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First and Second Year Advising

Am I on Track?

The question "am I on track?"...

...can mean several things but in its most common use it means "can I complete all of my requirements and still graduate in 4-years?"

Below are several tools available to assist students in determining if they are "on track":

Academic Requirements Report

Degree Audit

Academic Planner

LOCUS Planner

Academic Requirements Report

The Academic Requirements Report (ARR) is an individualized report obtained through LOCUS that allows students to track their progress through their university, school, core, major and, if applicable, minor requirements.  The ARR is also used as a tool by advisors in individual appointments to discuss a student’s progress through their curriculum. Through the ARR, students are able to see what course requirements they have satisfied and what remaining courses they have yet to take in core, declared majors or minors, and college or school requirements.

To access the Academic Requirements Report, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to LOCUS.
  2. Click on "Student Center."
  3. Use the drop-down menu (“other academic…”) to select "Academic Requirements" and click the double arrows (>>). 

Degree Audit

The Degree Audit  is an Excel file in which a student or advisor can input the requirements a student has yet to complete.  The audit includes the hours the student has already completed and the hours in progress and automatically calculates how many remaining hours a student will need to reach the minimum of 128.  The audit is often used to project a graduate date and to determine if there is the possibility of adding another major or minor, or completing a change of major.  The audit may also help determine how many hours a student will need to average per semester based on the intended graduation date.

The degree audit is a tool used in a student’s planning process.  It allows the student to identify how many hours they may need to graduate and itemizes requirements that they need to fulfill.  This tool also provides a timeline and an estimate of the number of credits required each semester in order to meet a desired goal.

Note:  Both the Degree Audit and Academic Planner are only intended for use as tools.  Both should be viewed as fluid and not binding.  They are also contingent on a student successfully completing his/her courses and availability of courses in a particular term.

Academic Planner

The Degree Audit with Core 2012 (sometimes referred to as a Four-Year Plan) is an Excel document that is divided into semesters.  A student or advisor can input the names of courses and the hours they carry into the semester the student intends to take them.  The planner allows students to plan remaining semesters by mapping potential course selections.  This is often used to see if a student can fulfill necessary prerequisite courses, have a balanced schedule, or plan a semester abroad.

The academic planner is a tool used in a student’s planning process.  It allows the student to identify how many hours  they need to graduate and itemizes requirements that the student needs to fulfill.  This tool also provides a timeline and a rough sketch of what courses a student plans to take each semester in order to meet a desired goal.

Note:  Both the Degree Audit and Academic Planner are only intended for use as tools.  Both should be viewed as fluid and not binding.  They are also contingent on a student successfully completing his/her courses and availability of courses in a particular term.

LOCUS Planner

The LOCUS Planner is a tool similar to the academic planner in that you can begin to plan which courses you would like to take during future terms.  It will save this information in LOCUS.  Though it will not help you calculate credit hours like the academic planner, the LOCUS planner allows you to view class sections from the courses in your planner so you that you can place them in your shopping cart without having to use the LOCUS Class Search feature.

Loyola

First and Second Year Advising
Sullivan Center for Student Services · 6339 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago, IL 60660
Mailing Address: 1032 W. Sheridan Rd., Chicago, IL 60626
Phone: 773.508.7714 · E-mail: FSYAdvising@luc.edu

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