Often referred to as Cooper Union, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art was founded in 1859 by industrialist Peter Cooper. Cooper Union practices a radical enrollment system that admits hardworking students based on academic merit alone, providing each with a full-tuition scholarship. Students living in a student apartment or off campus housing will find that Cooper Union is comprised of three prestigious and distinct schools: the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, the School of Art and the Albert Nerken School of Engineering. The school has been ranked by Newsweek Magazine the most desirable small school in the U.S.
University housing and student living surrounds Cooper Union's landmark Foundation Building, located in Manhattan's East Village between Cooper Square and Astor Place. As a result of Cooper Union's full-tuition scholarships, the school is naturally one of the most applied to in the country. The school relies heavily upon public and private donations and real estate endowments to maintain their scholarship program and other costs.
Cooper Union has been involved with a number of cultural and historical milestones. For starters, Peter Cooper, in addition to his industrial businesses, is also the partial inventor of Jell-O, in conjunction with his wife. The school's historic Foundation Building was also the site of Abraham Lincoln's famous speech against opponent Stephen Douglass about federal power and slavery. Since then, the school has hosted presidents Grant, Cleveland, Taft, Teddy Roosevelt, Wilson, and Clinton.
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