Art Portfolio Review Days and National Portfolio Review Days

The Cooper Union School of Art application for the Fall 2016 will be available in early August 2015. Students interested in applying and requesting information should review the application information at the Office of Admissions. Applicants for freshman and transfer admission will be required to complete and send in a Home Test of visual problems, a questionnaire, a sketchbook and any additional original work.  This should include sketchbooks, actual work, as well as work appropriate in digital format.  For Early Decision, the Home Test will be e-mailed to applicants in Mid-December.  For Regular Decision, the Home Test will be emailed to applicants in late January. 

Each application is reviewed by a faculty committee consisting of a cross-section of disciplines in the School of Art. Final decisions are made by the School of Art Admissions Committee based on all the elements of the application, with substantial weight given to the Home Test problems. Admission is offered to approximately 60 students. Admissions decisions will be available in early April.

The School of Art holds a series of Art Portfolio Review Days in the fall, at which prospective students bring portfolios for review and have the opportunity to learn more about the school from faculty and alumni. The Art Portfolio Review Day consists of an orientation, a guided tour of the facilities and an individual portfolio review by faculty or alumni of the School of Art. The dates of the Art Portfolio Review Days are listed below.  

On-campus School of Art Portfolio Review Days

Friday, November 6th, 2015

Friday, November 13th, 2015
Friday, November 20th, 2015
Friday, December 4th, 2015

Registration required - click here.

In addition to our own Art Portfolio Review Days, faculty and alumni of the School of Art also visit portfolio day events throughout the country sponsored by the National Portfolio Day Association. Like the Art Portfolio Review Days, portfolio days are not a formal part of the admissions process but often play a role in successful applications. Art work is reviewed by faculty members and alumni who advise potential art students. A large percentage of students accepted to the School of Art have been reviewed by faculty or alumni at a NPDA Portfolio Day, an Art Portfolio Review Day or through the Saturday/Outreach Program.

2015-2016 National Portfolio Day Events 

The Cooper Union School of Art will be atte­­nding the following NPDA events. You can also view a PDF of these dates


Event Date

Event City



Oct. 3, 2015

Cincinnati, Ohio


Oct. 4, 2015

Cleveland, Ohio


Oct. 10, 2015

Austin, Texas


Oct. 10, 2015

San Diego, California


Oct. 11, 2015

Dallas, Texas


Oct. 11, 2015

Minneapolis, Minnesota


Oct. 17, 2015

Milwaukee, Wisconsin


Oct. 18, 2015

Chicago, Illinois


Oct. 18, 2015

Nashville, Tennessee


Oct. 25, 2015

Ann Arbor, Michigan


Oct. 25, 2015

St. Louis, Missouri


Oct. 31, 2015

Hartford, Connecticut


Oct. 31, 2015

Richmond, Virginia


Nov. 1, 2015

Boston, Massachusetts


Nov. 8, 2015

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Nov. 8, 2015

Rochester, New York


Nov. 15, 2015

New York, New York


Nov. 21, 2015

Washington, DC


Nov. 22, 2015

Baltimore, Maryland


Dec. 5, 2015

Phoenix, Arizona


Dec. 6, 2015

Albuquerque, New Mexico


Jan. 9, 2016

Seattle, Washington


Jan. 10, 2016

Portland, Oregon


Jan. 16, 2016

New Orleans, Lousianna


Jan. 16, 2016

San Francisco, California


Jan. 17, 2016

Los Angeles, California


Jan. 23, 2016

Miami, Florida


Jan. 24, 2016

Sarasota, FL



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  • “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.”

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  • 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.