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Co-op Credit

Finalizing Co-op Credit

Employment Summary and Planner (ES&P)

Students must finalize their co-op experiences during the last month of a co-op assignment by submitting their Student Employment Summary and Planner (ES&P) through the SCDConline system and attending a meeting with their coordinators when they return to campus for classes after the end of co-op.

Failure to complete the ES&P will result in the following:
  1. Credit for co-op not being reflected on the transcript; grade will remain incomplete.
  2. Lack of sufficient DCU’s (co-op credits) may impact degree requirements for graduation.
  3. Inability to view the SCDConline classifieds, and submit your resume and apply to jobs for the next interviewing process, if in a 5 year co-op program.

Co-op Credit

In order to graduate, each student must complete the total number of Drexel Co-op Units (DCUs) required for the program or major in which the student is enrolled. The minimum number of DCUs in the various programs ranges from 32-96 (thirty-two to ninety-six).

Understanding Your Transcript

Drexel Co-op Units (DCUs) and the name of the employer are shown on your official University transcript along with your academic credits. Students are eligible for co-op credit to be indicated by DCUs for each corresponding quarter of co-op enrollment.  Co-op credit is awarded by Steinbright after successful completion of your co-op experience and completion of the corresponding ES&P.   Please note that although successful completion of all co-op requirements is necessary to graduate, co-op does not factor into your GPA nor do the credits factor into the total academic credits required for degree completion and graduation from Drexel University.

Key components to note regarding co-op credit on Drexel University transcripts:

  • DCU (Drexel Co-op Units) – This notation indicates that you have received credit, 16 DCUs per three-month term.
  • NF (Not Finalized) – This notation is temporary and means that you have a registered co-op placement that is currently ongoing.  As long as you successfully complete the work experience and complete the required  Employment Summary & Planner (ES&P), DCUs will ultimately be granted.
  • NCU (No Credit Units) – This notation means that no co-op was registered for the indicated co-op term or if a placement was registered, the ES&P is incomplete.  A Failed Work Term is given since Steinbright has no record of your co-op. Please follow up with your coordinator with any questions.

How Many Co-op Credits Will I Need to Graduate?

Arts & Sciences

  • 4 Year Program (2 Co-op Terms, 32 DCUs)
  • 5 Year Program (6 Co-op Terms, 96 DCUs)

Biomedical Engineering

  • 4 Year Program (2 Co-op Terms, 32 DCUs)
  • 5 Year Program (6 Co-op Terms, 96 DCUs)

Business & Administration

  • 4 Year Program (2 Co-op Terms, 32 DCUs)
  • 5 Year Program (6 Co-op Terms, 96 DCUs)


  • 4 Year Program (2 Co-op Terms, 32 DCUs)
  • 5 Year Program (6 Co-op Terms, 96 DCUs)

Information Science & Technology

  • 5 Year Program (6 Co-op Terms, 96 DCUs)

Media Arts & Design

  • 4 Year Program (2 Co-op Terms, 32 DCUs)

Failure of Co-op

A student who fails co-op is not entitled to a change of co-op cycle or a refund or adjustment of tuition.

Dropped for Poor Scholarship

The university registrar informs Steinbright if a student has been dropped from the university by the student’s college or school due to poor scholarship. If the student is dropped for poor scholarship during the term immediately prior to a co-op term, the student will not receive credit for co-op. Instead, the co-op course will be removed from the student’s academic record. If the student appeals to the academic department and the department agrees to keep the student active, the co-op registration will not be removed.

If a student is dropped for poor scholarship and not readmitted back into Drexel before the end of the 2nd week of the first co-op term Steinbright will notify the student’s employer in writing that the student is no longer an active student at Drexel University. At that time it is the employer’s decision whether to continue employment with the student or not, realizing that the student is no longer eligible for credit for his or her work experience. Students with F1 or J1 visas are not permitted to continue employment if they have been dropped for poor scholarship.

Co-op Probation

Reasons for probation include, but are not limited to, the following: refusal to honor a co-op pairing, termination from a co-op experience, engaging in inappropriate behavior anytime during the co-op process, failure to obtain approval for a co-op position, failure to obtain proper work authorization, failure to complete a student co-op agreement and registration form, violations of Steinbright policy in the job search process, violations of University policy.

While on co-op, students continue to be under the jurisdiction of the University. While working at a participating co-op employer’s work site, students are required to adhere to the employer’s policies and procedures in addition to the University’s policies and procedures. If students encounter difficulties with their employer or the University while participating in the co-op program, they are to contact their coordinator immediately.

Probation is designed to help students learn from mistakes before they graduate – something that will better prepare them for the professional workplace. Unlike academic probation, co-op probation is not viewed in DrexelOne and will not prevent access to academic records; however, it can still affect a student’s ability to graduate on time.

Co-op probation is tailored to the student and the situation. If a student is placed on co-op probation, the terms of the probation may include one or more of the following: an official letter of reprimand in the student’s Steinbright file, additional written assignments, permanent removal from the co-op program, suspension from the University, a failed work term (noted as NCU on student’s transcript). Steinbright reserves the right to remove students from the co-op program.

Claiming Unemployment

Co-op is temporary employment, with established start- and end-dates. Students agree not to seek unemployment compensation at the conclusion of their co-op experience. Students sign the co-op agreement form that states, "I understand that my cooperative education experience is temporary with set beginning and end dates. I further understand that eligibility for unemployment compensation is governed by state law, and that in most circumstances co-op students are not eligible for unemployment compensation at the end of their co-op experience. In the event that I am terminated from my co-op position prior to its originally scheduled end date, my eligibility for unemployment compensation, if any, will be determined by the specific facts of my termination and applicable state law."

Co-op Termination

In the event that students are terminated from their co-op position they need to contact their co-op coordinator immediately. The co-op coordinator will investigate the situation by discussing it both with the student and with the employer. Once this process is complete the student will attend a probation meeting with the co-op coordinator and an assistant director in Steinbright. If, during this meeting, the student is placed on co-op probation (see co-op probation above) the terms of the probationary period will be outlined. The student will also receive a written letter from Steinbright defining the terms of the probationary period and the conditions the student needs to adhere to for resolution of the probation.

If the student does not adhere to the terms of the probation, he or she will receive a failed work term and a No Credit Units (NCU) notation will appear on the student’s transcript.

If a student decides to end their co-op employment early without first speaking with their co-op coordinator, a co-op probation meeting may also be necessary.