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Reviews 57 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: You obviously don't go to Cooper Union for sports. There are no facilities and teams rarely get practice time.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It's Manhattan. End of story.

Not sure how many people live in other boroughs or New Jersey, but quite a number of students commute more than 45 minutes to school. You will not pay nearly as much if you extend your commute time.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: You can probably find all the food in the world within 10 minutes walking radius. It problem is whether you have the time and money to partake in such activity.

3 College Freshman

Administration: There is something wrong with the administration and I don't know why. There is a general distrust between the student body and the administration.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: The school no longer offer free tuition for all, but the financial aid is still pretty generous.

2 College Freshman

Campus Food: The snack bar serves lunch boxes and chicken sandwiches among other items. Other than that, you will need to venture outside for food.

4 College Freshman

Technology: There are enough computer labs open weekdays until midnight that I don't think a personal computer is totally necessary if you don't have one, but most people do anyway.

2 College Freshman

Campus Food: It's a tiny cafeteria that has some sub par bagels, coffee & lunch options. If you want anything substantial/ (or just better..) to eat you can just leave the building & cross the street.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Everyone drinks, some people drink casually way too often (esp. in the art school) . The faculty, administration & the R.A.s have an incredibly lax approach to this. Drug-wise most people have experimented extensively & at least have been exposed to drugs in the past, but with the amount of work it's difficult to keep up a drug addiction. However, there's a solid 1/5 of the freshman art class that still take drugs so it's really up to you. From what I hear, the engineers smoke more pot than the artists.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: Very accepting community. There is no 'majority'

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It's a really weird place to be. The community is incredibly dynamic & will give you an unparalleled experience. At the same time, I find that the general environment of the school is not very conducive to creating well rounded individuals.

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2 College Freshman

Athletics: There are no facilities (as far as I know) There are some sports teams that you can participate in but nobody takes them seriously.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: It's NYC so it's incredibly stimulating & provides you with access to literally anything you could imagine, but at the same time it can make you feel really displaced and isolated. The area around the school & the dorm is incredibly active and overly-stimulating. It can be difficult to find a moment of peace or silence in such an environment. Personally, I was really surprised to realize how much the condition of this environment can affect students & their schoolwork.

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: I wouldn't expect any random hook ups in the art school.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There's a wide variety of housing options available in manhattan & in brooklyn for any budget. However, finding anything below $500 a month will probably be a little bit of a struggle. Cooper Union only has housing for freshman so you're forced to live off campus & I'm not sure how much they will help you with off campus housing but students mostly turn to other students/ craigslist for help.

3 College Freshman

Weather: It's NYC. In the summertime you can't breathe. In the wintertime everything is frozen sludge.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: I have a $160,000 scholarship so I'm pretty happy about that. Other than that the financial aid department still gives out extra aid depending on your fafsa information & they are pretty difficult to get in touch with (or even locate!) but after you get through the trouble of doing so you can expect a decent amount of aid.

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: You have a few options for nightlife. Cooper union or NYC. The Art School has parties almost every weekend but most of the time people do their own thing. Parties never really get too crazy or too big. Just by being in NYC you really have an unlimited amount of options.

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: There's one small fraternity. They live in a 2 story apartment on the lower east side about 10 blocks away from the dorms & they throw parties sometimes. It's pretty low-key and they are integrated into the rest of the community.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: You're in the middle of the East Village on St. Marks & 3rd avenue with potentially the greatest variety of options possible. Anything between 24 hour $1 pizza (& 2.50 felafel) and $15 gourmet sandwiches. IMO there are so many options that it becomes redundant and feels really unnecessary.

4 College Freshman

Weather: 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.

4 College Senior

Majors: 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.

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3 College Senior

Athletics: 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.

2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: 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

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5 College Freshman

Academics: Cooper has a reputation of producing high quality engineers, artists, and architects and this comes from the amazing education you receive here.

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