Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Frequently Asked Questions

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The following criteria are used to select the candidates who receive an offer of admission into our program:

Academic performance:

Students' grades are very important in the selection process. The actual grade cut-off varies from year to year, depending on the number of applicants and the University's internal policies.

Yes. Students can apply to an Arts & Science Co-op Program if they are from another Arts & Science program at the University of Toronto or from another university.

Each application is assessed individually to determine if the student meets the admission requirements (or equivalent). In some cases, students may receive transfer credits for equivalent courses completed at other institutions or in other programs.

Application deadlines vary from year to year. Please visit the Admissions & Student Recruitment website for details.

For current UTSC students you can apply to the program by the Limited SubjectPOST deadlines - 

If you're applying to co-op from outside of UTSC (i.e., from high school or transferring from another university), our Admissions office will be in touch with you with next steps. You will also receive an email from the co-op office in August with further information. 

If you are a current UTSC student not already in the co-op program, once admitted (accepted your co-op subjectPOST you will receive an email from the co-op office with information about the program and next steps you need to take. 

Work terms begin in second year.  

For students in a 3 work term program, your first work term can be in Fall, Winter or Summer of second year. For students in a 2 work term program, your first work term can be in Winter or Summer of second year.  

Work terms can be 4, 8 or 12 months in duration. An 8 month work term will count as 2 work terms and a 12 month work term will count as 3 work terms. 

Yes, students do have a choice in where they complete their work term. The co-op program is a competitive process where you review co-op opportunities available on the Co-op job board (exclusive site for co-op students), and apply for positions you are interested in. Employers will select which candidates they want to interview and from there determine who they wish to hire. 

Yes. Co-op students are paid on work terms. See average co-op salaries at 

The rate of pay varies, depending on your year of study, previous work experience, the industry that you're working in, and the organization that you're working for. 

The academic program for the co-op programs is usually identical to the non-co-op programs. The main difference is that students in the co-op program must maintain a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.50 (B-) or higher. 

Students in non-co-op programs do not have to meet this requirement. Students in the co-op program also have co-op courses to complete. 

Detailed course information is available in the U of T Scarborough Course Calendar.

Yes, all students in the co-op program must maintain a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of at least 2.50 (B-).

The Co-op Assistant Director, Student Services and the Office of the Registrar review each student's grades at the end of each academic session.  More information on co-op standing can be found at

Yes, co-op students are required to pay a co-op fee. 

This fee is payable for the first eight terms in which you are either registered in courses or on a work term. 

Students entering after first year pay six installments at a slightly higher rate. Generally, students will have completed paying their co-op fees by the end of third year. 

Consult the 'Co-op fees' section of this site for a current fee schedule.

Students are required to pay their co-op fee starting in their first year. 

The full cost of the program is spread out over your first 6 or 8 terms to minimize the financial burden on students in any particular year. 

Although you are not hired in your first year, first year co-op students complete preparation courses and have access to networking events, industry and employer sessions, co-op services and systems (job board and coaching appointments) and the co-op team. 

For information, please visit the Office of the Registrar's website

All co-op students can apply to any University of Toronto scholarship or award for which they are eligible. 

For more information on awards, scholarships, or the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP), please visit the Office of the Registrar's website.

The University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) Arts & Science Co-op Program receives excellent reviews from our co-op employers and graduates.

While on work terms, many of our students' skills surpass the expectations of their employers.

Many of the positions posted on our co-op website are posted simultaneously at other institutions, including the University of Waterloo, the University of Guelph, McMaster University and Ryerson University. As a result, our students have access to the same opportunities as students at other institutions.

We also have several co-op employers who post positions exclusively with UTSC because they have had such a positive experience with our students.