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| All three schools at Cooper Union are very special programs. It is broken down into the school of: Art, Engineering and Architecture. Probably the last remaining institute that practices a significant connection between the arts and the sciences. The different students divided in each of these school may show the distinction between the three types of minds, but our similarities are the most amazing parts. You won't really find a dumb artist, a boring engineer or an arrogant architect. Everyone here acts as intellectual professions trying to gain the skills towards their majors and hopefully dabble in classes offered at the other schools to broaden their skill set. Cooper Union is a small school consisting of two major building set in the heart of the lower east side Manhattan. Since it is so small it forces you to use the city as a academic device. We constantly have professional speakers with backgrounds from the three schools to come in and speak at our auditoriums, we gain the amazing culture of one of the hottest areas of NYC (fortunately far away from tourist areas), you are 15 minutes away from some of the largest museums in the world and we get access to use NYU's library one of the largest academic libraries in the country. This system forces you to use the real world from the beginning of your first year here. If you need something for your research, trust me it's in the city somewhere, so go get it.|
I have obviously been satisfied with my experience at Cooper because I am baffled at how it has changed me as a student, especially since I applied as a transfer. I have experience the system of other institutions and have something to compare. And fuck, I already felt set for the real world after my first year... I will always be thankful for being rewarded with such an education. Hopefully a review like this will reach to a student who may have doubt on applying to such a rigorous school like this because the school could be missing out on your intellect if you don't try.
another side note...Peter Cooper (the founder of our school) was an amazing person and exceptional inventor who really understood the big picture of what the world needed. His ideologies where wise and his early investments even wiser. This is why every student accepted at Cooper Union receives a full scholarship for their inspiring abilities and in respect I believe we all ingrate the way of Peter Cooper in every student as they leave his institute. *hopefully The Board of Trustee's (the only negative part of cooper) don't end up ruining the full-tuition promise from The Cooper Union. That act would bring the last remaining full-scholarship institution in America to extinction :(
|Sep 21 2012|| 2nd Year Male --
Class 2014 |
| I graduated over 25 years ago and I still look back fondly to my time at Cooper. I still remember my dad's encouraging words: "This is free; you're applying." In retrospect, I have no idea why I even dreamed about applying to MIT or Georgia Tech, since I couldn't have paid for them if I did apply and got accepted. Glad I didn't, so I can pretend that I might have been accepted. :-)|
Sure, there was a pretty-serious workload, but it didn't feel like Cooper was unique. Friends at other universities at the time spoke of similar experiences. Frankly, if you learn to handle deadlines in college, you'll be a lot more useful in your work life, both to yourself and those who pay you.
Yeah, the social life was bring-your-own. Fortunately, I had a tight circle of friends outside school, so I never lacked for activities. There was a fair share of clubs, but being a 100% commuter school when I went, the last thing you wanted to do was stay even later after class and then take the NYC subway home. If you're considering Cooper and want to be on the pep squad, you're looking at the wrong school. We Electrical Engineers thought about having a EE-PROM, but it never panned out. Yes, that was the type of people there. Some love it; some don't. You decide.
What makes Cooper stand out in my mind against most other universities is the preparation it gave me for the real world. We had adjunct professors from industry (mostly Bell Labs, which was still in it's hey-day then) who told us what was worth remembering in the lessons and what wasn't. Also, I got a job at the Computer Center, which brought in a few bucks, but also taught me how things run in a (pseudo-)production environment. It was less intense than a corporate data center, but the systems (we had two; it was the early 80s) had to stay up, especially when student projects were due. I value this as much as most of my classes.
I've seen some postings in recent years bashing Cooper's reputation as a "computer science" school, because it has no CS degree. This came after someone at Cooper spoke up about one of the early-2000s virus outbreaks. First of all, when I went EE's made more money than CS's, so I made the financial decision to go EE. That balance shifted literally while I was at school (sigh...), but Cooper provided (and provides, since I'm still in contact with the computer folks there) a state-o-the-art CS education, minus the degree. Most importantly, it teaches you real-world CS, with less focus on the O(N^2), numerical methods, etc., stuff that prepares you in no way for real software development.Would I do it all again? Absolutely. What would I change? I guess I would study more (but probably not; heck, you're only young once and it's NYC for goodness sake!), since I only graduated with 3.0, which hurt a bit the first 3 years or so of my career. Before you label me as not as bright as I think I am, I attended Manhattan College for grad school six months after graduating Cooper and pulled a 4.0 for my MEE. So, I guess you could say Cooper was harder, but you have to factor in the differences in work ethic of an 18 year old living at home vs. a 23 year old on his own.
| Starting Job: Member of Technical Staff, Preparedness: B, Reputation: C- |
|Mar 01 2010|| Alumnus Male --
Class 2000 |