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Student Academic Planner/DARS

DARS is the main advising tool used by all academic advisors to assist students for degree completion.  Included in your DARS report is information on your declared program, the catalog your program will follow, your advisor's name, and the date your report was prepared. Students have 24/7 access to their DARS.

How do I get to my SMSU Student Academic Planner/DARS?

Watch the video above to find your DARs, or follow the steps below!

  1. Log in to SMSU E-Services
    1. Use your StarID and password
    2. If you have not been onto our E-Services your password is year, month, day (yymmdd) of your birthday
  2. Once in, on the left you will find a tab that says Academic Records
  3. The DARs is listed as Degree Audit
  4. Click on the Request a Degree Audit (this link will open a new window/tab)
  5. Sign in using your StarID and password
  6. Click on the Run Declared Programs button
  7. Click on View Audit

Now that I am there, what does it mean?

Take a look at this video that walks you through how to read the DARS.

How to read your DARS

What if my DARS doesn't show my other college or university credit?

If you are a current SMSU student and have recently taken a transfer course from a Minnesota State College or University please fill out the eTranscript evaluation form. This form will notify SMSU that you have taken credits not currently listed on your DARS. If SMSU is not able to pull your free eTranscript we will contact you via email.

If you have taken credits from the University of Minnesota or any other college or university please send an official transcript to the SMSU Admissions office:

SMSU Office of Admission
1501 State Street
Marshall MN 56258

What-If Reports

If you are curious to see what a different major would look like with your completed credit, you can run a what-if report to check it out!

  How to Run a "What-If" Degree Audit Report 

After logging in to your Degree Audit Portal, you will be able to run a DARS report for any major that SMSU offers.  NOTE: This does NOT change your major.  If you would like to officially change your major, please contact the Registration and Records office.

How to Create and Access Grad Plans

Log into Student Academic Planner/DARS and follow this Quick Reference Guide to Creating a Grad Plan

How to use the MNTC Placeholder Courses in the SMSU Grad Planner

How to use the Elective Courses in the SMSU Grad Planner

How to Create One Grad Plan for a Double Concentration

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