New students’ co-op cycles are set annually in October of the freshman year; students are notified of their cycle by mail and email. Exceptions are as follows:
- All Westphal College cycles are determined by the academic departments in consultation with the Steinbright Career Development Center
- Transfer cycles are set upon review of transfer credits and are determined by the academic departments
Students choose their co-op concentration upon applying to the University. Currently, students are permitted to change their co-op concentration at any time; however changes can only be applied as follows:
- Change requests made at the start of the term up until the end of the 2nd week of the term can be made effective immediately (i.e.: if requesting a change the 1st week of the spring term, the concentration change is effective that spring term).
- Change requests made after the second week of any term is made effective the following term (i.e.: if requesting a change the 3rd week of the spring term, the concentration change is effective the start of the summer term).
If a student is an internal or external transfer, he/she is only required to complete two co-ops in the 5COP program (but may have an option to do three depending on student’s academic plan).
- Students changing into a 5COP program must be able to academically complete three required co-op cycles as well as meet all co-op eligibility requirements (see co-op concentration page for full requirements).
The process of changing concentration requires the completion of a Change of Curriculum and Status Form. This form must be submitted for signatures to the academic department, the Steinbright Career Development Center, the International Students and Scholars Services office (for international students only) and the Bursar and Financial Aid offices. The change of concentration will not take effect until all signatures are gathered, and submitted to appropriate department for processing by registrar. Nursing students please see exceptions on pg.
Students do not do a co-op but receive co-op credit, that is, the co-op cycle is not removed or changed. The following categories are the only situations that may warrant a co-op waiver:
- Medical To qualify for a medical waiver, students must go to the Office of Disability Services
- Military To qualify for a military waiver, students must submit appropriate documentation such as their “orders.” Students enrolled in ROTC may also require a waiver for training, etc.
These waivers will be evaluated and appropriate documentation is required.
Enrollment in ROTC at Drexel may require a special co-op cycle. Usually students in this program are assigned a spring/summer cycle. It is important to note that if a student’s original cycle was fall/winter and the student subsequently leaves ROTC, his/her cycle will revert back to the original fall/winter cycle.
There may be other military obligations which require a cycle change. These situations will be evaluated individually and documentation is necessary.
Due to the varying seasons in which teams are active, special co-op cycles may be needed. Once the SCDC verifies that a student is a member of an NCAA varsity team, the cycle will be switched if necessary. If a student leaves a team, the co-op cycle may revert to the original assigned cycle.
Co-op Cycle Swap Policy
New freshman only (no transfers) desiring a co-op experience on a cycle different from the one designated may request an exchange (a swap). This exchange must be with a student in the SAME college, the SAME class year and the SAME major (e.g., Arts student 4 year and Arts student 4 year, Science student 5 year and Science student 5 year, etc.).