College Sophomore 2013-05-26T04:49:14Z
The weather is typical New York weather. It is cold in the winter/fall and warm in the summer/spring. Bad snowstorms can occur every so often and we happened to have a hurricane (Hurricane sandy) this past year.
Recent Alumnus 2013-04-18T02:32:44Z
The process of getting into the Engineering major is very straightforward as that is what you apply to when you first apply to the school. However, you can switch to a different type of engineering major such as from civil to mechanical if you can maintain a 3.5 GPA.
Recent Alumnus 2013-04-18T02:25:45Z
Although the sports programs aren't particularly strong, Dean Baker really cares for his student-athletes. Student involvement is high, and there is a lot to be gained from playing on an athletic team at Cooper.
College Sophomore 2012-12-08T06:00:10Z
While the dorms are good and close to the school, there are only dorms for the first year. After that students must either find an apartment in NYC or commute
College Sophomore 2012-12-08T05:59:21Z
Cooper has a reputation of producing high quality engineers, artists, and architects and this comes from the amazing education you receive here.
College Sophomore 2012-12-08T05:57:49Z
There are many different people here and mostly everyone is accepting.
College Junior 2012-10-15T15:55:23Z
Although The Cooper Union is not in a division, nor has any athletics facilities of its own, there is a great percentage of students who participate in the sports program. About 80 students out of the 900 at Cooper participate in sports. We have Men's and Women's Volleyball, Basketball, and Tennis as well as co-ed Soccer and Cross Country teams. Each summer, the sports teams travel to Cape Cod, MA for a week of pre-season training. We stay in beach houses and train 4-6 hours a day and spend our free time on the beach, having BBQs, and making friends. Some of the teams are involved in conferences, while others just have scheduled games against other schools. Our Dean of Athletics, Dean Baker, always says that the scholar athletes at The Cooper Union play sports because they do not have the time to watch sports. Our scholar athletes have some of the highest GPAs at our school. We practice at nearby schools' gyms and/or parks. The athletes at Cooper are definitely some of the more outgoing and social crowd.
College Junior 2012-10-15T15:44:10Z
We have 5 computer labs in all, 4 concentrated on one floor of one building and then a separate on in the other building. We have both Macs and PCs and they are all loaded with AutoCad, Rhino, Adobe Master Collection (Photoshop,etc), and other top of the line programs needed to complete your coursework. Each building has a few large format plotters and of course many smaller scale printers. The large scale plotters and color prints incur a fee. Black and white printing is free for the small scale printers. There are two campus wide wi-fi networks, one which is a faster technology than the other. They are fairly reliable. Having a personal computer is preferred, as you will inevitably need to type essays and research, which could be done in the computer labs, but is much more convenient to do so from your studio or desk (for Art and Architecture).
College Junior 2012-10-15T15:32:50Z
We have one on-campus mini cafe called "Frankie's Kitchen". During the school day you can buy sandwiches, bagels, snacks, and a variety of entrees that they make there for only $5 (like roasted chicken or salmon with rice). Besides that, Cooper Union is located in the East Village of Manhattan, with PLENTY of cheap, college-friendly restaurants.
Recent Alumnus 2012-07-18T21:09:21Z
Wish We Did Have a Cafeteria – There are a lot of places to eat around campus but sometimes (especially on a rainy cold day) you don't want to make the extra effort to go out. We do have a mini cafe but there's not much variety beyond 3-4 sandwiches and bagels.
Recent Alumnus 2012-07-18T21:05:38Z
Lived at Home – I lived at home all 4 years but the majority of my friends lived 10-15 minutes away from Cooper. Their apartments were clean and I heard no major complaints about their accommodations.
Recent Alumnus 2012-07-18T21:03:41Z
Not too much snow in winter...nice in the spring and fall...hot in the summer
Recent Alumnus 2012-07-18T21:02:32Z
Cooper Union is located in the East Village, in the heart of the artsy New York City. There's always something going on if you just go out to find it (and if you have the time).
Recent Alumnus 2012-07-18T20:59:58Z
When I attended, Cooper gave all accepted students a full-tuition scholarship. I lived at home and commuted so I also had the added benefit of not paying for housing.
Recent Alumnus 2012-07-18T20:58:12Z
Traditional Education – In-depth education in a small school environment. The professors truly get to know you but remember that you don't have the option of taking other professors if you happen to dislike the way one is teaching. I decided on Cooper because it provided me with a very traditional engineering education as well as the benefit of a free ride.
Recent Alumnus 2012-07-10T19:21:13Z
Lack of Dining Hall – There is one small dining kitchen that is not your typical dining hall. That aside, dining in Manhattan is as good as it gets.
Recent Alumnus 2012-07-10T19:16:34Z
Full Time Job – The workload is more rigorous than a fulltime job. Expect two hours of work per week per credit: 20 credits = 60 hours/week.
Recent Alumnus 2012-07-10T19:14:41Z
Excellent Course Selection – Prepare to be challanged. Only drawback is if you don't keep up with material you will get left behind.
Recent Alumnus 2012-07-10T19:14:29Z
Tough as Advertised – Small school with a lot of talented individuals. True average GPA of C (2.0) can hurt when entering the job market, especially if employers are not familiar with school. Prepares students for anything they can possibly encounter which accelerates career advancement and makes Cooper grads coveted by those who are in the know.
College Junior 2012-06-05T03:01:41Z
Experience Faculty – All of the art professors are practicing artists. They are specifically placed in teaching the medium they know best in order to give you the highest quality of education. But what I found a lot more valuable than this was each teacher's knowledge of the art world and their different opinions and advice. I learned a lot more from each of my professors' personal art experiences than I did from my art history class.
College Junior 2012-06-05T02:56:27Z
Full-Tuition Scholarships – There is no school in the US besides Cooper Union who provides full-tuition scholarships to every one of their students. Peter Cooper believed that education should be "Free as Air and Water", allowing anyone who wanted to study, completely discarding their background or financial situation, a chance. It is truly an institution that sets itself apart from the rest.
College Junior 2012-06-05T02:52:58Z
Top Art Program – Cooper only allows a small number of students into their programs. With about only 60-50 kids allowed into the art school, it's a prestigious program to be involved in. Cooper does not teach art like other schools, it is a completely different experience. The teachers and students are one community and the sense of unity is incredible. The teachers are more than willing to share everything they know about art in order to help their students.
College Junior 2012-06-05T02:48:18Z
Sports Not up to Par – The sports teams are mainly populated by the engineering students. The is a low turn out for the games and they are often short of student players. The art and architecture students are seldom involved in the sports teams. We have men's soccer, women and men's tennis, women and men's volleyball, women and men's basketball, and a track and cross country team. None of them rank very high. Kids do not come to Cooper to play sports.
Recent Alumnus 2012-01-22T17:51:17Z
CU Housing – New york is hard to find apartments. Cooper Union is a free tuition school which i appreciate, but more assistance in housing should be open to all.
Recent Alumnus 2012-01-22T17:50:25Z
Excellent Computer Suites – Cooper union has wireless access, incredible printing privileges to all students and a tech staff that is helpful and knowledgeable
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