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Step 2: Application Review

Updated April 21, 2021.

The application review is the second step in a three-step application process.

The first step is to apply by following Step 1: Applying on Navigator.

Once you have applied, we check your marks to see whether checking you meet the minimum GPA requirement for your program. (We will have access to your marks in July.)

If you meet the minimum GPA, we will ask you to schedule an admission interview interview, provide a resume, and read an introductory statement.

If you are a BBA student, we will also ask you to indicate which sequence of work and study terms you prefer.

(UXD students: We will ask you to send your portfolio to coopadmissions@wlu.ca by September 13, 2021.)

In this step, you will find information about: 

To see a recording for of the information session about applying to co-op in your program, scroll down to View Webinar.

Admission Interview Status

In August, we will begin offering admission interviews to applicants seeking admission to Arts Co-op, Business and Economics Co-op, and Science Co-op in 2021.

Admission Interviews

To qualify for an admission interview in the fall of your second year, your first-year marks must meet the minimum GPA, depending on your program. (UXD students must also submit a portfolio to be eligible for an admission interview.)

During the pandemic, admission interviews take place online, using video conferencing software. Please arrange to have access to the Internet and to a device with a webcam for your admissions interview. You will find a link here to instructions on using MS Teams for your admission 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 recent candidates for admission have been affected by the global pandemic. We compare candidates 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 summers of 2020 and 2021. If you were not able to find employment at some point, please be prepared to tell us how you spent your time. We want to hear about courses and volunteer work, and about any skills or knowledge you gained and that you could apply to co-op jobs.

How to Apply or Prepare for Admission Interviews

Resume Submission

Make sure 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, you must complete the introductory statement and upload your resume by the previous Wednesday

Guidelines

  • Your resume must be in PDF format and follow the sample resume format for your program.
  • Provide as much detail as possible in two pages, along with an additional third page that includes your photograph.
  • Include the following because we will not interview candidates who do not provide this information on their resume:
    • the name and contact information for each employer listed on your resume
    • a statement verifying that the information is accurate
    • a photo of yourself on a third, separate page for our files

How to Submit Your 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.

Changes or Resubmissions

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

Resume Examples

In 2020, students prepared resumes based on the following formats. In 2021, these formats may change. Make sure you check for the updated formats on this page.

If you are admitted to co-op, we will have you follow a different format when applying to co-op positions.

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, send a request to coopadmissions@wlu.ca at least 48 hour before your interview. You must 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 participate 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.

Accepted Extenuating Circumstances

Admission Decisions, Feedback and Appeals

If you did 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.

New: You will find a link to a webinar with information about this year's admission process.