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DARS - How to Read

The Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS) is a computerized tracking system which provides a report of your academic progress. Degree audit information is available on-line most hours of the day through http://brain.binghamton.edu. You should read it carefully each time you review it. Sections of it may change or be revised. Also, read all messages on your report.

Sections of the DARS Report

At the top of every DARS report, you will find the following information:

Each of the 5 undergraduate schools have slightly different sections and layout for their DARS reports, but the basics are the same. Your personalized report may or may not have all of the sections detailed below. As you take a course that fulfills a requirement, the course will be listed in the corresponding section.

Credit Hours

DARS shows credit hours completed, in-progress and remaining to fulfill minimum credit requirements. But keep in mind that you may fulfill credit hour requirements, but you may still have additional requirements to fulfill for your major or department.

Transfer Courses

Any accepted transfer courses will show as fulfilling a requirement, but the grade will be marked "TR". Transfer course grades do not impact your grade point average. If a transfer course is missing from your report, make sure you have submitted an official transcript from the other institution for the course to your academic advising office. It is also possible that a transfer from the other institution course has not been accepted for credit. If you are unsure, visit your academic advising office.

Course Grades

Grades will be displayed on a DARS report just as they appear on your transcript. Remember, if you see a grade like "0B+" that means you earned a B+ in the course, but you are not earning credit for the course. This often occurs when a student re-takes a course to improve his/her grade.

Courses Assigned to Requirements

DARS attempts to optimize the assignment of courses to requirements. Courses are assigned in the order in which they are taken, with transfer courses assigned to requirements first. School and/or department limits are built in to the DARS coding. If you feel a course has been incorrectly assigned credit, please contact your academic advising office.

Changes in Course Registration

If you make changes to your course registration (add a course, drop a course, etc.), it will take up to 24 hours for the change to appear on your DARS report.

 

 

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Last Updated: 2/3/10