As a transfer student, you may have the question how long it will take me to graduate from Michigan Tech. To know your progress, you can get the information from your department advisor or run Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS) by yourself.
Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS) is located on Students Records of Student Services on BANWEB (http://www.banweb.mtu.edu). The information about the DARS is on the website (http://www.mtu.edu/registrar/students/major-degree/dars/ ) here and the ‘tutorial’ is on the right side of the page.
Undergraduate students and their academic advisors are the primary DARS users. Currently DARS reports are not available for students who started at Michigan Tech under the quarter system or for graduate students. Audits may be run at any time, and the audit showing progress toward program completion will be generated each time a request is made. Basically DARS provided students the progress toward degree and/or program completion, which includes transfer, exchange, and AP credit. Though the system has been made to ensure its accuracy, the final confirmation of degree requirements is subject to department and university approval. Thus, it is important for you to meet your academic advisor to discuss the graduation requirements.
For me, there isn’t any information about DARS provided when I just transferred here as an international transfer student. It took me a long time to find out the Degree Audit Reporting System. It is such a powerful tool that you can easily check your progress toward the program completion. Moreover, DARS plays an important role in the registration process, which leads you to the right direction of completing program. With DARS, I am clear about how many transferred credits from my previous institution can be used for my program here. Also the estimation about my graduation can be performed based on the system.
I strongly suggest transfer students to get familiar with Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS) and have a great plan at Michigan Tech.