Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art: Narrative Description

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30 Cooper Square
New York, NY 10003-7120
Tel: (212)353-4100; Admissions: (212)353-4120; Fax: (212)353-4343; E-mail: [email protected]; Web Site:

Description: Independent, 4-year, coed. Awards bachelor's degrees (also offers master's program primarily made up of currently-enrolled students). Founded 1859. Setting: urban campus. Endowment: $220 million. Research spending 2002-03: $401,540. Educational spending 2002-03: $14,342 per student. Total enrollment: 955. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 7:1. 2,414 applied, 12% were admitted. 80% from top 10% of their high school class, 100% from top quarter. Full-time: 908 students, 35% women, 65% men. Part-time: 10 students, 20% women, 80% men. Students come from 41 states and territories, 41% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 8% Hispanic, 5% black, 25% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 9% international, 7% 25 or older, 19% live on campus, 4% transferred in. Retention: 94% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: engineering/engineering technologies; visual/performing arts; architecture. Core. Calendar: semesters. Advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, summer session for credit, internships. Off campus study at East Coast members of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, New York University, Eugene Lang College, New School University. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements: Options: electronic application, early admission, early decision, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT I or ACT. Recommended: minimum 3.0 high school GPA. Required for some: essay, 3 recommendations, portfolio, home examination, SAT II: Subject Tests. Entrance: most difficult. Application deadlines: 1/1, 12/1 for early decision plan 1, 12/1 for early decision plan 2. Notification: 4/1, 12/24 for early decision plan 1, 2/1 for early decision plan 2.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $50. Comprehensive fee: $14,400 includes full-time tuition ($0), mandatory fees ($1400), and college room and board ($13,000). College room only: $9000. All students are awarded full-tuition scholarships. Living expenses are subsidized by college-administered financial aid.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 65 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 20% of eligible men and 10% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Campus Crusade for Christ, Chinese Students Association, Kesher, Athletic Association, Muslim Students Organization. Major annual events: Fall Club Day, Pro Musica Jam. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, controlled dormitory access, security guards. 182 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2002-03. Freshmen given priority for college housing. Option: coed housing available. Cooper Union Library with 97,000 books, 100,000 microform titles, 370 serials, 200,000 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $821,628. 400 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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