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Applying to Co-op

Undergraduate Application 

The only entry point for Arts co-op, Business and Economics co-op, Science co-op and double degree co-op is at the beginning of the fall term in second year. PEP students are admitted only at the beginning of the fall term in third year.

Students who are removed from their academic program are not eligible to continue in co-op, even if they are later reinstated into that program. Exception: Double-degree students who have completed at least one work term may transfer to a single degree program if their overall first-year GPA met the minimum set by the Co-op Office that year and they received an overall evaluation of at least "Satisfactory" from their co-op employer and they met the academic requirements for both degree programs.

We are now accepting applications for 2017. The last day to apply is September 11, 2017. We will not accept late applications.

If we offer you admission to co-op, we will have you agree to follow co-op rules and regulations. Read the admission conditions for your co-op program.

Please scroll down for information about the minimum GPA.

Graduate Application

Students apply to the MBA co-op and Master of Finance co-op programs through the School of Business and Economics.

Students applying to the Master of Arts in Business Economics at Laurier indicate whether they wish to be considered for co-op at the time of application.

If you accept admission to co-op, you agree to follow the rules and regulations outlined in the admission conditions for your co-op program.

If you have any questions about graduate co-op programs, please contact Laurie Lahn.

International Application 

Students on study permits may apply to and be admitted into co-op programs at Laurier. Note, however, that there may be a limit on the number of spaces available to international students.

The only entry point for co-op is at the beginning of second year. Students who are removed from their academic program are not eligible to continue in co-op, even if they are later reinstated into that program. 

If you are admitted to co-op, you will be required to:

  • Participate in seminars on all aspects of the job search. (Seminars for Arts, Business, Economics and Science students are part of the fundamentals of co-op course.)
  • Apply to many job postings.
  • Be on campus for interviews during primary recruiting periods.*
  • Not take vacations during work terms.
  • Willing to relocate for jobs; that includes finding housing in another city or town.
  • Pay co-op fees to participate in the program.

*Interviews with CPA firms take place during the first week of classes in January. Interviews for the spring work term take place from late January through mid-February. Interviews for the winter work term take place from mid to late October, including during the fall reading week.

Marks for Applicants

Arts, Business, Economics, Science

We interview only those applicants who achieved the minimum required grade point average for the program. Your minimum overall GPA includes all the courses you completed at Laurier in the fall and winter terms of your first year.

Students applying to Arts Co-op, Business and Economics Co-op and Science Co-op must achieve the overall GPA requirement by the deadline for applying to co-op.

We will let students know by email whether they are eligible for an admission interview. We will begin sending messages in late July, but it may take until early September to contact all applicants.

All students who meet the overall GPA minimum are eligible for an admission interview. During the assessment process after interviews are completed, students who achieve the GPA cut-off by the end of the winter 2017 term may be ranked higher in the marks category, which is one of four areas we assess.

Minimum GPA

Arts Co-op, Science Co-op

Applicants to Arts co-op and Science co-op need an overall GPA of at least 7.0 in first year, or a GPA of at least 7.0 in their honours discipline courses and at least 6.5 overall, to be granted an admission interview.

Business and Economics Co-op

We set the minimum overall first-year GPA in July. Check the program-specific requirements below to determine the minimum GPA for your program. (Follow the "Grade Requirements and Requesting an Exemption to the Minimum GPA" tab below.)

Exemption to minimum GPA: If you do not meet the minimum GPA and you want us to consider granting you an exemption due to certain circumstances, visit the co-op and career website to learn how to request an exemption to the minimum GPA. (We will set the minimum GPA required to request an exemption in July, once we set the minimum GPA required for an interview.)

We are able to grant exemptions only to students who meet the following criteria:

  • Extenuating circumstances related to a learning disability that was diagnosed before or during your first year at university but that was not accommodated during first year.
  • An ongoing, debilitating health problem.*
  • A death in your immediate family (parents/legal guardian and siblings).
  • A prolonged and life-threatening illness that occurred during your first year at Laurier.*

*Please provide supporting documentation to show that you had a chronic health problem in first year that had a serious and ongoing impact on your life or that you had an acute and serious illness that required significant intervention in order for you to complete your first year of university. We will not consider common illnesses such at mononucleosis or influenza.

Application Requirements: Business and Economics Co-op

We are now accepting applications for fall 2017 admission to Business and Economics co-op. 

The only entry point for co-op is at the beginning of the fall term in second year. Students apply online to co-op by Monday of the first week of classes in Year 2. (The application deadline is September 11, 2017. We will not accept late applications.)

Enrolment is limited; there are always many more applicants interviewed than there are spaces for co-op students. We typically receive applications from more than 700 business and economics students each year and have offered admission to approximately 385 students. Students on study permits may apply to and be admitted into co-op programs at Laurier. Note, however, that there may be a limit on the number of spaces available to international students.

You must be enrolled full-time in your first four-year degree program to apply. Co-op is not available to students pursuing a second undergraduate degree. Students who are removed from their academic program are not eligible to continue in co-op, even if they are later reinstated into that program.

Application Requirements: Other Co-op Programs

Contact Us:

Waterloo Campus

E: lauriercoop@wlu.ca
T: 519.884.0710 x4484
F: 519.884.8829
Office Location: 192 King Street North

Office Hours:

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.

Brantford Campus

E: lauriercoop@wlu.ca
T: 519.756.8228 x5844
Office Location: 38 Market Street