The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, aka Cooper Union, was first established in 1859 by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist, Peter Cooper, whose belief was that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony. Based on this belief, the college originally offered full-tuition scholarship to each admitted student until the policy was eliminated beginning with the class entering in the Fall of 2014. Reasons for eliminating this process was due to financial issues the College faced in 2011. Fortunately, incoming students to Cooper Union still receive at least a half-tuition merit scholarship. There are currently 918 students enrolled at Cooper Union.
Notable alumni of Cooper Union include Thomas Edison, Shigeru Ban, and Seymour Chwast.
Fun fact: Abraham Lincoln's famous Cooper Union Address was delivered in the Great Hall of the Cooper Union Foundation Building. It is a declared National Historic Landmark building in 1961.
Most of Cooper Union's academic buildings are located around East Village, specifically around the Cooper Square located by Astor Place and St. Marks Place. Cooper Union is accessible by the 6 Train located right on Astor Place. Cooper Union currently has two major academic buildings: The Foundation Building and 41 Cooper Square. Cooper Union's Administrative Offices are located on Fourth Avenue between the 5th and 6th Street.
Students attending Cooper Union can currently apply for housing only at 29 Third Avenue. The residence hall houses up to approximately 180 freshmen and upperclassmen students. The residence hall is located just a few minutes' walk away from the two main academic buildings. Students who live in this residence hall are expected to walk to class. There is no commute involved for those who live on-campus. Cooper Union will also soon be offering housing in a residence hall located at 200 East 6th Street. The building, which can house over 270 residents, will be opening up approximately 60 available slots to Cooper Union Students.
Out of the 918 enrolled Cooper Union students, only around 180 of those students are currently living on-campus in a residence hall. Most Cooper Union students commute from home (fun fact: around 53% of Cooper Union students are from New York City and State) while the rest opt to live off-campus in a neighborhood close by or in a neighboring borough such as Queens or Brooklyn.
Regardless of where you choose to commute from, Cooper Union is easily reachable by public transportation. It's located right by the 6th Train on the Green line and the N and R Train on the Yellow line. Other than public transportation options, students attending Cooper Union can also bike or walk to class if they live close enough! It's a good thing Cooper Union academic buildings are located within a five minute walk of each other!
For those interested in finding housing located near Cooper Union in East Village, check out our Interactive HeatMaps to find more information on average rental prices in each neighborhood.
Most alums continue staying in the city after graduation. Since most alums originate from New York City or the State, they continue staying in the city after finding a job. Popular neighborhoods for alum include East Village, Lower East Side, Greenwich Village and West Village.
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