Tips for Reading Your DARS Report

DARS reports can be confusing the first few times students read them. Here are some basics to help you interpret your DARS report:

  • At the top, students will find information about themselves such as their major and advisor’s name.
  • The reports then list the courses in which students are currently enrolled.
  • DARS reports list each graduation requirement a student must fulfill to earn a degree. Each requirement is separated by a dotted line.
  • For each requirement (content between ——- lines), the report will separate each requirement into its component parts. For example the communications requirement is divided into 2 subcomponents, Comm A and Comm B.
  • The DARS report will list each course a student has taken next to the requirement the course fulfills. For example, if a student has taken a social science course, it will be listed next to the social science requirement.
  • In the upper left hand section of each requirement the DARS will indicate the progress a student has made toward completing the requirement with an “OK”, “NO”, or “IP”.
  • OK means the entire requirement is satisfied.
  • NO means something in the requirement needs to be completed. Students can identify the parts of each requirement that need to be completed by looking for the “+” and “-“. A + next to a subcomponent of a requirement indicates the subcomponent is complete, while a – means the subcomponent remains incomplete.
  • IP means the student is currently enrolled in courses that will complete the requirement. NOTE: if a student changes his or her registration, the IPs will also change. Students should view their DARS every time they change their enrollment.
  • If you have questions about your DARS, speak with your advisor.