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The Case For Cooper



“We all have had life changing experiences. Mine was being accepted to The Cooper Union. Considering Cooper Union's generous gift can there be any doubt that I owe the school a debt of gratitude? I believe we all owe Cooper Union something.” - James Craig A'63


This quote from James Craig speaks for many who find supporting The Cooper Union so meaningful.

Alumni of The Cooper Union take pride in their achievements. It is an achievement to gain admission to Cooper, and an achievement to graduate. From these early accomplishments flow lifetimes of success that our alumni pass along to successive generations.

In so many ways, we all have benefited from the education Cooper Union students receive. Bob Kane A’33, creator of the comic book hero Batman, has entertained us for generations. Stanley Lapidus EE’70, inventor of the ThinPrep Pap Test for the early detection of cervical cancer, has saved the lives of countless women. Daniel Libeskind AR’70, architect of the World Trade Center master plan, has maintained the sanctity of the space while rebuilding for the future. By giving back to Cooper you leave your mark on this community and your legacy for the future.

Thousands of alumni, parents and friends stand committed to sustaining Peter Cooper’s vision and his profound belief that education improves society. Cooper established a school that unleashes the imagination, creativity and inventiveness of the human mind in the service of a better world. While Cooper remains a private institution, its purpose for over 150 years has been the public good.

The Cooper Union has never relied solely on the generosity of generations past. We all have a responsibility to take up the torch and to pass it forward. It is up to the generations that have succeeded Peter Cooper to keep the light shining and moving forward.

Please support our enduring work of education of the first rank, admission based on merit and success that improves society. Please join us today.