Through outstanding academic programs in architecture, art and engineering, and a Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art prepares talented students to make enlightened contributions to society. The institution provides a challenging, interactive curriculum with distinguished, creative faculty and fosters rigorous, humanistic learning in a dynamic setting. Cooper Union faculty are the intellectual pulse of the institution. They come to teach while continuing their own personal research and work at various points in their academic careers. Some visit and lecture for a single semester while others teach succeeding generations of students. Their shared dedication to pedagogy and their respective discipline helps each class of students develop and elaborate their talents, interests, and work.
Cooper Union’s students are one of the institution’s richest resources. They come from the city, state, nation and the world. They come to develop their talents and abilities, and broaden their intellectual horizons. Despite their diverse backgrounds, talents and interests they are unified into a singularity by one thing: the considerable and serious commitment to their work, whether the discipline be architecture, art or engineering. With fewer than 1000 students, The Cooper Union is a small community of professionals-in-training within the larger community of New York City. Located in the East Village, Cooper Union offers “an opportunity to live in one of the most energetic and dynamic cities in the world.” The intellectual ferment of New York City provides the background for students’ rigorous studies in architecture, art or engineering, and students enjoy the abundance of cafés, galleries, theaters, movie houses, restaurants, shops and clubs within walking distance. The local stations of two major subway lines provide easy access to midtown Manhattan and the outer boroughs.