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Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art Reviews

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  • 01/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    10 out of 10 people found this review useful. 1 of 4

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Guards are located in each building and they check ids.

    Greek Life

    There is a Fraternity, filled with really nice people. But no sorority.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many clubs to choose from, but club hours are in the middle of the day making it hard to attend many of them.

    Great for these types of students

    Hard-workers.

    Bang for the buck

    Free tuition. But the dorms are incredibly expensive.

    Food and Dining

    There is no meal plan or dining hall. There is a cafe upstairs in one of the buildings, but it is expensive and only takes cash.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms have heavy rules and it gets quite annoying. The internet is incredibly slow and the apartments are small and dirty. The residence hall says they try to best match the roommates, but they don't do a very good job of it. The dorm location is ideal, next door to St. Mark's Place and in close proximity to NYU dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Heavy and challenging workload. Benefits are learning many things and getting a well-rounded education. The classes are small, leaving the students to receive a more enriching and personal experience.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be willing to work extremely hard and spend a lot of money. It's Cooper Union and New York City.

  • 02/01/2010

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    9 out of 11 people found this review useful. 2 of 4

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Dedicated, eager and willing to learn, brilliant but needy students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Research a lot and consider carefully your chances well in advance of your year of application in order to place yourself in a better position for admission to Cooper Union

    Bang for the buck

    I understand the financial aid benefits are second to non. In addition to one of the bests, if not the best engineering school in the nation. And for someone like me, with little hope in terms of finances, I can't look beyond Cooper Union

    Will enjoy being here

    Great location, in addition to excellent learning environment will make the perfect dream place for any student.

    Will learn a lot

    I think the small class sizes will ensure maximum teacher/student interactions

  • 07/07/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    6 out of 7 people found this review useful. 1 person found this inaccurate. 3 of 4

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who understands that when studying the arts it is beneficial to immerse yourself in an environment full of culture and character.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure you are ready for the GRE - if you're getting your Masters.

    Bang for the buck

    It's free, can't beat that!! Eventhough you have to pay the living expenses and supplies, etc. and New York can be expensive the experiences of New York are worth the money.

    Will enjoy being here

    I've been to the general area of the campus to see the new building by Morphosis (I applied to their architecture program). Its a lively area, that has alot to offer, and being in New York you automatically have access to culture, and entertainment.

    Will learn a lot

    Not only are the class sizes small, due to the number of students accepted, etc., but the topics of choice within the programs are cutting edge and will put you at an advantage once you've completed your studies.

  • 11/17/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 4 of 4

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Dorms, NAB, and Foundation Building all have security. They're all awesome and no complaints. Keep in mind though you are in the city and stuff can happen. Whenever a group of girls are walking to a party or to go somewhere late at night we always make sure we have like 2 guys per girl basically. (It's also Cooper so this ratio is not hard at all)

    Greek Life

    One frat. You'll know every guy in it by the second week of the semester. Truly good guys who will look out for you whenever you go out.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many to choose from. Great way to connect with upperclassmen. Always free food.

    Great for these types of students

    Hard-working and intelligent. Also, those who are okay with seeing their friends having a ton of fun on gorgeous campuses while they're sitting there studying.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Well there really isn't a campus but you'll always find people on the staircase of NAB or in Frankie's.

    Bang for the buck

    Okay, so no more full scholarships sucks and they still don't really understand how to charge tuition. But still you're paying the equivalent of a state school for an education that is far superior.

    What to do for fun

    Do you honestly have time? If you do your work and study yes you do! There's so many fun things to do around. Going out with a group of friends at 2am just to walk around and explore is the best. Trying new food is awesome. There's always events going on by some team, club, or company that's visiting campus.

    Food and Dining

    No meal plan sucks at points. Like when you're tired or sick and just really don't want to cook. But there's so many amazing places around. St. Mark's is right there and the women at Frankie's in NAB are the sweetest and make awesome stuff. Also, after about the first week of classes you'll learn that there's always food during Club Hours and at any other event. So you can usually find about 3 free meals in any given week.

    Dorm Life

    DORM DORM DORM DORM!!!! First of all it's cheaper than any apartment you'll find. Second, you meet tons of people within your major and outside of your major. There's always someone around to study or eat with. Plus there's always a ton of RA events. Just do it!

    Academic Rigor

    Definitely not easy. Most professors won't give more than 3 A's and have absolutely no problem failing people. That's not to say that all will do that. Even if you're grades aren't quite there as long as you're making an honest effort and going to office hours and tutoring some will make sure you pass. First day of summer semester and fall semester was told, Most of you were in the top 10% of your class. Statistically, now half of you are in the bottom of your class. A's are for those who are extremely gifted. B's are very hard to get. If you do your work and study you can get C's. But expect D's. D's are still very good. Don't look down on them. D's are what an average student should get. And you will get at least one F possibly 2 or 3 even. (Keep in mind that a lot of students come from countries that preach math and science from a young age or they went to Tech high schools.)

    Tips for prospective students

    Take as many AP/IB/College Credits as you can. For the most part they won't transfer, but they teach you the basis of learning how to study and having to put a lot of time into a topic. If your school doesn't offer hard classes (any engineering, comp sci, any math higher than APCalc AB) realize that you are at a HUGE disadvantage and it won't be easy to catch up. As most people are learning things for a second or third time you'll be learning it for the first and the professors expect that you already know all of it. (Trust me been there.) HSS is the most pointless class you'll ever take and admit that early on. Just do the work and get it done with. The writing you do for that class won't help you with any of the technical writing you have to do for any other class. Spend your valuable time on classes like Calc and Physics that really do matter.

    In three sentences

    Extremely hard but it will be worth it. Expect long nights and weekends studying. But the friendships you'll make will be genuine because no one else understands the lifestyle or time commitments that come with Cooper than other Cooper students.