school spotlight: cooper union

There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. And while the media tends to focus on just a handful of schools, we at College Coach encourage students to think outside the box during their college selection process and explore a wide range of colleges. As such, we are highlighting a new college each week in our School Spotlight series. Check out the college below, along with the other posts in our series, and you may just stumble upon your dream school!

School Spotlight: The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
New York, NY

The lucky (and few!) students who are admitted to the prestigious Cooper Union receive a half-tuition scholarship valued at approximately $21,000 – an amazing deal! The Cooper Union occupies two main academic buildings (and a residence hall for first years) in midtown Manhattan’s East Village, just a few blocks from Greenwich Village. Here, approximately 870 undergraduates pursue one of three academic tracks: architecture, fine arts, or engineering (with specializations in chemical, civil, electrical, or mechanical engineering). In addition to its unbeatable NYC location and generous “half-off” scholarship, Cooper Union distinguishes itself from other technical institutions by its commitment to the liberal arts. All students complete a solid core curriculum in their freshmen and sophomore years in the humanities and social sciences, while upper class students can choose from an impressive range of electives in the liberal arts, including courses like “The Presence of Poetry,” “Time, Travel & Communication in Early Modern Europe,” and “Game Theory.” Fun fact: the auditorium of the Great Hall, located in CU’s Foundation Building, has served as a backdrop for some of the nation’s greatest and most influential speakers, including Abraham Lincoln, Susan B. Anthony, and Barak Obama.

Image Credit: Photo by Mario Morgado/Courtesy of The Cooper Union


Written by Elyse Krantz
Elyse Krantz is a member of College Coach’s team of college admissions experts. Elyse received her BA in linguistics from Dartmouth College and her MA from Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to joining College Coach, Elyse worked as an admissions officer at Barnard College and Bennington College.