Co-op | Kent State University

Cooperative Education (co-op) is an academic focused program which allows students to obtain professional work experience while still in college. It is a unique opportunity for students to apply their academic preparation to "real world" settings and situations. Co-op programs provide students the opportunity to combine classroom study with periods of paid professional employment directly related to a student's major and career goals.

Electronic Application Benefits of Participating FAQ

Criteria for Participation

Enrollment as a full-time student
Admitted to a degree program
Minimum cumulative 2.75 GPA at time of co-op application
No holds on student's record from any source (financial, academic, conduct)
Cooperative education position must directly relate to student's major or concentration
Completion of two semesters (one semester for transfer students) at Kent State prior to the first co-op rotation

Cost 2016-17

$500 Cooperative Education fee, plus one-hour equivalent of the KSU general fee ($73.70). Once registered, these fees will be assessed to your student account. You may pay your bill online at using a credit card, checking, or savings account.  Non-credit card payments can be made at the Bursar’s Office or any of KSU regional campuses.  Payments by mail should be sent to Kent State University, Bursar’s Office, PO Box 5190, Kent, Ohio 44242.  

While on a cooperative education experience, students maintain full-time student status with the ability to access university services/resources (housing, health center, PARTA, library, campus event tickets, etc.), eligibility for loan deferment and insurance.  Membership at the Recreation Center can be had for a reduced cost of $55 for the semester.  


Students must complete the application (PDF). All forms should be submitted to

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In Summary

Over 60% of all students participating in cooperative education and internships are offered full-time positions before graduation.
The cooperative/internship education experience leaves students with a sense of accomplishment and personal satisfaction.
Students have a clearer and more specific sense of their career objectives than students in traditional college programs.