Cooper Union is a highly rated private college located in Manhattan, New York in the New York City Area. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 859 undergraduate students. Admissions is extremely competitive as the Cooper Union acceptance rate is 13%. Popular majors include Studio Arts, Mechanical Engineering, and Electrical Engineering. Graduating 85% of students, Cooper Union alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $42,500.
The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art Rankings
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- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.12 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.12 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.12 responses
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Freshmen Live On-Campus
- of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.8 responses
- of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.13 responses
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- 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
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!
Cooper students are driven, eccentric, and independent. They have their own vision and aren't afraid to speak up. The community you forge stays with you forever. It's true that Cooper tests your sanity. Students are prone to more than one melt down—this is a given. But the wealth of knowledge, dialogue, and support that is exchanged and brought to its limits is invaluable. You will become a more critical and self-aware maker, designer, and thinker. You will learn to carve your own path and defend your ambitions. You will work so hard that everywhere elsewhere will feel like a breeze. The experience is vital.
I'm a freshman in the school of art and couldn't be happier with my choice to come here! It's definitely not a traditional college, but it was the perfect fit for me. So far Cooper and living in the city has been a life changing experience.