Marks for Applicants - Minimum GPA

  • We interview only those applicants who achieved the minimum required grade point average for the program. Your minimum overall GPA includes all the courses you completed at Laurier in the fall and winter terms of your  first year.
     
  • Students must achieve the overall GPA requirement by the deadline for applying to co-op.
     
  • We will let students know by email whether they are eligible for an admission interview. We will begin sending messages in late July, but it may take until early September to contact all applicants.
     
  • All students who meet the overall GPA minimum are eligible for an admission interview. 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.

Minimum GPA

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

In 2017, the actual average GPA of all students admitted to Business and Economics co-op was 10.4.

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, please follow this link to learn how to request an exemption to the minimum GPA. 

We are not able to grant exemptions to students who do not 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.
  • 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.
 

Transfer Students:

We will not consider you for co-op if you have more than a total of 7.5 credits as of the end of year one. The Lazaridis School of Business and Economics requires students to be registered in a minimum of 4 courses in each term of first year.  If you have more than 3.5 transfer credits, you will not be eligible to apply for admission to co-op at the beginning of second year. If, however, you choose to have any additional credits excluded from your transcript at the point of admission to Laurier, we will consider you eligible to apply for admission. Please note that this change to your transcript will be permanent and that you will still need to achieve the minimum required GPA in first year to be eligible for an admission interview.

When determining if credits meet the minimum overall GPA requirement for co-op, we will consider all required Year One courses first, followed by electives at Laurier according to courses that were taken first and finally, other electives according to courses that were taken first, to a total of 5 credits.

Those with more than 7.5 credits are not eligible to apply for Co-op as they are too far along in their studies.
 
Courses completed after the winter term

We will consider courses taken after the winter term only if:

a) they are repeated courses which are included as part of your first-year GPA in the marks we receive from the Registrar's Office
OR

b) for Business students: they are courses you had to take because you had completed fewer than the equivalent of five full credits by the end of the winter term, and they are included as part of your first-year GPA in the marks we receive from the Registrar's Office.


b) for Economics 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. We will consider courses you had to take because you had completed fewer than the equivalent of five full credits by the end of the winter term and they are included as part of your first-year GPA in the marks we receive from the Registrar's Office.
  • If you took courses after the winter term, as in "a" or "b" above, please note that we are unable to consider marks we receive after Monday of the second week of classes in September.
  • If you took courses after the winter term, as in "a" or "b" above, 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 academics during the interview process. 
     
  • The Registrar's Office sets limits on the number of courses that may be repeated; please check the academic calendar for regulations for your program.
More on courses taken after the winter term:
  • Once you repeat a course, the new mark replaces the earlier mark and becomes part of your GPA.
     
  • We will consider no more than the equivalent of five full credits.
     
  • 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.
Economics students:
  • If you took courses during the spring term after first year, please 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.

Business students:
  • We will first consider only courses you repeated and any required courses that you took during the spring term. 

Business and Economics students:  
  • If you completed fewer than ten half-courses, we will then consider first-year elective courses you took after the winter term. We will use the marks from the elective courses that you completed earliest. (For example, we would consider courses that you completed during intersession instead of those you completed during the summer term.)
International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement students:
  • We will assess your GPA as of the end of April of your first year.
  • If the university recognized International Baccalaureate (IB) or Advanced Placement (AP) courses you completed at high school as university credits toward your first year in business or honours economics, we will count these credits towards the ten courses required for admission to co-op, but we will not include the marks in your overall GPA.
  • We will not include in your GPA marks you received from IB, AP or other courses you completed in high school, even if you received university credits for them.
  • We will only include marks you received for first-year courses completed at Laurier.
  • If you take courses during the spring term after first year, please 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 your overall GPA is based on fewer than eight courses because of your IB or AP courses, we may give you less credit for your marks than we give students who completed ten courses when we evaluate your academic achievement during the admission selection process.
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