What is a Degree Audit?
A degree audit, or advisement report, is an advising tool used to track your progress towards completing your major(s) and/or minor(s), general education, and overall school requirements. Degree audits are a crucial planning tool for students as they offer a snapshot graduation plan based on classes you’re enrolled in and have completed.
Degree audits help you identify:
Classes “in-progress,” meaning you’re currently taking
Classes “planned”, meaning you’ve registered for
# Units or credits completed
# Units or credits left to complete specific programs and degrees
# Units or credits transferred from AP exams and/or courses completed through another institution
You can always review your degree audit with your college coach before your course registration window. As with any automated document, degree audits may contain inaccuracies. You should be meeting regularly with your academic advisor to ensure your audit is current.
How to Run a Degree Audit
Most degree audits are computer-generated and easily accessible via your school’s portal.
1. To access your portal, go to your Student Center and navigate to "My Academics"
2. Next, find your Degree Audit Report, also often called Advisement Report. It can also be under "Academic Planning."
3. Most audits include icons to help students keep track of their courses and plans.
4. You can check on your progress towards various programs, including your major and GE requirements. For example, this student is working towards a B.S. in Speech Pathology & Audiology.
The icons are red because they haven't completed all of their major requirements, but Intro to Bio is green, meaning it will count towards that progress.
Running a What-if Report
Some schools offer an automated “what-if report” or similar major exploration tool. These reports will generate the same information as your original degree audit report, except with a different major and minor option.
For example, if you’ve ever considered, "what if I change my major from Human Biology to Kinesiology, or Cognitive Science?" or "what if I add a theatre minor to my Business major?" These tools can help you plan for these hypothetical scenarios.
Remember, it’s normal for your educational plans to change, and it’s especially normal to feel stressed about it. Degree audits and what-if reports are useful tools to ensure that you are more in control of your educational planning, and are prepared should your plans change.