Why is a degree audit important?
A student’s degree audit (DARs) will apply all of the coursework that Ohio State has on record to their degree requirements. The audit shows the student which degree requirements still haven’t been completed as well as courses that meet those requirements (those are the ones students should plan to schedule). The Office of the University Registrar has created a document to help students run and understand their degree audit: https://registrar.osu.edu/degree_audit/dars_web_students.pdf.
Things to talk to your advisor about include:
- Missing Credits – Any transfer, AP, IB, or other credits you expect to see that don’t appear on your audit
- Courses that aren’t applied the way you expected them to be
- Courses in the “ELECTIVE COURSEWORK NOT USED TOWARD A SPECIFIC REQUIREMENT” area at the bottom
To ensure the correct degree audit runs, students must determine the correct General Education (GE) program to follow from the information below:
- Students who entered Ohio State before Autumn 2022 will follow the Legacy GE (GEL)
- Students who entered Ohio State in Autumn 2022 or later will follow the New GE (GEN)
Ohio State is implementing a new General Education (GEN) program that will be followed by students whose first enrollment term at Ohio State is Autumn 2022 or later with some exceptions. GE requirements for current students (that is, students who first enrolled before Autumn 2022) will not change, and they will continue to complete the GE program that was in effect when they first enrolled — now called the Legacy GE (GEL).
If a student is following the GEL version of the program, directions for running the correct degree audit can be found HERE.
If a student is following the GEN version of the program, directions for running the correct degree audit can be found HERE.