Cooper Union For The Advancement Of Science And Art

Cooper Union For The Advancement Of Science And Art

The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, often referred to as Cooper Union, was founded by American industrialist Peter Cooper in 1859. The campus of the institute is located in Manhattan, New York.

Cooper Union offers bachelor's degrees in the fields of architecture, fine arts, science, engineering, humanities, and social sciences. Master of Architecture degrees are also available. Programs are offered through the following academic divisions:

  • Albert Nerken School of Engineering
  • Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture
  • School of Art

Cooper Union's athletics department sponsors teams in cross country, basketball, tennis, volleyball, and soccer. Some of the eminent alumni of the school include inventor Thomas Edison, filmmaker Thom Fitzgerald, painter Donald Baechler, wildlife artist Guy Coheleach, and Bob Kane, the creator of Batman.

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Contacting Cooper Union

Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
7 East 7th Street
New York , NY 10003-7120
General Phone: (212) 353-4000

Cooper Union Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Engineering122engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering
Fine Arts75fine arts
Architecture and Planning30architecture

Number of programs and degrees for Cooper Union in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree2157
Master's degree124

Cooper Union Student Body

In 2007-2008, Cooper Union had a total enrollment of 957 students (1,007 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 65%
Women 35%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 94%
Graduate 6%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 43%
Black 5%
Hispanic 8%
Asian 17%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 10%
(Foreign Students) 17%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 32%
20-21 38%
22-24 19%
25-29 8%
30-34 1%
35-39 1%
40-49 0%

Cooper Union Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 95 %

Cooper Union Room and Board (2007)

Cooper Union offers campus housing for 179 of its 1,007 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of New York, New York for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other New York Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Cooper Union Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal620710
SAT Math640780
SAT Writing620710
ACT Verbal2630
ACT Math2831
ACT Composite2731

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencerequired
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT94%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT5%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Cooper Union Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 34,450
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 34,450
Room and board $ 13,700
Room charge $ 9,700
Books and supplies $ 1,400
Other expenses $ 2,205

Financial Aid:
Cooper Union participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 271000)

Cooper Union Faculty

Cooper Union has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track112
Non-tenured and not on tenure track10

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year23$104,3289$103,557
Associate professoracademic year8$81,5213$79,173
Assistant professoracademic year8$65,4712*
All faculty totalacademic year39$91,67914$93,752

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Cooper Union Degree Programs (2007)

Architecture And Planning
Architecture (BArch, BA/BS, MArch, MA/MS, PhD)

Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering, General
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering, General
Mechanical Engineering

Fine Arts
Fine/Studio Arts, General

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What Sets Cooper Union Apart:

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