Cooper Union: Established 1859, the legacy of Peter Cooper. The full name is the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. It is the only private, full-scholarship college in the US, and is divided into three schools: The School of Art, the Chanin School of Architecture, and the Nerken School of Engineering. Cooper Union boasts Edison and Frankfurter as students.
The Cooper Union sits right in the middle of Cooper Square in the East Village. Students frequent the outside steps of the Union, and on sunny days from April to September it's not unusual to see impromptu classes being held on the sidewalk. The Village Voice has its offices across the street, and the famous Mud Truck sits outside of the Union on sunny afternoons, right near the entrance to the Astor Place stop (the 6 stops at Astor Place, right next to the union).