Updated: February 14, 2020
In this space we will feature select responses from Counselors on our network. Every week we pick questions posed on our Forum by students and parents, and request the Counselors to respond.
A: A co-op education, also known as a co-operative college program, is a program at a college that requires an actual job experience in your major. You earn credit along with a salary during your employment.
Almost all programs are full-time experience however programs vary at each university. Some will extend the college graduation to 5 years and some will keep it at 4 years. The extra time typically means you will graduate with more experience than those in the 4 year program.
Because it is required, the university is very active in providing resources and connections to obtain employment. This is different from internships because most internship programs are optional. Many times corporations will offer employment to the students from the co-op college after graduation. And even if they do not, you graduate with relevant work experience to put on your resume.
A: Most colleges do not have a preference and accept either for admissions. Since they vary a bit, it is up to you to determine which one you prefer. Take the one that works for you!
A: Extracurriculars should be about your interests, strengths or things you enjoy. If you enjoy something in particular, then that should be your focus. Colleges are looking for commitment and focus. It is good to demonstrate that in your application.
A: The University of California system is probably the only set of colleges that require the essays for SAT or ACT test scores. Some universities do recommend them but most do not. Every college is different and admission requirements can change so always check to be sure.