Month: February 2011

Learn More about Your Academic Progress

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 ( The information about the DARS is on the website ( ) 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.

Winter Carnival Is Coming

Though it is Monday today, everybody in the campus is excited about the coming Winter Carnival starting at 10 p.m  Wednesday February 9. For transfer students, this is a really great time to enjoy your life here at Michigan Tech, such as building statues, have fun with your friends. The schedule of this year’s Winter Carnival can be checked online, the website is

Because Michigan Tech often registers more than 200 inches of snow in a season, it is really a waste to let this abundant natural resource melt.  Thus Michigan Tech students get together in an annual celebration of our beautiful and tough climate. Gradually the celebration becomes our tradition as Winter Carnival. The Winter Carnival theme of this year is Thousands of Pages Unfold in the Bitter Cold.The picture showing below is one of the statues under construction.

One-nighter Statue construction begins at 4:00 p.m  Wednesday. It is fun to join the activities that night because people around the campus usually get together to celebrate.

As a transfer student, I joined my community I-house to build a Mahjong statues last year. Building the statues brought me a lot of fun and this speaical experience became my treasure memory at Michigan Tech. I am so excited about the coming Winter Carnival and hope we all have fun.

Have a nice Winter Carnival, transfer students!