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Cooper Union is a private institution that was founded in 1859. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 927 and its setting is urban. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Cooper Union's ranking in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (North), 1. Its tuition and fees are $40,250 (2012-13).
The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, commonly referred to as Cooper Union, is located in New York’s East Village neighborhood. Cooper Union has a number of student organizations, ranging from special interest groups, such as the Ice Cream Club and Meditation Club, to religious and performance groups. The one university residence hall is intended to serve as a transition for students living away from home for the first time before they rent a private apartment. Cooper Union fields several intercollegiate athletic teams, including men’s and women’s basketball, soccer, and tennis.
Cooper Union is comprised of three schools: the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, School of Art, and Albert Nerken School of Engineering. The schools are connected by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, which teaches a core curriculum to all students from each of the three schools. Peter Cooper, who founded Cooper Union, believed that education should be free and available to all. In accordance with this belief, Cooper Union continues to provide full-tuition scholarships to all enrolled students, who are admitted solely on merit. Bob Kane, creator of the Batman comic series, studied art at Cooper Union, though he left before graduating to join a cartoon animation studio.
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Through outstanding academic programs in architecture, art and engineering, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art prepares talented students to make enlightened contributions to society. The College admits undergraduates solely on merit and awards full scholarships to all enrolled students. The institution provides close contact with a distinguished, creative faculty and fosters rigorous, humanistic learning that is enhanced by the process of design and augmented by the urban setting.
The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture provides its students the finest professional education available within an intellectual environment that fosters and expands their creative capacities and sensibilities and establishes the foundation for a productive professional life. The School is committed to the belief that one of society's prime responsibilities is toward learning and education in the deepest sense: that the exercise of individual creativity within a willing community is a profoundly social act. Fundamental to the mission of the School is the maintenance of an atmosphere in which freedom of thought and exploration can flourish, where students can explore and utilize their special and individual talents, interests and modes of working, to their highest potential.
Within the structure of our three professional degree-granting Schools, the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is committed to providing a liberal arts education "equal to the best." Students from the three Schools join together in a required four-semester core sequence of humanities and social science courses, and then select electives on more specialized topics across a range of disciplines. Small class size and a rigorous emphasis on written expression and critical thinking are key elements in the program. Through their work in the humanities and social sciences, students gain a deeper awareness of the world and become attentive to the social and humanistic implications of their professional work.
|School type||private, coed college|
When applying to Cooper Union, it's important to note the application deadline is January 1, and the early decision deadline is December 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due February 1. The application fee at Cooper Union is $65. It is most selective, with an acceptance rate of 7.7 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2011 acceptance rate||7.7%|
|Application deadline||January 1|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||February 1|
The student-faculty ratio at Cooper Union is 9:1, and the school has 73.6 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Cooper Union include: Fine/Studio Arts, General; Electrical and Electronics Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; and Chemical Engineering. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 94.2 percent.
|4-year graduation rate||63|
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Cooper Union has a total undergraduate enrollment of 927, with a gender distribution of 62.0 percent male students and 38.0 percent female students.
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|Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity||N/A|
|Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority||N/A|
|Collegiate athletic association||N/A|
Campus Info & Services
Cooper Union offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, and health insurance. Cooper Union also offers campus safety and security services like controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Cooper Union.
|Students who have cars on campus||N/A|
|Health insurance offered||Yes|
|Students required to own/lease a computer||No|
Paying for School
At Cooper Union, 31.6 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $40,985.
Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.
|Tuition and fees||$40,250 (2012-13)|
|Room and board||$9,970 (2012-13)|
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* Overview details based on 2011 data