Summer Writing Program: Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I will be a high school senior in the fall of 2014. Can I register for this class?
A: Yes. Rising seniors (those entering their senior year in September 2014) may also apply. The program will give you advanced critical thinking and writing skills that will serve you in high school and then later in college.

Q: Is there a creative writing aspect to this course?
A: No. The course focuses on academic writing of the kind required in introductory humanities and social sciences classes.

Q: I am a non-native English speaker. Can I take this course?
A: This course is not designed as an ESOL course. However, if your high school was taught in English and you meet the other criteria, you may register for this course.

Q: My parents want me to take this course, but humanities and social science courses usually bore me.
A: Our experienced teachers love teaching writing and have developed ways to talk about it that are clear and interesting. You’ll be challenged, not bored.

Q: Is there only one session of this class or will it be offered again later in the summer?
A: The only session of the class is the July 7-24th session. 

Q: With the live class, can I choose between the morning and afternoon sessions?
A: The live class meets for four hours daily, two hours in the morning, and two in the afternoon.

Q: Who will the teachers be?
A: Instructors with extensive experience in both the classroom and in working one-on-one with students to improve their writing.

Q: Is there an application form? Do my H.S. grades matter? Do I need recommendations?
A: No special application form is needed, only the information requested on the website. You don’t need recommendations. All students interested in working on the writing and reading skills needed for college-level writing are welcome; grades are not a factor. 

Q: I am thinking of applying to Cooper Union. Will taking this course help?
A: Admissions to the Cooper Union are based on criteria established by the college's three Schools (Art, Architecture, and Engineering). Taking this course will not have an effect on your application.

Q: Is college credit available for the course?
A: No. However, the skills you learn in the course will serve you in all college writing and writing-intensive courses.

Q: Will there be homework?
A: Yes. While a good deal of writing will be done in class, you will also have reading and writing assignments to do at home.

Q: Is the program residential?
A: No. It is a day program only.

Q: What is the Cooper Union campus like?
A: Cooper Union has two main buildings: the Foundation Building, built in 1859 and now a New York City landmark, and 41 Cooper Square, built in 2009. The Foundation Building’s Great Hall has hosted speakers including Abraham Lincoln, Mark Twain, Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama. 41 Cooper Square, designed by Pritzker-Prize winning architect Thomas Mayne of Morphosis Architects, is LEED-certified and known for its innovative approaches to space and energy use.  Cooper Union is located in the East Village, a vibrant, exciting neighborhood filled with colleges, restaurants, and shops.

Q: When is the registration deadline?
A: June 15th.

Q: How much is tuition for the Summer Writing Program?
A: $2,500.00 for the live class, $1400.00 for the on-line class.

Q: Are there additional costs for books or materials?
A: No. You will need to download and print the assigned readings. 

Q: Is a deposit required to hold my space?
A: Yes. A non-refundable deposit of $500 is required by June 1.

Q: When is full payment due?
A: Full payment is due by June 15th. Students who pay in full by June 1st will save 10% on tuition. 

Q: Is tuition refundable?
A: If a student withdraws from the program prior to the first day of class and after the full tuition has been paid, 50% of the tuition will be refunded.

Q: Do you offer financial aid?
A: The Cooper Union does not provide financial aid for this program.

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.