and helpful and typically know the names of each student.

    The first year of engineering is usually when students who have a weak math or science backgrounds struggle the most and potentially drop out. Engineering students who complete their education are typically able to get a starting job salary of 80k or more. Some of my friends who landed jobs in Finance or Tech started with compensation upward of 200k in their first year.
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    My first and second semester at cooper have been an intense experience. It feels like a never ending cycle of stress, work, & depression. The work load is heavy and I've learned a lot. But, mostly art history and how to critique artwork. Cooper is very dependent on its "reputation" and it is a lot of talk. Students here like to talk about ideas and about how talented they are and about cooper's prestige, but visually it does not correlate. My relationship to my professors is borderline abusive. I find myself having panic attacks before class. I have a 3.7 gpa, but I'm killing myself for it. The students are extremely cold and the classes do not interact with each other. I have a few positive friends but otherwise it's a competitive and dark environment. Most students are more concerned with than image than their artwork. It's rare to have a genuine conversation with anyone. Everyone is high or drunk constantly. If you value sleep and mental health, this is NOT the school for you!
    Organized and planned. Most of the online instruction conducted was smooth sailing. They did not use zoom, but used Microsoft Teams, which was well thought out. Sharing files, posting class notes, and organizing meeting times ran smoothly because Microsoft Teams platform was one with Microsoft Outlook.