Have you been wondering if there is a college or university where every student gets a full-tuition scholarship?
Cooper Union for the Advancement of Sciences and Arts
High school students who are set on becoming artists, engineers, or architects should consider Cooper Union for the Advancement of Sciences and Arts, in Manhattan as one of their options. The tradition at Cooper Union has been to provide all of its students with full-tuition scholarships. This relieves students of the bite of a $40,000 per year tuition bill. That way, the students can dedicate their time to their studies and only have to pay their room, board and miscellaneous expenses. Having a full-tuition scholarship is a big plus in how to avoid student debt. As long as this remains feasible thanks to the college’s endowment and fund-raising efforts, this tradition can continue as it has since Cooper Union was first founded in 1859 by Peter Cooper, the inventor, industrialist and philanthropist.
Cooper Union recognizes that it is important to keep the tradition going, which is why it has begun to search for ways to raise funds and may start to implement other programs, for which it will charge tuition, such as continuing education, online programs, and graduate degree programs. Nonetheless, all students entering for the fall of 2013 in the traditional undergraduate core courses will still be assured a scholarship. Whether this scholarship will continue will depend on Cooper Union’s success at generating revenue from new programs, as well as from philanthropic sources. Benefactors wishing to donate to Cooper Union should e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs at 212.353.4103.
Here you can see the latest update on the status of the full-tuition scholarships at Cooper Union.
Study Art, Architecture or Engineering at Cooper Union
Cooper Union College has a very demanding admissions process. Each year, about 250 students are admitted, making for an acceptance rate in the range of seven or eight percent.
The deadline for admissions each year is January 1st. Cooper Union College accepts both the ACT and SAT, the results of which must reach the admissions office by February 1st. As a part of the admissions process, students intending on majoring in art or architecture must submit a project that the admissions staff will assign. Students interested in studying engineering can specialize in mechanical or chemical engineering.
While Cooper Union is not known for the kinds of campus happenings that other colleges across the United States are known for, there is an agreement with New York University (NYU) that allows Cooper Union College students to participate in NYU’s extra curricular activities if they would like. In addition, there are also professional clubs for Cooper Union students, as well as fraternities, a basketball team, volleyball, track and field, and groups for interests as diverse as ice cream and meditation. One of the benefits of Cooper Union is in its small class sizes. The student-faculty ratio is nine to one. Nearly three-quarters of the classes have fewer than 20 students.
Overall, Cooper Union is for serious, mature, hard-working students who already have a clear focus on their career goals. Students should definitely be clear from the start that they wish to pursue a career in architecture, art, or engineering, because these are the only fields offered here. So Cooper Union is not the place for undecided freshmen trying to figure out what major is right for them. In addition, students interested in Cooper Union should still apply for financial aid and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) forms, as some Cooper Union’s current students benefit from college grants, such as the Pell Grant, which helps students cope with some of the expenses associated with attending college.
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