Are you the next Co-op scholar?


Co-op scholars balance strong academic performance with their personal interests, professional development and community involvement throughout their time in the Program. To ensure scholars are prepared for this we look for a solid academic foundation from high school applicants.

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For a 2022 high school leaver entering the program the minimum academic requirement is an ATAR of 96 (or equivalent), OR entry into the chosen degree program at UNSW, whichever is the higher. No adjustment factors (except EAS) will be considered for this requirement.

If taking a gap year, students need to reapply in 2023 and meet 2024 entry requirements.

*Other high school examination marks, (e.g. IB or OP results) are converted by UAC for consideration as entry into the program 

To find our more, see Co-op's eligibility criteria.

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Personal Qualities

Co-op scholars are passionate, motivated and ambitious.

Not only are scholars selected for their academic ability, but also their communication skills, motivation and leadership potential.

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Passion and understanding of the industry they are applying for is an important characteristic of successful scholars, along with the ability to demonstrate responsibility, commitment and resilience.

The Co-op Program presents scholars with unique experiences to learn and grow. It provides opportunities for them to practice and demonstrate a high level of responsibility, commitment and resilience.

It is for students who thrive on challenges, appreciate the opportunities presented to them, make the most of every situation and commit to seeing things through to the end.

If this sounds like you, and you are an Australian citizen, permanent resident or humanitarian visa holder, or a New Zealand citizen, we strongly encourage you to apply.

To find our more, see Co-op's eligibility criteria.

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Interests & Aptitude

We are looking for outgoing students who get involved in a wide range of activities, are ambitious and keen to contribute.

On top of achieving great marks, our scholars demonstrate significant and sustained achievements outside of the classroom and have the ability to balance their academic, extracurricular and social pursuits.

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Our scholars care about what is happening in the community, country and the world at large.

We are looking for students who are active in and make a significant contribution to their school or community. Those who show initiative and leadership, communicate well, enjoy working with other people, and want to be active within the university and Co-op community.

Applicants who have a real and genuine interest in a career in industry or a government enterprise in their chosen program really stand out.

To find our more, see Co-op's eligibility criteria.

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The Co-op Advantage

Joining the Co-op community at UNSW enables you to form life changing connections and opens up a world of opportunities. As a scholar, not only do you gain academic and professional insight from alumni, older scholars, and the broader Co-op community, you also start forming your professional and social network from day one.

The community of Co-op scholars forms a unique culture that support you to succeed in many different areas of both personal and professional life. Scholars not only participate in Co-op workshops, alumni mentoring and events, but many take part in case competitions, hackathons and charity events together, further strengthening them as a social and professional cohort.

Watch this video and hear from some of our Co-op Scholars who describe their Co-op Advantage experience.

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