The Cooper Union is a one-of-a-kind private college. Since 1859, it has been providing a full-tuition scholarship to every admitted student. But it’s not an easy school to get into. Only 8% are admitted. There are about 1000 undergrads (64% male) who study engineering, visual arts or architecture. The school has a handful of buildings (including a student residence that houses only 178) scattered in or near Cooper Square in Manhattan. They represent both the old and the new as you can see from my photos.