Cooper Union, also known as The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, is a private college located in New York City. Founded in 1859, it is one of the oldest and most prestigious art schools in the United States. The college offers undergraduate and graduate programs in art, architecture, and engineering. Its mission is to educate and inspire students to make meaningful contributions to society through their work and research. The Cooper Union is known for its rigorous and interdisciplinary curriculum, as well as its commitment to providing students with a hands-on, studio-based education. Its alumni include many prominent artists, architects, and engineers, and its faculty have included some of the most influential figures in the fields of art and design. The Cooper Union is a highly selective institution, and admission is extremely competitive.