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Next Steps: Accepting a Co-Op

Once you've accepted a co-op, your next steps include:
1) Register to attend a co-op orientation session in Handshake.

  • If possible, bring a laptop with you to the session. Also, bring an electronic copy of your offer letter as well as the name of your supervisor, your supervisor's phone number and email address.

2) You can also start drafting your Co-op Experience form in Handshake.

  • Click here to view a step-by-step guide on how to create this form. Information covered during orientation will include:
    • How to register for your co-op to maintain your full time student status
    • Co-op policies
    • Co-op course assignments and requirements
    • Professional etiquette 
    • Communication with the co-op staff during your co-op
    • Health and counseling insurance options
    • Co-op learning objectives
    • CPT for international students

If you missed the orienation sessions, schedule an appointment to meet with the co-op director. 

Dropping classes
If you registered for classes before you accepted your co-op, you will need help to drop them. There is a security feature in SIS that doesn't allow you to go down to 0 credits without permission. Simply register for your co-op in SIS then send an email to with the subject heading "I need help dropping my classes". The co-op staff will then connect you with the right person in the registrar's office to drop your classes. 

Accepting a second co-op

If you've accepted a second or third co-op, here's your next steps:

  1. Create a co-op form in Handshake. Click here to view the the step-by-step guide on how to create the form
  2. Complete the health insurance form and email it back to Student Health Services. Click here to download this form.
  3. For undergraduate students, register for COOP 2 (or COOP 3 for your third co-op) in SIS. For graduate students, register for ENGR 401C  (note there is a $150 admin fee for your second or third co-op). I will approve your registration once your Handshake form is complete and has been approved by your co-op faculty advisor. 
  4. If you receive any loans/scholarships/financial aid, notify the Financial Aid Office that you will be out on co-op for another semester and let them know you need help deferring your aid. 
  5. If you are living on campus and need to move off campus, notify the On-Campus Housing Office.
  6. Complete another student policy form. Please check all of the boxes to show that you read each statement, then sign and date the form and send it to Click here to download this form.
  7. If you are an international student, schedule and appointment with to complete your CPT paperwork prior to starting your co-op.