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Step 2: Application Review

Updated July 30, 2020

This is the second step in a three-step application process. Please ensure you have completed Step 1 before continuing. 

The application review process consists of a review of your grades, your resume and an admission interview.

Once we receive your application and determine if you have met the minimum GPA requirement, you may be granted an admission interview. If you are granted an interview, we will send a message to your Laurier email with instructions for you to schedule a timeslot for your interview.  You will then receive a confirmation of your appointment time as well as a link to complete the Introductory Statement, where you will be asked to upload your Resume, and for BBA students select your Sequence option.  You must complete this at least three business days before your admission interview.

If you are a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) student, you will also be required to submit a work sequence request form when completing your Introductory Statement before your interview. Review the BBA Work Sequences Options before you complete the Introductory Statement so you are prepared to select the best choice for you. You will not be allowed to change your sequence preference choice once an offer of admission is made.  

Resume Submission

Please ensure the Co-op Office receives your resume at least three business days before your admission interview is scheduled to take place. For example, if your interview is on a Monday, please complete the Introductory Statement including uploading your resume by the previous Wednesday

Please ensure your resume is in PDF format and follow the sample resume format for your program, below, and provide as much detail as possible in two pages (with an additional third page that includes your photograph).

All applicants must provide:

  • names and contact information for each employer listed on their resume
  • a statement verifying that the information is accurate
  • a photo of yourself on a 3rd page to add to your file

We will not interview candidates who do not provide this information on their resume.

To submit your resume, you must complete the Introductory Statement that will be emailed to you when you schedule your admission interview. You will be asked to upload your resume after you agree to the introductory statement.

If you need to resubmit/change your resume, please email it to coopadmissions@wlu.ca and indicate it is an updated resume submission, your interview date, and full name. 

Please note: The samples at the links below are for use when applying for admission to co-op. If you are admitted to co-op, we will have you follow a different format when applying to co-op positions.

Admission Interviews

We begin interviewing candidates in late August. To qualify for an admission interview in the fall of their second year, your first-year marks must meet the minimum GPA, depending on your program.

In fall 2020, all admission interviews will take place online, using video conferencing software, as a physical distancing measure in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please arrange to have access to the Internet and to a device with a webcam for your admissions interview.

Selection of candidates is based on four categories (weighted equally):

  • work experience in the last three years*
  • volunteer service and extracurricular activities in the last three years
  • academic record in your first year at Laurier (GPA)
  • performance during the interview

Note:

We recognize that all candidates for admission in fall 2020 have been affected by the global pandemic. We will be comparing you with each other, not with candidates in previous years.

*We will give consideration to students who were able to secure paid employment, in a safe environment, during the summer of 2020. If you were not, however, able to find employment this summer, please be prepared to tell us how you have spent your time since March. We want to hear about courses and volunteer work, and about any skills or knowledge you have gained and that you could apply to co-op jobs.

The last co-op admission interview date for eligible Arts and Science students is September 16 (transfer students from other schools may be scheduled for a co-op admission interviews as late as September 17 and September 18).

The last co-op admission interview date for eligible BBA and Economics students will be late September (date to be announced).

We will announce admission decisions by early October for students in arts, business, economics, science and user design. The timeframe for computer, data and applied water science is early January. 

Extenuating Circumstances  

Follow the link below to see the extenuating circumstances we will accept.

We will consider extenuating circumstances that may have an impact on one of the following:

  • your performance during the interview
  • your marks in first year
  • your ability to work
  • your ability to participate in volunteer service and extracurricular activities 

Note:

  • The COVID-19 pandemic has had a global effect on the economy and the labour market, and has therefore had an impact on all candidates. For this reason, we will not consider the pandemic as an extenuating circumstance for any individual student.
  • If you became seriously ill with COVID-19, or if you were the primary caregiver for a member of your immediate family (parent, sibling or child) who was ill with COVID-19, you may ask us to consider as an extenuating circumstance the effects of this situation on your marks, work experience, or volunteer or extracurricular activities.

If you would like us to consider your extenuating circumstances during the interview process, please send a request to coopadmissions@wlu.ca at least 48 hour before your interview. Please include:

  • a written explanation, in no more than 500 words, or one page, of your extenuating circumstances and the impact they had on either your interview performance, your marks in first year, your ability to work, or your ability to particicpate in volunteer service and extracurricular activities. 
  • supporting documentation*
  • included your name and Laurier student number in the subject line of your email.

*See accepted extenuating circumstances, below, for details on supporting documentation.

Admission Decisions, Feedback and Appeals

If you do not receive an offer of admission and wish to receive feedback from interviewers or appeal the decision, please review Notice of Admission Decisions, Feedback and Appeals for next steps.