New York, NY
Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art


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Joseph
What is your overall opinion of this school?

The school is incredibly competitive and will prepare you for being able to keep up with work in the real world. People who ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The school is incredibly competitive and will prepare you for being able to keep up with work in the real world. People who graduate from Cooper have little trouble keeping up with regular level jobs and so make their way up the corporate ladder. Cooper has a close knit community, at least in the engineering school. Many of the professors were once Cooper students with the mind of what would be best for us to learn. The most controversial issue that's been on campus this last year is whether Cooper will be able to continue with the full tuition scholarship because the school is in a financial crisis. There is plenty of school pride, mostly because we work so hard to be here and stay here. The school is based in the center of the East Village of Manhattan which is richly immersed in many cultures. It's an interesting area to be in and never gets dull. The school has some troubles with scheduling, they are very strict with the curriculum so unfortunately there isn't much room to take courses outside a specific set of core courses until one's junior year. There are some teachers that expect a ridiculous amount of work to be done for their class but since this is a competitive school students need to be ready for it.

Where is the best place to get work done on campus?

4th and 6th floor study lounges, the library, or anywhere that's not too noisy.

Describe the dorms.

They are decent but are only for incoming freshmen.

What do students complain about most?

How much time they spend working along with how little sleep they get.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

The students are pretty diverse in how they act, what they enjoy, and how they spend their time outside of the classroom. There are cliques, but most people in the engineering school associate with each other despite race or major. Many people are brought together by clubs and sports. There are racial, religious. and LGBT groups such as the South Asian Cultural Society, Hillel, Inter-Varsity, and G.L.A.S.S. (Gay Lesbian and Straight Spectrum). The artists and architects aren't so much a part of these groups. They rarely interact with the engineering students but do tend to interact with each other some. The engineers rarely talk about how much they think they'll be making because nobody knows how far they'll have gotten by that time. The artists do sometimes complain in a joking manner about how they'll never be financially stable since there are few jobs available for artists right now. Most of the students are from the tri-state area. Not many come from too far in the U.S. though there are a good many who come from South Korea or grew up in China. About a third of the students in the engineering school were born somewhere other than the U.S.

What are the academics like at your school?

Most classes are limited to a maximum of thirty students. Some classes have as few as fifteen students. The work is incredibly rigorous and you are expected to maintain a GPA above a 2.0 to remain in good standings, out of the eye of the academic review board. Engineers tend to have about 18 credits a semester, yet 18 credits usually means about 22 hours of class in a week since many 3 credit courses meet for 4 hours and many 4 credit courses meet for 5. In the art school it's similar. The architects are constantly at work, often staying more hours than the senior Electrical Engineering students. Most students are studying on a regular basis. Those who aren't are either genius or idiotic. My least favorite class was probably Principles of Physical Chemistry which is a required course for all of the engineering majors but is somewhat irrelevant to Civil and Electrical Engineers. It was a course that required concepts that were above the ability of most freshmen because there were things we should have learned in other classes first. All of the students have intellectual conversations outside of the class at one point or another. I don't believe there's anyone who avoids intellectual conversation at Cooper. Time spent with professors outside of class is usually during their office hours, which many students take advantage of with good cause.

What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

The stereotype from outside of the school is that all of the engineers are geeks. I'm in the engineering school, and it turns out there are still many of the same cliques among the engineering students. There are the jocks, frat boys, geeks, gear heads, and more. Of course that doesn't apply so much to the other two schools. The stereotypes of the students of the art school are that they do more drugs and are less social. They have their own things going on. The architects are constantly in their studios because they have an excessive amount of work that they love and hate. Regardless, everyone is hard at work.

Vanessa
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

In attending college I have obtained a better means to guide myself. My time spent in school has shed light on the world arou...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

In attending college I have obtained a better means to guide myself. My time spent in school has shed light on the world around me and provided a better vision to build my own path from. With every class that I take I encounter new peers who enlighten me. I build relationships with my professors who continue to inspire this quest for knowledge. Every course I complete leaves me standing more confidently and more at ease with my human condition. The time I have invested and plan to invest in college has been well spent. With all of the understanding I have gained from my time in school I am better equipped to help preserve what we have built and to improve the future.

What kind of person should attend this school?

In order to get through Cooper's rigorous acedemic courses a student must have a strong work ethic. Cooper requires students who have a true drive to complete their education and see it as a neccessary part of their already existing goals. Each assignment that is given is not seen as a rudimentary exercise: every task is in itself valuable to one's larger life goals.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art's most noticeable blemish is the administrations foggy communication. Cooper being such a small school has a very small community. Procedures, like how to get a school I.D. or how to check your grades, are over looked by administration and seem to be expected to be communicated through the student body. These familiar courses of action that take place in colleges and universities could use more attention and consideration. Students come to Cooper feeling lost and find themselves stumbling through their first semester.

Caprice
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Write down the important things so that you remember to do them on time. Write down the not-so-important things so that you ...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Write down the important things so that you remember to do them on time. Write down the not-so-important things so that you remember to do them at all. Wash your hands before and after class, and shower everyday, even if your friends do not. Look both ways when crossing the street. Keep your head up while walking through the hall. Tell your mother you love her, even in front of your classmates; they will never remember, she will never forget. Laugh when you find something funny, cry when you are upset, and do not be ashamed to do both while taking an exam.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

Beware of the hand sanitizer dispensers. Being at the center of New York City, Cooper Union was hit hard by the outbreak of H1N1 virus. To promote hand washing and general hygiene, the administration setup portable dispensers of alcohol-based hand sanitizer in the hallways at the beginning of this year. However, those dispensers became an excuse for students to not wash their hands at all, causing the flu to spread like wildfire throughout the small student body. Oops.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

This school runs on an almost completely paper-based system for keeping track of classes, grades, transfer credits, etc. Because of this, registering for classes means running around to all the potential professors to get the required signatures (for every class) before you even know if the class is available for registration or full. With incorrect mark on a piece of paper, a student could accidentally be signed up for a class without even knowing it! It happened to me.

Heejae
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Going to a college, or graduating from a college should not be the goal of your life. It may be short-term goal, but it is be...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Going to a college, or graduating from a college should not be the goal of your life. It may be short-term goal, but it is better to have a vision you want to pursue in your life. The sooner you discover what you want to do in your life, the better. But do not limit yourself to one area. Ask yourself a lot of questions. Try many different things. Challenge yourself because without challenge, there is no progress. Discover your talent, your strenght, and yourself. And have fun and enjoy times in high school!

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Someone who wants to have "fun" in college. Some one who likes to party a lot.

Justin
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Cooper Union is only for people who are sure they want to do what they are majoring it.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Cooper Union is only for people who are sure they want to do what they are majoring it.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself to prepare for my AP classes more. AP Physics C and AP Calculus BC credit would of been extremely valuable at Cooper Union and helped the transition to the huge work load. I would also tell myself to save more money before college. Without a meal plan, food in New York City is very expensive.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

There are too many required classes. In addition to the number of required classes, many do not show benefit to engineering.

Davon
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I wish I had used my guidance counselor in high school more for the resources they had to offer. Preparing yourself financial...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I wish I had used my guidance counselor in high school more for the resources they had to offer. Preparing yourself financially for college is difficult, but with proper guidance and preparation it can be managable.

What's unique about your campus?

Cooper Union promotes, and takes means to facilitate, artistic and academic exploration. The teachers encourage free thought and independent study and take steps to ensure that they are informed on current artistic concerns. The competitive nature of the school makes it so the student body consists of hard working, creative and dedicated students who act as a strong community for one another. I feel that this directly comes from the teachers, whose high standards make foster for a each student a challenging but rewarding enviroment.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The financial aid office can at times be incredibly unresponsive to the needs of students. The staff can be unfriendly and uncaring, and un many cases rude. Students are not given comprehensive understanding of the steps that need to be taken to intiate loans and grants and are therefore forced to have further interaction with the financial aid staff. Overall the quality of the service in the financial aid offices is abysmal .

R.
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

The Cooper Union School of Art is an amazing place that is focused above all on the learning experience and the creation of a...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

The Cooper Union School of Art is an amazing place that is focused above all on the learning experience and the creation of an artistic process.

What's unique about your campus?

EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE

Julianne
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Make learning, rather than prestige, a priority. Sometimes all that comes with a big-name school is the name. And from exper...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Make learning, rather than prestige, a priority. Sometimes all that comes with a big-name school is the name. And from experience, the overall mood in a top-notch school is figure it out and deal, no matter how bad a professor is, how busy you are, etc. A smaller school, or more relaxed school, may allow you to take your time with classes and establish your own learning pace. Also, make sure the school is flexible with major changes. You probably KNOW what you want to do right now, but that may change. Even if you want to be an engineer, the type of engineer you want to be may be shaped by the classes you take. Lastly, college will be difficult. If it were easy, everyone would do it. But it doesn't have to be difficult because your professors purposefully teach over your head, or because you are taking way too many credits to handle, or because you dislike the area. If it isn't a match, transfer immediately. But if you just dont like the city you live in, give it 1 year. I went from hating NY to crying when I left.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

That this is a 4-year engineering boot-camp with no flexibility. I would have gone to a school where I could have taken an extra year and really learned. Now I am in a master's program for Solar Energy Eng. I'm at the absolute top of my class, my professors like me & appreciate the hard work I put in. I have an opportunity to go to Peru & build a solar home. THIS is a real school. I finally know what it is like to go to a school where learning, & students' well-being, is the top priority.

Jimmy
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The "right college" is not always dependant on the ability for the programs, facilities, and faculties at the college to be s...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The "right college" is not always dependant on the ability for the programs, facilities, and faculties at the college to be strong. Programs change, facilities are different when you experience them everyday, and faculties may be knowledgable but may not exactly click with you. Follow the intuition and the desire to do something that really excites you, relating to both thought and passion, to find the right college, because you'll always have authority over your own interests. Be intuitive of your college choices, and then research deeper before you apply. When it comes to college experience, be invested in your work, but be certain to allow yourself time to relax and just enjoy the college life. College goes by faster than you will expect. College is the time between "given" highschool assignments and "work life". It's the time that you can test your wits, outlooks, and experiment within your field without consequences. Push the boundaries. Do what you love, but also love what you do.

What's unique about your campus?

The skill set of the entire architecture portion of the cooper union is extremely varied. The diversity between age and thought allow for a mix of ideas that are able to develop not only through their own means, but from listening and understanding to others.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

The amount of time spent in school. The crazy models that we build. The extremely rigorous drawings we can make. Long sleepless nights?

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