Registration Instructions

Spring 2023

Online registration through Student Self-Service for the Spring 2023 semester classes will take place between November 15 and 21, 2022. Registration starts at 9 am according to the schedule below. This registration is for all Bachelor's degree and Master's degree students who plan to return to The Cooper Union in September.

If in Spring 2023 you will be ... You will register online starting at 9 am on ...
A Master’s student, or a senior in all schools Tuesday, November 15
An Art Junior, or
An Engineering Junior, or
A Third- or Fourth-Year Architecture Student
Wednesday, November 16
An Architecture, Art, or Engineering Sophomore Thursday, November 17
A Freshmen *Registered by the Registrar's Office

Separate registration instructions for each school and HSS can be found below.

Please note: Students who have a financial obligation to The Cooper Union will not be permitted to register. Please satisfy any debts before registration.

Online registration through Student Self-Service will occur in the following way:

  1. Each student will submit a proposed schedule to their advisor. Students are encouraged to e-mail their advisors that they have submitted their course plan. Art students will follow their school's instructions and follow up with their advisors as needed.
  2. The advisor will review the schedule and approve it if satisfactory. Advisors must e-mail their students upon approval.
  3. Starting on their appointed day and continuing through April 29, students will register online.
  4. If a student encounters difficulty with registration, staff members in the Office of the Registrar can be reached during normal business hours by email at

See Using Student Self-Service for detailed instructions.

Schedule changes and necessary program alterations may be accommodated without fee during the drop/add period, which is August 29 to September 6. After that there is a $25 fee for withdrawing from courses (no courses may be added).

The first day of classes will be Tuesday, January 17. Monday classes meet.

Any returning student who does not register between November 15 and 21 may register from January 17 - 24 ; there will be a $100 late registration fee.

After January 24 students may drop classes only within the guidelines and timeframes established by the three Schools and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences; there will be a $25 fee for each transaction.

Master's students please note: Even if you are pursuing only the completion of your thesis, you MUST register in the normal way.

To All Seniors and Graduating Master’s Students 

Please answer the questions in the Graduation section in Student Self-Service, and make sure to indicate how you want your name to appear on your diploma. 

Name Changes 

To change your name, you must make arrangements to bring original legal documentation to the Registrar office (email 

  • 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.