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| For some background, I'm a mechanical engineer and I've consistently been on the dean's list for my stay here. I went to a typical public high school upstate and never honestly planned on going to Cooper, but it seemed like the smart decision at the end of high school.|
Cooper is well respected, if you're fortunate enough to find someone who has heard of it. Also it's free. Other than that though, Cooper has nothing going for it. The engineering curriculum is so dense that is impossible to actually learn the material and care about it. Instead I find myself desperately cramming it in a few days before and forgetting it the moment I step out of the exam. The engineering curriculum is also terrible as it has core requirements that are irrelevant to most majors. For instance, probability, physical chemistry and modern physics are not necessary for most engineers. Also, important classes like engineering mechanics, which is normally two classes (statics and dynamics) is a 3 credit course, which does not do the material justice. Then there are other issues such as classes being out of order. Systems dynamics is given at the same time as differential equations, although it is completely grounded on differential equations, and systems covers fluid and thermal systems which are only taught in the next year.
Socially, the school is filled with the most antisocial elements possible. Honestly, about 50% of the semester there is nothing going on. For the first few weeks of the semester there are 1 or 2 "parties" every weekend, but these are actually worse than high school parties. Also, if you don't know people in the city outside of Cooper, you will be stuck with people at Cooper for your whole time. Don't expect to enjoy living in new york city very much. I rarely do any school work in the weekends, but it is impossible to get people to go do anything. Also, the student body is largely demoralized and depressed about life (normally it's a combination of difficulty of classes and the lack of a healthy social life), although some people seem to enjoy the work and challenge.Essentially Cooper is an intense academic institution at a rock bottom price. However, you have to be dedicated to your studies as it as all you can achieve. Ambitions to lead a well rounded life end in bitter disappointment. If you're content with receiving a good education and not living life, then you'll love Cooper.
|May 01 2009|| 2nd Year Male --
Class 2011 |
| Attending Cooper Union was well worth the effort. The course work is extremely rigorous, much more so at other colleges. Not too good for your GPA, but good for you. Also, I made my best friends at Cooper Union. |
|Oct 23 2008|| Alumnus Male --
Class 2000 |
| Cooper is all it is cracked up to be, as long as the people you interview with know the school. If they don't know the school then you might as well tell them you went to a SUNY school or other state school since it won't make a difference since they are not aware of Cooper's quality. However, if they DO know Cooper, you will be in like flint. Having it on my resume has helped me quite a bit in my career path.|
One of the first things they tell you when you get in Cooper is that is very hard to get into the school, but it is even harder to stay in. There is such a high dropout/transfer rate in the first year it is surreal. If you do succeed in graduating, your GPA won't be great but I will tell you this, you will definitely have the skills to succeed in the real world. I was a Chem Engineering major and I can tell you that Cooper really taught me how to write a quality lab report as evidenced by my performance in my graduate studies.
You will see a Campus rating on the page here. They might as well just remove that line completely - there is no campus. There are a total of five buildings, including the freshman dorms, which are contained in 2 Manhattan blocks (3rd ave and 6th thru 3rd ave and St. Marks). If you are looking for campus life, greek life and all that college fun stuff, don't goto Cooper. There is no grass, two fraternities, one sorority, no "organized" NCAA sports, etc.
Besides the fact that Cooper doesn't have the funds or the student body necessary to support a field of extracurriculars, there is just too much school work to even consider participation - unless of course you don't mind having your grades suffer more than they already are.
One major positive of the lack of a campus and the school being so small is that the transition from High School to Cooper is rather easy. I was at a High School where the average class size was 20-25, my entire class was 150 students, everyone was familiar with one another, and all my classes were in one building. Cooper was the exact same way .
| Starting Job: Teaching Assistant, Preparedness: A+, Reputation: A+ |
|May 10 2008|| Alumnus Male --
Class 2000 |