The Cooper Union

The only private, full-scholarship college in the U.S. educating students for the professions of art, architecture and engineering, The Cooper Union opened in 1859 with the goal of educating working-class men and women in New York City. Founder Peter Cooper, who was one of America's richest businessmen, had less than a year of formal schooling and couldn't spell. In the mid-1800's, he used his success to build The Cooper Union to give access to education to the children of immigrants and working class families.