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Applying to Co-op

Undergraduate Application 

The deadline to apply to co-op was Sept. 10, 2018. We are no longer accepting applications.

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 year two in the fall term. PEP students are admitted only at the beginning of year three in the fall term.

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. 

The last day to apply for co-op was Sept. 10, 2018. 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. (We announce the minimum GPA for Business and Economics students each July.)

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, 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 in the fall 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. 

Co-op Process Overview

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

  • Participate in modules or seminars on all aspects of the job search. (Seminars for Arts, Business, Economics and Science students are part of the fundamentals of co-operative education course.)
  • Apply to many job postings.
  • Be on campus for interviews during primary recruiting periods. We advise students not to make travel commitments during primary interview periods, including during the fall reading week before a winter work term. See below for primary interview periods. 
  • Not take vacations during work terms.
  • Be willing to relocate for jobs; that includes finding housing in another city or town.
  • Pay co-op fees to participate in the program.

Primary interview periods:

  • Interviews with CPA firms for students seeking their first work term 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 completed year one and achieved the minimum required grade point average for co-op by the application deadline.
  • The minimum overall GPA includes courses completed at Laurier in the fall and winter terms of year one.
  • Students must have completed five credits and no more than 7.5 credits in order to be eligible for a co-op admission interview; only the first five credits will be used to calculate the minimum grade point average. (More information is available below for international baccalaureate, advanced placement and transfer students.)
  • If you took courses during the spring term after first year, note that we will consider only courses you repeated, courses required for progression to second year and courses needed to meet co-op requirements for completing five full credits during first year.
  • If you completed fewer than 10 half-courses by the end of the winter term and completed electives during the spring term, we will use the marks from the elective courses that you completed first. For example, we will consider courses that you completed during intersession instead of those you completed during the summer term.
  • Once you repeat a course, the new mark replaces the earlier mark and becomes part of your GPA.
  • If you are required to take a half credit, but replace it with a course worth a full credit, we will give the mark the same weight as a half credit.
  • If you completed three first-year electives at the same time and needed only two to progress, we would consider the two highest marks.
  • If you take courses after the winter term, it is your responsibility to ensure that we receive your marks no later than Monday of the second week of classes in September.
  • Before taking courses through another school, check whether that school will provide you with marks by our deadline.
  • If you take courses from another school, please contact the Co-op Office once you receive your new marks. We will not consider marks we receive after Monday of the second week of classes in September. (If you take courses at Laurier, we will have access to your marks.)
  • We will let students know by email whether they are eligible for an admission interview. While we begin sending messages in August, it may take until early September to review marks and contact all applicants, especially for those who took courses during the spring term
  • During the assessment process after interviews are completed, students who achieve the GPA cut-off by the end of the winter 2018 term may be ranked higher in the marks category, which is one of four areas we assess.

Notes:

  • If you took courses after the winter term, we may give you less credit for your marks than we give students who met progression requirements by the end of April when we evaluate your academic achievement during the admission selection process
  • Enrolment Services sets limits on the number of courses that may be repeated; please check the academic calendar for regulations for your program
  • Arts, Economics and Science students: although your program does not require you to complete five full credits by the end of first year, you must complete five full credits to be considered for admission to co-op.
  • See Grade Requirements for information about ENTR310.

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

The minimum overall first year GPA in 2018 is 9.0 out of 12 for students applying for admission to Business and Economics Co-op. 

Students must achieve the overall GPA requirement by the application deadline. (In 2018, the actual average GPA of all students admitted to Business and Economics Co-op was 10.2) Check the program-specific requirements below to determine the minimum GPA for your program.

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, follow the "Grade Requirements and Requesting an Exemption to the Minimum GPA" tab below to learn how to request an exemption to the minimum GPA.

Business and Economics students need a first year GPA of at least 8.5 out of 12 to be considered for an exemption in 2018

Arts and Science students need a first year GPA of at least 6.30 to 6.49 overall and 7.0 in their major OR 6.5 overall and 6.8 to 6.99 in their major to be considered for an exemption.

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, despite your being registered with Accessible Learning.
  • 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 no longer accepting applications for 2018 admission to Business and Economics co-op. 

The only entry point for co-op is at the beginning of Year Two, in the fall. Students apply online to co-op by Monday of the first week of classes in Year 2.

Enrolment is limited; there are always many more applicants interviewed than there are spaces for co-op students. We typically receive applications from around 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: Arts Co-op and Science Co-op

Application Requirements: Other Co-op Programs