Life and Learning at the Albert Nerken School of Engineering

The first of a series of videos produced by the Office of Admissions focuses on the unique experience of studying at the Albert Nerken School of Engineering. Students, faculty, staff, alumni and parents all provide their perspectives. The eleven-minute video ranges from the school's intensive approach to instruction and advising, to its competitive/collaborative culture to its opportunities for interdisciplinary learning with the School of Art, the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Other subjects include student life, the athletic program and living in downtown Manhattan.

  • 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.