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Do universities care about co-op?

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Hey guys,

I decided to take co-op this year (gr. 12) and although I haven't received my placement yet, I'm wondering whether or not if I should go through with it since it does create some schedule conflicts for me. I'm just wondering how universities view a co-op experience? My guidance counselor told me it's not really work experience because it's a course so I'm just wondering if it's still worth it? Sorry, I'm really lost, not sure if this counts as an "obvious question."

Thanks!
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Yes, it demonstrates your involvement in EC's and using them to be involved in gaining work experience. But it's not like Co-Op. would make or break your university entrance.
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@ARMY101 wrote
Yes, it demonstrates your involvement in EC's and using them to be involved in gaining work experience. But it's not like Co-Op. would make or break your university entrance.


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Make sure your co-op credits are U/M level credits and that you have enough U courses for whatever you're applying to. Many co-op courses only give O level credits, which count for nothing when applying to schools.
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It depends.

If the universities that you're applying to don't have supplementary applications, then no. In this case, they'll only care about your grades and most universities explicitly state that they don't count co-op grades.

However, if your program requires a supplementary application, then yes, co-op could be to your advantage. For example, when I applied to Carleton's Social Work program last year, I was able to talk about how my co-op placement at a mental health drop-in centre helped prepare for me a career in social work. I ended up being offered admission to the program. So if you're considering applying to a competitive program that requires additional information, I'd definitely recommend co-op.
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If you can find a way to include that into your supplementary application, work experience relating to your field of choice would you great.
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If you can find a way to include that into your supplementary application, work experience relating to your field of choice would you great.
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