Eligibility

After you have read through this webpage and have determined that you are eligible to apply to the Co-op Program, then go to the Application Process page.

When to Apply

Students are encouraged to apply to the Co-op Program late in their sophomore year. Students applying during their junior or senior year may need to extend their graduation to accommodate their Co-op work sequence.

Applicant Requirements

  • Be an undergraduate CSE student in one of the majors in the Co-op Program.
    • Graduate students are not eligible for the Co-op Program.
  • Be in upper division
    • or within a semester of being accepted into CSE upper division, meaning you are applying for upper division during the same semester you are applying to the Co-op Program
    • You may interview for a Co-op position as a sophomore, but you may not register for 3041, the first Co-op course, or begin work as a Co-op, until you are officially accepted into upper division.
  • Be in good academic standing
    • Students on academic probation will not be admitted into the Co-op Program.
  • Be in need of technical elective credits
  • Have at least two semesters remaining after acceptance into the Co-op Program
  • Must commit to at least two semesters of working as a Co-op student.

Cumulative GPA Requirements

MAJOR CUMULATIVE GPA MINIMUM
Chemical 2.8
Computer 2.4
Electrical 2.4
Industrial & Systems 2.5
Materials Science 2.5
Mechanical 2.5
Sophomore/Lower Division 2.8
Sophomore/Lower Division with intention to major in Chemical Engineering or Materials Science 3.2 Technical GPA

 

Transfer Students

Transfer students must have completed one full semester in CSE with a reported UM GPA before applying to the Co-op Program. This applies to students transfering from another school or from another college within the University of Minnesota.

Applying Multiple Times

Students may apply and interview no more than three semesters. Students that have not been placed with an employer after three interview periods should focus on completing their degree and will not be allowed to interview for a fourth time.