The Cooper Union - 2016

Institution Information

Contact Information

Institution's Mailing Address

Institution Name: The Cooper Union
Mailing Address: 41 Cooper Square
City: New York
State: NY
Postal Code: 10003
Country: United States
Phone 212-353-4285
Fax: 212-353-4341
Website: http://www.cooper.edu

Head of Institution

William Mea
Acting President
President
The Cooper Union
7 East 7th Street
New York, NY 10003
Phone: 212-353-4240
Fax: 212-353-4244
president@cooper.edu

Undergraduate Admission Inquiries

Mitchell Lipton
Dean of Admissions
Admissions Office
The Cooper Union
30 Cooper Square
New York, NY 10003
Phone: 212-353-4126
Fax: 212-353-4342
lipton@cooper.edu

Graduate Admission Inquiries

Mitchell Lipton
Dean of Admissions
Admissions Office
The Cooper Union
30 Cooper Square
New York, NY 10003
Phone: 212-353-4126
Fax: 212-353-4342
lipton@cooper.edu

Institution Information

General Information


Type of institution: PRIVATE
Academic Year: SEMESTERS
Setting of Main Engineering Campus URBAN

Main Campus Information

Is the main campus located in a city with a population greater than 100,000?: Yes
Name of this city, or if no, the name of the nearest city of any size?: New York
This city's population (approx.): 9,000,000
Distance from Main Campus: 0

Total Enrollment

Total Undergraduate enrollment: 876
Total Graduate enrollment: 88
Total Professional and other enrollment: 964

Non-Engineering Degree Granting Colleges

Fine arts, Architecture

Institution Information

General Admissions

Entrance Requirements and Recommendations

Requirements

Candidates should file their applications before January 9 of the year for which admission is sought and their official high school transcripts before January 9. High school records must show the following: English (4 units), History and Social Studies (4 units), Mathematics (4 units), Physics (1 unit), Chemistry (1 unit), Electives (4.5-6.5 units). Students in high school will be expected to supply transcripts covering subjects taken during the first three years of high school. High school graduates must supply the full four-year record. High school transcripts should be sent during the fall and winter months, but no later than January 9 if supporting a freshman application. Each candidate should make certain that the high school subjects required for admission are completed prior to graduation since The Cooper Union will not be able to verify his/her senior program until final transcripts arrive in June or July. This is too late to make up a missing required subject or to make plans for admission to another college.

Recommendations

All engineering candidates must send to The Cooper Union (CEEB College Code No. 2097) results of the (SAT1 or ACT) and of the College Assessment Tests (SAT subject tests) in physics or chemistry and in either Level I or Level II Mathematics. Admission to programs is highly selectve and requires high scores. See cooper.edu for more information.

Engineering Information

Head of Engineering

Head of Engineering

Richard Stock
Acting Dean, School of Engineering
Dean's Office
The Cooper Union
41 Cooper Square
New York, NY 10003
Phone: 212-353-4290
Fax: 212-353-4341
stock@cooper.edu

Engineering Information

Engineering Degrees Offered

Types of Engineering Degrees

Bachelor's:B.S.
Master's:M.Eng., M.E. with thesis

Computer Science Degrees Awarded Outside the College/School of Engineering

Engineering Information

Engineering Departments

Engineering Department(s) Degree Granting Level Department Chair Discipline
Chemical Engineering Both Charles Okorafor Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering Both Jameel Ahmad Civil Engineering
Electrical Engineering Both Fred Fontaine Electrical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering Both Melody Baglione Mechanical Engineering

Engineering Information

Research Centers

  • INCOLL - Research center WITHIN the college of engineering
  • INDEPT - Research center WITHIN an engineering department
  • INUNIV - Research center WITHIN university system
  • OUTUNIV - Research center OUTSIDE the university
Center/Lab Discipline Research Class Head Chair
Center for Communications and Information Sciences Electrical/Computer Engineering INCOLL Fred Fontaine
Center for Materials & Manufacturing Innovation Mechanical Engineering INCOLL Stan Wei
Center for Sustainable Engineering, Architecture & Art Electrical Engineering INCOLL Toby Cumberbatch
Institute for the Infrastructure Civil Engineering INCOLL Jameel Ahmad
Institute for Urban Security Civil Engineering INCOLL Jameel Ahmad
Kanbar Biomedical Research Center Biomedical Engineering INCOLL Oliver Medvedik

Engineering Information

Degree Programs

Bachelor's Degree Program(s)

Engineering Department(s) Bachelor's Degree Program(s) Discipline
Chemical Engineering Chemical Engineering (B.E.) Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering Civil Engineering (B.E.) Civil Engineering
Electrical Engineering Electrical Engineering (B.E.) Electrical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering Mechanical Engineering (B.E.) Mechanical Engineering

Master's Degree Program(s)

No listings found.

Doctoral Degree Program(s)

No listings found.

Engineering Information

Areas of Expertise

Engineering Departments Areas of Expertise
Chemical Engineering
  1. Energy
  2. Biochemical
  3. Biomedical
  4. Environmental
  5. Systems
  6. Materials
Civil Engineering
  1. Transportation
  2. Urban Security
  3. Biomedical
  4. Environmental, and Green Design
  5. Infrastructure
  6. Structures
Electrical Engineering
  1. Control
  2. Electronics
  3. Telecommunications
  4. Computer Engineering
  5. Biomedical
  6. Systems
  7. Sustainable Design
Mechanical Engineering
  1. Acoustics
  2. Biomedical
  3. Energy
  4. Manufacturing, and Nanotechnology
  5. Robotics
  6. Systems Engineering
  7. Automotve
  8. Mechatronics
  9. Sustainable Energy

Engineering Information

Societies

Honor Societies

National Groups

  • Chi Epsilon
  • Eta Kappa Nu
  • Pi Tau Sigma
  • Tau Beta Pi

Local Groups

  • National Collegiate Scholar Association

Student Organizations

National Groups

  • Acoustical Society of America
  • Am. Chemical Society
  • Am. Concrete Institute
  • Am. Inst. of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Am. Inst. of Chemical Engineers
  • Am. Soc. of Civil Engineers
  • Am. Soc. of Heating, Refrig. and Air Condit. Eng.
  • Am. Soc. of Mechanical Engineers
  • Biomedical Engineering Society
  • Chi Epsilon
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • National Society of Black Engineers
  • Pi Tau Sigma
  • Soc. of Hispanic Professional Engineers
  • Soc. of Women Engineers

Local Groups

  • Order of the Engineer
  • Society of Automotive Engineers
  • Society of Manufacturing Engineers
  • Society of Military Engineers

Engineering Information

Support Programs

College's Under-Represented Student Groups

National Groups

  • National Society of Black Engineers
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
  • Society of Women Engineers

Local Groups

  • Society of Asian Engineers

Other Student Support Programs

Study Abroad and Foreign Exchange
Invention Factory
Immigrant Training Program
Summer High School STEM Program
Professional Development Program

Engineering Information

Student Projects

Student Design Projects Description

The entire curriculum involves project based learning. Major projects are required of all seniors. Also available are, IEEE Paper Competition, Chem E Car, Formula SAE, Steel Bridge Competition, Concrete Canoe, iGEM, ASME Contests, all professional society design competitions.

Engineering Information

College Description

Engineering College Description and Special Characteristics

Small, extraordinarilly bright student body, project based courses, interdisciplinary experiences, undergraduate research, very small classes, diverse student body, faculty very involved with student mentoring. New York City is used as an engineering laboratory as well as a cultural growth experience. Program has strong emphasis on developing communication skills, entrepreneurial skills, team work, international understanding and leadership skills.

Engineering Information

Engineering Faculty & Research

Teaching, Tenure-Track View Gender/Ethnicity Profiles

Engineering Department(s) Full Professors Assoc. Professors Assistant Professors Program Total
Chemical Engineering 3 2 0 5
Civil Engineering 5 0 1 6
Electrical Engineering 2 3 1 6
Mechanical Engineering 3 3 1 7
Totals: 13 8 3 24

Teaching, Non-Tenure-Track

Engineering Department(s) FT Instr. & Other Teach. Personnel PT Instr. & Other Teach. Personnel Total Personnel FTE of all PT Teach. Personnel
Chemical Engineering 0 1 1 0.66
Civil Engineering 0 3 3 1.00
Electrical Engineering 0 13 13 4.33
Mechanical Engineering 0 13 13 4.33
Totals: 0 30 30 10.32

Non-Teaching, Research

Engineering Department(s) Non-Teach. FT Research Personnel Non-Teach. PT Research Personnel Total Personnel FTE of all PT Non-Teach. Research Personnel
Chemical Engineering 0 0 0 0.00
Civil Engineering 0 0 0 0.00
Electrical Engineering 0 0 0 0.00
Mechanical Engineering 0 0 0 0.00
Totals: 0 0 0 0.00

Teaching, Tenure-Track: Gender/Ethnicity Profiles

  • American Indian or Alaska Native (Am Ind): A person having origins in any of the original peoples of North and South America (including Central America), and who maintains tribal affiliation or community attachment.
  • Asian: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent including, for example, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippine Islands, Thailand, and Vietnam.
  • Black or African American (B/AfrA): A person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa. Terms such as "Haitian" or "Negro" can be used in addition to "Black or African American."
  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander (Haw): A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands.
  • Hispanic or Latino (Hisp): A person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race. The term, "Spanish origin," can be used in addition to "Hispanic or Latino."
  • White: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa.

Teaching, Tenure-Track: Full Professor Profiles

Engineering Department(s) Unknown Hispanic American Indian Asian Black Pacific Islander White Two or more Total Personnel
M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F
Chemical Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 0
Civil Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 5 0
Electrical Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
Mechanical Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 0
Totals: 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 11 0 0 0 13 0

Teaching, Tenure-Track: Associate Professor Profiles

Engineering Department(s) Unknown Hispanic American Indian Asian Black Pacific Islander White Two or more Total Personnel
M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F
Chemical Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
Civil Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Electrical Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 3 0
Mechanical Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 2 1
Totals: 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 1 0 0 7 1

Teaching, Tenure-Track: Assistant Professor Profiles

Engineering Department(s) Unknown Hispanic American Indian Asian Black Pacific Islander White Two or more Total Personnel
M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F
Chemical Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Civil Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Electrical Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Mechanical Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Totals: 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 1

Undergraduate

Admissions/Transfers

Undergraduate Admission to the College of Engineering

Freshman applicants to The Albert Nerken School of Engineering submit their applications by January 9, through the Common Application. Once the application is submitted, the student should complete the essay questions (Part ll) available on the Common Application. All factors of an applicant's record, the high school grade point average, strength of courses taken in school, SAT I or ACT test scores, SAT Subject test scores in Math and either Chemistry or Physics, essay responses, extra curricular activities, and letter of recommendation, are factored into the admissions decision. Independent, mature, focused students who can manage their time very well tend to be most successful at Cooper Union and are highly sought after.

Undergraduate Admission to an Engineering Department

Applicants are admitted directly to an engineering program.

Entrance Requirements for Foreign Students

Same as for U.S. Domestic students except a TOEFL of 100 is required on the internet-based exam.

Entrance Requirements for Non-Resident Students

Same as for U.S.Domestic students.

Residency Requirements

The candidate for a bachelor's degree, must have been enrolled for a minimum of four semesters at The Cooper Union as a full-time student. Also, the candidate must have an overall GPA of 3.0.

Admissions Requirements for Transfer Students

Transfer applications should be submitted before January 9, of the year for which admission is sought. If space is available, they are admitted on the basis of prior college records.

Undergraduate

Expenses & Financial Aid

Student Group(s): All Students

Undergraduate Group 1
Tuition & Fees: $43,850
Room & Board: $15,910
Books & Supplies: $1,000
Other Expenses: $2,275
Estimated avg. course load per term: 17
Does your institute have any special programs or fee structures for the expenses category "All Students"?: Yes

Special Programs or Fee Structures

All undergraduate students receive a half-tuition scholarship.

Financial Aid Information

Required financial aid forms

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), Federal Tax Return Forms (IRS), College Scholarship Service Financial Aid PROFILE (CCS/PROFILE), Financial Aid Form (FAF)

Undergraduate

New Applicants

New Undergraduate Applicants

A. Number of undergraduate applicants to the engineering college: 1,141
B. Of those in (A), how many were offered admission? 246
C. Of those in (B), how many were enrolled in the fall? 131
Percentage of entering students (excluding transfer students) ranked in the top quarter (25%) of their high schools: 90%

Newly Enrolled Test Scores

Scores Reflect 75th to 25th percentile

SAT 75th 25th
Math Range: 800 750
Reading Range: 730 630
Writing Range: 730 660
Combined Range: 2230 2060
ACT 75th 25th
Math Range: 0 0
Composite Range: 34 32

Undergraduate

Enrollments by Class

Undergraduate Engr. Programs Fresh
1st Year
Soph
2nd Year
Junior
3rd Year
Senior
4th/5th Year
Full Time Total Part Time Total
Chemical Engineering (B.E.) 31 27 35 21 114 0
Civil Engineering (B.E.) 33 29 20 14 96 0
Electrical Engineering (B.E.) 31 40 32 28 131 0
Mechanical Engineering (B.E.) 32 36 33 28 129 0
Totals: 127 132 120 91 470 0

Freshmen

Group Nonresident Alien Unknown Hispanic American Indian Asian Black Pacific Islander White Two or More Total
  FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT
Chemical Engineering (B.E.)
Men 7 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 9 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 21 0
Women 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 10 0
Civil Engineering (B.E.)
Men 5 0 4 0 1 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 23 0
Women 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 10 0
Electrical Engineering (B.E.)
Men 5 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 4 0 28 0
Women 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 0
Mechanical Engineering (B.E.)
Men 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 9 0 0 0 0 0 9 0 1 0 27 0
Women 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 5 0
Totals: 32 0 15 0 2 0 0 0 36 0 2 0 0 0 34 0 6 0 127 0

Sophomores

Group Nonresident Alien Unknown Hispanic American Indian Asian Black Pacific Islander White Two or More Total
  FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT
Chemical Engineering (B.E.)
Men 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 6 0 21 0
Women 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 6 0
Civil Engineering (B.E.)
Men 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 2 0 17 0
Women 2 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 1 0 12 0
Electrical Engineering (B.E.)
Men 8 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 1 0 0 0 13 0 2 0 35 0
Women 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 5 0
Mechanical Engineering (B.E.)
Men 10 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 9 0 3 0 31 0
Women 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 5 0
Totals: 31 0 11 0 2 0 0 0 33 0 1 0 0 0 39 0 15 0 132 0

Juniors

Group Nonresident Alien Unknown Hispanic American Indian Asian Black Pacific Islander White Two or More Total
  FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT
Chemical Engineering (B.E.)
Men 1 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 11 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 1 0 23 0
Women 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 12 0
Civil Engineering (B.E.)
Men 2 0 3 0 3 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 4 0 1 0 17 0
Women 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 0
Electrical Engineering (B.E.)
Men 5 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 13 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 1 0 30 0
Women 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Mechanical Engineering (B.E.)
Men 8 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 12 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 28 0
Women 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 5 0
Totals: 27 0 11 0 7 0 0 0 45 0 1 0 0 0 26 0 3 0 120 0

Seniors

Group Nonresident Alien Unknown Hispanic American Indian Asian Black Pacific Islander White Two or More Total
  FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT
Chemical Engineering (B.E.)
Men 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 2 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 11 0
Women 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 10 0
Civil Engineering (B.E.)
Men 0 0 5 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 13 0
Women 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Electrical Engineering (B.E.)
Men 5 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 1 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 24 0
Women 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 0
Mechanical Engineering (B.E.)
Men 3 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 9 0 0 0 24 0
Women 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Totals: 14 0 22 0 2 0 0 0 22 0 3 0 0 0 27 0 1 0 91 0

Undergraduate

Degrees Awarded by Program

Degrees By Ethnicity

Nra - Nonresident aliens
Asi - Asian American
Blk - Black
His - Hispanic
Ind - American Indian
Pac - Pacific Islander
Unk - Unknown
Wht - White
Tot - Program Totals
Two - Two or More
Bachelor's Degree Program(s) Nra Unk His Ind Asi Blk Pac Wht Two Tot Male Female
Chemical Engineering (B.E.) 0 2 0 0 6 0 0 10 1 19 9 10
Civil Engineering (B.E.) 1 4 0 0 8 0 0 3 2 18 12 6
Electrical Engineering (B.E.) 1 5 3 0 5 1 0 9 4 28 27 1
Mechanical Engineering (B.E.) 0 2 2 0 9 1 0 9 3 26 21 5
Totals: 2 13 5 0 28 2 0 31 10 91 69 22

Degrees By Ethnicity & Gender

Bachelor's Degree Program(s) Nra Unk His Ind Asi Blk Pac Wht Two Tot
M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F
Chemical Engineering (B.E.) 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 5 0 0 0 0 7 3 0 1 19
Civil Engineering (B.E.) 0 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 5 3 0 0 0 0 2 1 2 0 18
Electrical Engineering (B.E.) 1 0 4 1 3 0 0 0 5 0 1 0 0 0 9 0 4 0 28
Mechanical Engineering (B.E.) 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 6 3 1 0 0 0 7 2 3 0 26
Totals: 1 1 10 3 5 0 0 0 17 11 2 0 0 0 25 6 9 1 91

Undergraduate

Dual Degrees

Undergraduate Engineering Dual Degree Program Description

Undergraduate Engineering Dual Degrees Awarded

Undergraduate

Program Comparisons

  • ABET - Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology
  • CEAB - Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board
Degree Program ABET/CEAB Accred. Nominal Program Length
(yrs.)
Average Program Length
(yrs.)
Time: Day/Even./
Both
Co-op: None/Opt./
Required
Grads in Co-op Progs.
Chemical Engineering (B.E.) yes 4.00 4.00 Day None
Civil Engineering (B.E.) yes 4.00 4.00 Day None
Electrical Engineering (B.E.) yes 4.00 4.00 Day None
Mechanical Engineering (B.E.) yes 4.00 4.00 Day None