some professors are very respectful and professional, there are also
many who behave as if students at the school deserve
to take the numerous personal insults and abuses leveled at
them without complaint, because the students are getting a free
ride. I have since attended 2 different universities for
2 graduate degrees, and have never since witnessed the kinds
of verbal and psychological abuses I've witnessed at this school.
Many people here say that the professors are
very smart and know what they're doing, but that, as
it turns out, applies to most professors at most accredited
schools. There are even professors at other universities who
have Nobel Prizes, not one of which can be found
at this institution.
I think a large state
school like Virginia Tech or University of Michigan, with a
respectable engineering program, beats Cooper Union in terms of value.
If you put the same amount of effort you
otherwise would, had you attended Cooper, into your studies, you
would get a much better GPA, make more friends, and,
at the end, learn just as much, land the same
job and attend the same grad school as Cooper graduates.
I am the only Cooper graduate I know working
at my current company. My classmates at grad school
don't know what Cooper Union is. If you could
take two different paths and end up at the same
juncture later on in life, why would you run the
gauntlet? Remember that you are valued in society by
what you know, not by where you learned it.
There is nothing you can learn at Cooper that you
can't learn at other respectable, but less selective schools.
However, there are skills you can acquire at larger schools
with a larger student body that you can't learn at
Cooper. These are soft skills you will later need
to grow as a person, and to succeed in life.