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Cooper Union Admission Requirements

Chances of getting into Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
16%
Admission Difficulty for Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsElite
Applicant CompetitionVery High

How hard is it to get into Cooper Union and can I get accepted? The school has a 16% acceptance rate ranking it #6 in New York for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 392 out of 2,447 applicants were admitted making Cooper Union a very highly competitive school to get into with a low chance of acceptance for typical applicants.  Academically, it has exceptionally high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 10 percent. Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Of those applicants who were admitted, 55% enrolled. With over half of admitted students enrolling, acceptance by Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art is a prized outcome for many students.

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Cooper Union SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1280-1510
Applicants Submitting SAT
73%
SAT Scores for Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 630
SAT Math 25th 650
SAT Composite 25th 1280
SAT Scores for Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 720
SAT Math 75th 790
SAT Composite 75th 1510
Average SAT Score 1400

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art?

Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art typically requires applicants to be in the top 14 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1280 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1160. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1400 out of 1600. The school ranks #11 in New York for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 73 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

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Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1510 and Above Good >24%
1395 to 1510 Avg + 16%-24%
1280 to 1395 Avg - 10%-16%
1165 to 1280 Reach 6%-10%
Less than 1165 Low <6%
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Cooper Union ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
31-34 
Applicants Submitting ACT
32%
ACT Scores for Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 31
ACT Math 25th 29
ACT Composite 25th 31
ACT Scores for Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 35
ACT Math 75th 35
ACT Composite 75th 34
Average ACT Score 32

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Cooper Union?

Admission data indicates that Cooper Union regularly accepts students with ACT's of 31 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 5 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 30 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 32 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 34 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #4 in New York for highest average ACT composite score. 32 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
34 and Above Good >28%
32 to 34 Avg + 16%-28%
31 to 32 Avg - 12%-16%
30 to 31 Reach 9%-12%
Less than 30 Low <9%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.6
Typical High School Grades
B+

You will need very good grades in high school to get into Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art was 3.6 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #18 in New York for highest average GPA. Meeting these GPA requirements alone is not enough to gain admission as Cooper Union is a very selective school.

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Admission Statistics

Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 1,234 1,213 2,447
Accepted 190 202 392
Acceptance Rate 15% 17% 16%
Enrolled 97 119 216
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 51% 59% 55%

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Required

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit No
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=190372 IPEDS survey data for Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.

Frequently Asked Questions

73% of students submit their SAT scores to Cooper Union. 32% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

16% of those who apply are granted admission to Cooper Union. Admission competition is very high and the college has elite admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1280 and 1510. 73% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 31 and 34. 32% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.