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Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

No longer able to afford its tuition-free deal for all students but still generous to those with demonstrated need, the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art continues to offer outstanding candidates a superb education in art, architecture and engineering. The setting is urban as only the East Village of New York can be, with the Bowery feeding into Cooper Square and McSorley's Old Ale House of "We were here before you were born" (i.e. 1854) fame just down the block. Abraham Lincoln gave the speech that made him famous in the East here. Cooper Union is that profound a place.

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Selectivity
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Education Quality
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Influence
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Outcomes
Offers Baccalaureate Degrees, Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science

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No longer able to afford its tuition-free deal for all students but still generous to those with demonstrated need, the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art continues to offer outstanding candidates a superb education in art, architecture and engineering. The setting is urban as only the East Village of New York can be, with the Bowery feeding into Cooper Square and McSorley's Old Ale House of "We were here before you were born" (i.e. 1854) fame just down the block. Abraham Lincoln gave the speech that made him famous in the East here. Cooper Union is that profound a place.

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If you manage to get accepted into this technical institute, you get a full-tuition scholarship.

The Fiske Guide to Colleges

The institution is unique among its peers in that every admitted student is granted full tuition scholarship for all four years.

The Insider's Guide to Colleges

Not only do students need to have top academic accomplishments, but they also need to be a good fit.

The Princeton Review

Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art says

The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, established in 1859, is among the nation's oldest and most distinguished institutions of higher learning. The organization, the legacy of Peter Cooper, occupies a special place in the cultural fabric of American life.

Founded by industrialist, inventor and philanthropist Peter Cooper, Cooper Union houses schools of art, architecture and engineering, as well as a world-class faculty of humanities and social sciences.

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Student Life

Student Life

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Student Body

Total Undergraduates 868
Gender 64% Male / 36% Female
Geography 55% In State / 45% Out of State / 11% International
Socio-Economic Diversity 15% of students received Pell Grants, which are provided by the U.S. government to students from middle and lower income families. It gives you an idea of a school’s socio-economic diversity.
Ethnic Diversity
Percentage
White 36%
Multi-racial 4%
International 12%
Hispanic/Latino 8%
Ethnicity Unknown 14%
Black or African American 6%
Asian 18%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%
Greek Life 10% of male undergrads participate in Greek life
5% of female undergrads participate in Greek life

Housing

Campus housing is available for undergraduates. Housing deposit : $500.00. Housing deposit due : Jun 1. Housing deposit is refundable in full if student does not enroll.. Freshman allowed to have car. No pets.

10% of students live on-campus.

80% of freshman live on-campus.

10% of male students live in fraternities.

5% of female students live in sororities.

  • Coed Dorms
  • Housing Offered
  • Wellness Housing

Activities

Student Publications: Pioneer

  • Dance
  • Government or Political Activity
  • Literary Magazine
  • Student Newspaper
  • Yearbook
  • Choral Groups
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Musical Theater
  • Music Ensembles
  • Symphony Orchestra
  • Fraternities
  • Sororities
  • Drama/Theater
  • Student-Run Film Society

Student Services

  • Academic Support Services: tutoring writing center
  • Computer Services: computer center, dorms, libraries dorms wired for access to campus-wide network computer repair service available on campus student web hosting available wireless network available dorms wired for high speed internet connections
  • Counseling Services: career counseling employment services for undergraduates financial aid counseling minority students services personal counseling placement services for graduates alcohol/substance abuse counseling veteran's counselor
  • Facilities: special labs in
  • Special Needs Services: services and/or facilities for hearing impaired partial services for students with learning disabilities services and/or facilities for visually impaired wheelchair accessibility
  • Specialty Programs (ROTC, Accelerated Programs, Professional Development, etc.): cross-registration visiting/exchange student program independent study internships student-designed major
  • Transfer In Services
  • Transfer Out Services

Academics

Academics

Popular Majors

Fine/Studio Arts (29%), Electrical and Electronics Engineering (15%), Architecture (15%), Mechanical Engineering (14%), Chemical Engineering (10%), Civil Engineering (10%)

Majors Offered

Bachelor's

A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of architecture and to conduct research in various aspects of the field. Includes instruction in architectural design, history, and theory; building structures and environmental systems; project and site planning; construction; professional responsibilities and standards; and related cultural, social, economic, and environmental issues.

Job Opportunities:

Architectural and Engineering Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as architecture and engineering or research and development in these fields.
Architects, Except Landscape and Naval
Plan and design structures, such as private residences, office buildings, theaters, factories, and other structural property.
Architecture Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in architecture and architectural design, such as architectural environmental design, interior architecture/design, and landscape architecture. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

A program that prepares individuals to generally function as creative artists in the visual and plastic media. Includes instruction in the traditional fine arts media (drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, CAD/CAM) and/or modern media (ceramics, textiles, intermedia, photography, digital images), theory of art, color theory, composition and perspective, anatomy, the techniques and procedures for maintaining equipment and managing a studio, and art portfolio marketing.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators
Create original artwork using any of a wide variety of media and techniques.
Artists and Related Workers, All Other
All artists and related workers not listed separately.

Bachelor's

A program that prepares individuals to apply mathematical and scientific principles to the design, development and operational evaluation of systems employing chemical processes, such as chemical reactors, kinetic systems, electrochemical systems, energy conservation processes, heat and mass transfer systems, and separation processes; and the applied analysis of chemical problems such as corrosion, particle abrasion, energy loss, pollution, and fluid mechanics.

Job Opportunities:

Architectural and Engineering Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as architecture and engineering or research and development in these fields.
Chemical Engineers
Design chemical plant equipment and devise processes for manufacturing chemicals and products, such as gasoline, synthetic rubber, plastics, detergents, cement, paper, and pulp, by applying principles and technology of chemistry, physics, and engineering.
Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses pertaining to the application of physical laws and principles of engineering for the development of machines, materials, instruments, processes, and services. Includes teachers of subjects such as chemical, civil, electrical, industrial, mechanical, mineral, and petroleum engineering. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

A program that generally prepares individuals to apply mathematical and scientific principles to the design, development and operational evaluation of structural, load-bearing, material moving, transportation, water resource, and material control systems; and environmental safety measures.

Job Opportunities:

Architectural and Engineering Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as architecture and engineering or research and development in these fields.
Civil Engineers
Perform engineering duties in planning, designing, and overseeing construction and maintenance of building structures, and facilities, such as roads, railroads, airports, bridges, harbors, channels, dams, irrigation projects, pipelines, power plants, and water and sewage systems.
Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses pertaining to the application of physical laws and principles of engineering for the development of machines, materials, instruments, processes, and services. Includes teachers of subjects such as chemical, civil, electrical, industrial, mechanical, mineral, and petroleum engineering. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

A program that prepares individuals to apply mathematical and scientific principles to the design, development and operational evaluation of electrical and electronic systems and their components, including electrical power generation systems; and the analysis of problems such as superconductor, wave propagation, energy storage and retrieval, and reception and amplification.

Job Opportunities:

Architectural and Engineering Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as architecture and engineering or research and development in these fields.
Aerospace Engineers
Perform engineering duties in designing, constructing, and testing aircraft, missiles, and spacecraft. May conduct basic and applied research to evaluate adaptability of materials and equipment to aircraft design and manufacture. May recommend improvements in testing equipment and techniques.
Electrical Engineers
Research, design, develop, test, or supervise the manufacturing and installation of electrical equipment, components, or systems for commercial, industrial, military, or scientific use.
Electronics Engineers, Except Computer
Research, design, develop, or test electronic components and systems for commercial, industrial, military, or scientific use employing knowledge of electronic theory and materials properties. Design electronic circuits and components for use in fields such as telecommunications, aerospace guidance and propulsion control, acoustics, or instruments and controls.
Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses pertaining to the application of physical laws and principles of engineering for the development of machines, materials, instruments, processes, and services. Includes teachers of subjects such as chemical, civil, electrical, industrial, mechanical, mineral, and petroleum engineering. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

A program that generally prepares individuals to apply mathematical and scientific principles to solve a wide variety of practical problems in industry, social organization, public works, and commerce. Includes instruction in undifferentiated and individualized programs in engineering.

Job Opportunities:

Architectural and Engineering Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as architecture and engineering or research and development in these fields.
Engineers, All Other
All engineers not listed separately.
Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses pertaining to the application of physical laws and principles of engineering for the development of machines, materials, instruments, processes, and services. Includes teachers of subjects such as chemical, civil, electrical, industrial, mechanical, mineral, and petroleum engineering. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

A program that prepares individuals to apply mathematical and scientific principles to the design, development and operational evaluation of physical systems used in manufacturing and end-product systems used for specific uses, including machine tools, jigs and other manufacturing equipment; stationary power units and appliances; engines; self-propelled vehicles; housings and containers; hydraulic and electric systems for controlling movement; and the integration of computers and remote control with operating systems.

Job Opportunities:

Architectural and Engineering Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as architecture and engineering or research and development in these fields.
Cost Estimators
Prepare cost estimates for product manufacturing, construction projects, or services to aid management in bidding on or determining price of product or service. May specialize according to particular service performed or type of product manufactured.
Aerospace Engineers
Perform engineering duties in designing, constructing, and testing aircraft, missiles, and spacecraft. May conduct basic and applied research to evaluate adaptability of materials and equipment to aircraft design and manufacture. May recommend improvements in testing equipment and techniques.
Mechanical Engineers
Perform engineering duties in planning and designing tools, engines, machines, and other mechanically functioning equipment. Oversee installation, operation, maintenance, and repair of equipment such as centralized heat, gas, water, and steam systems.
Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses pertaining to the application of physical laws and principles of engineering for the development of machines, materials, instruments, processes, and services. Includes teachers of subjects such as chemical, civil, electrical, industrial, mechanical, mineral, and petroleum engineering. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Administration & Faculty

President Jamshed Bharucha
Accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education
Full-time Faculty 51
Student : Faculty Ratio 7 : 1
Faculty Gender (% Male : Female) 72 : 27
Percentage of Faculty Members
Tenured Faculty 86
Tenure Track Faculty 11
Non-Tenure Track Faculty 1

AP Test Credit Information

Test Name Minimum Score Equivalent Course (s) Credits
AP Calculus BC 4.0 Ma 111 Calculus I 4.0
AP Chemistry 4.0 Ch 110 General Chemistry 3.0

Admissions

Admissions

Selectivity

Selectivity Score: 94/100
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Selectivity

Acceptance Rate: 7.7% accepted of 3,193 applications

96% of students graduated in the top half of their class.
95% of students graduated in the top quarter of their class.
92% of students graduated in the top tenth of their class.

25th - 75th Percentile
ACTComposite29 - 33
 
SATMath610 - 780
Reading610 - 710
Writing610 - 730

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Standardized Test Scores, Level Of Applicants Interest, Academic GPA, Talent Ability, Rigor Of Secondary School Record

Important: Extracurricular Activities, Application Essay

Also Considered: Work Experience, Character Personal Qualities, Class Rank, First Generation College Student, Interview, Racial Ethnic Status, Recommendations, Volunteer Work

High School Curriculum (years of study):
Required Recommended
Science Lab 0 3
Foreign Language 0 2
History 1 0
English 4 0
Math 1 4
Science 1 4
Social Studies 1 4
Academic Electives 8 0

Other Application Information: All SAT Scores Required for Review SAT or ACT SAT Reasoning Test and Subject Tests; or ACT SAT Subject Tests

Deadlines

December

1

Early Decision
January

1

Regular Decision

Admissions Websites

Finance

Finance

Average Net Tuition

The average student pays $17,263 for tuition, fees, and other expenses, after grants and scholarships.

Household Income Real Cost
$0-$30K $12,772
$30K-$48K $12,399
$48K-$75K $19,937
$75K-$110K $17,085
$110K+ $18,185

Sticker Price

Total stated tuition is $39,600, in-state and on-campus, before financial aid.

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $39,600 Same as On-Campus
Fees $1,800 Same as On-Campus
Housing $15,000 $15,385
Books $1,400 $1,400
Total (before financial aid) $57,800 $58,185

Students Receiving Aid

100% of students receive some form of financial aid.

Undergrads Receiving Aid Average Aid Amount
Federal Loans 25% $3,107
Federal Scholarships/Grants 16% $4,247
Institutional Grants 100% $38,575
Other Federal Grants 1% $1,750
Other Loans 1% $12,750
Pell Grants 15% $4,432
State and Local Scholarships/Grants 15% $2,840
Student Loans 26% $3,509

Financial Aid Websites

Learn more about financial aid at http://cooper.edu/admissions/financial-aid.

Estimate the net price for you at http://cooper.edu/admissions/financial-aid/net-price-calculator.

Alumni and Outcomes

Alumni and Outcomes

Graduation Rates

67% of students graduated on time.

82% of students graduated in six years.

96% of full time students continued studying at this school after freshman year.

Salaries

The typical (median) early career salary of Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art graduates is $61,400, according to Payscale.

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Athletics

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Rankings

Forbes

#64 America's Top Colleges

PayScale

#14 Starting Median Salary Rankings

Social Mobility Index

#147 Social Mobility Index

The Princeton Review

#6 Colleges: Top 10 Best Value Private Colleges
#9 Colleges: Nobody Plays Intramural Sports
#12 Colleges: Students Study the Most
#17 Colleges: Scotch and Soda, Hold the Scotch
#18 Colleges: Great Financial Aid
#18 Colleges: College City Gets High Marks
N/A Best Colleges (Northeastern)
N/A Colleges: Best Value Colleges for 2014 - Private

U.S. News & World Report

#2 Regional Colleges North Rankings
#8 Engineering Where No Doctorates Offered

WalletHub

#175 The Best and Worst College Cities and Towns in America

Washington Monthly

#1 Baccalaureate Colleges - Bachelor's to PhD rank
#6 Baccalaureate Colleges - Overall Rank
#25 Baccalaureate Colleges - Research Expenditures Rank
#25 Baccalaureate Colleges - Federal Work-Study Funds Spent on Service Rank
#49 Best Bang for Buck Colleges - Overall Rank
#96 Affordable Elite Colleges - Overall Rank
#98 Baccalaureate Colleges - Service Staff, Courses, and Financial Aid Rank
#98 Baccalaureate Colleges - Graduation Rate Rank
#100 Baccalaureate Colleges - Community Service Participation Rank
#106 Baccalaureate Colleges - Peace Corps Rank
#138 Baccalaureate Colleges - ROTC Rank
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