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Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

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About Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

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 College admits undergraduates solely on merit and currently awards a minimum of a 50 percent tuition scholarship to all enrolled students. The institution provides close contact with a distinguished, creative faculty and fosters rigorous, humanistic learning that is enhanced by the process of design and augmented by the urban setting. Founded in 1859 by Peter Cooper, industrialist and philanthropist, The Cooper Union offers public programs for the civic, cultural and practicable enrichment of New York City.

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Cooper Union exploits New York's diversity and resources as its extended campus. Student artists, sculptors and photographers study in the great museums, visit studios and galleries and work at a wide range of art internships. The School of Architecture taps in to New York's architectural community and the rich legacy is built on the environment. Engineering students have unparalleled opportunities to study the challenges posed for their discipline by one of the most complex cities in the world.

The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art is situated on the edge of Manhattan's East Village, within easy walking distance of Washington Square Park and the bookstores, galleries and film houses of Greenwich Village. Students have the opportunity to take advantage of Cooper Union's location in New York City, an international cultural center and the information hub of the country. New York offers extraordinary resources and stimuli for learning—great museum collections; performances by orchestras, chamber music groups, jazz musicians, and dance companies; constant exposure to the work of artists from all over the world in the galleries of SoHo, Greenwich Village, and upper Manhattan; the curricula and public programs of nearby colleges and universities; and the ever-changing street life of the city itself.


The 29 3rd Avenue Student Residence Hall makes it possible for students to live in a community and share a collegial approach to learning that will have a lasting impact on their adult, professional lives. Intended to provide a transition for new students from living at home to renting a private apartment, the 29 3rd Avenue Student Residence Hall opened its doors in September of 1992. It is located on Stuyvesant Street and Third Avenue, just across the street from the Foundation Building, which houses Cooper Union's Schools of Art and Architecture.

The 29 3rd Avenue Student Residence Hall offers apartment-style housing for approximately 170 students. Units range in size to accommodate three to five people, with the majority of the apartments being two bedroom units shared by four people. Each unit contains a bathroom, common living area, and kitchenette. The building amenities include a laundry room, the Office of Student Affairs, and the Menschel Room.

The building is staffed by the Director of Housing & Residential Education, the Housing Facilitator, the Graduate Assistant for Residential Education, and eight resident assistants. In addition, there is a 24-hour security system, including security guards, television cameras, and alarm systems.


Courses available 10

Architecture, Building 2 Creative Arts & Design 1 Engineering 7


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