High School Admission

Admission to the co-op program from high school is based on the following criteria:

  • You are applying to one of the programs offering the co-op option.*

  • You have an 80% or higher average in your University-level high school courses.**


*Note: All students applying to co-op must declare a major in order to be considered for co-op with the exception of Bachelor of Science (Environmental Sciences) students – students in these programs must declare their major prior to beginning their second year of studies.

**Note: Meeting the minimum averages does not guarantee admission. Admission cut-off rates vary from year to year and may be higher than 80%, depending on the number of spaces available in each program. Applications to co-op during first year may be considered; please refer to the Current University of Guelph Students admission information. Applicants not accepted to a co-op program will automatically be considered for admission to the comparable regular degree program.

In the Undergraduate Calendar, the degree program followed by :C (a colon and the letter C) denotes co-op; for example, MEF:C is co-op.

Continuation requirements for all co-op students include:

  • Maintaining a 70% average across all first year courses

  • Remaining full-time in your studies (a minimum of 2.0 credits per semester is required unless an approved accommodation plan has been implemented due to a disability-related reason)

  • Following the academic schedule as specified in the Undergraduate Calendar


To Apply

  • To apply, you must apply to the University through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC). Be sure to mark the section titled “Co-operative Education” as opposed to the regular degree program.

  • You can direct your questions about co-op admissions to Guelph’s Admissions Office.