Image unavailable
Rank: 119

Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

New York, NYwww.cooper.edu
Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, as the school is officially called, is a small college in New York City's artsy East Village with only three programs of study: art, architecture, and engineering. It is among the nation's most selective schools, but getting in pays off: Cooper Union alumni often thrive in the competitive art and architecture worlds. Students say the workload can be tough to balance. Notable graduates include Daniel Libeskind, who designed New York City's new Freedom Tower. One reason for Cooper Union's past popularity, and its high placement on many "value college" lists, was its free tuition policy. But for the first time since its founding in 1859, the school started charging tuition in 2014, a decision that's been questioned and criticized by many alumni, faculty, and students. The school has said it plans to return to the earlier model in a decade, with scholarships increasing soon. Cooper Union is also notable for being one of the first institutions to make all of its bathrooms gender neutral back in 2016.
costs
Est. Full Price 2018-2019
$66,600
% of students who get any grants
97%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$37,300
Average price for low-income students
$10,400
admissions
Acceptance rate
13%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1420/31
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
921
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
100%
% of need met
89%
% of students who get merit* grants
63%
Average merit grant
$32,488
student success
Graduation rate
87%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$16,700
Average salary within 3 years
$63,900
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
52%
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
N/A

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

MONEY may receive compensation for some links to products and services on this website. Offers may be subject to change without notice.

Quotes delayed at least 15 minutes. Market data provided by Interactive Data. ETF and Mutual Fund data provided by Morningstar, Inc. Dow Jones Terms & Conditions: http://www.djindexes.com/mdsidx/html/tandc/indexestandcs.html. S&P Index data is the property of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. and its licensors. All rights reserved. Terms & Conditions. Powered and implemented by Interactive Data Managed Solutions