DARS Audit and Registration Access Numbers

Most students may pick up their DARS audit and Registration Access Numbers (RAN) each semester around the middle of October for spring semester or beginning of March for fall.

DARS audit: The DARS audit is a categorical listing of courses that satisfy the minimum requirements for graduation in a specific curriculum. The information is generated from the student’s permanent record indicating met and unmet course requirements. This tool is intended to help during registration and advising sessions. It is an unofficial record, so it does not take the place of a transcript.

Registration Access Number (RAN): The RAN is a number students need in order to register for classes.

How to get a DARS audit and RAN

Students will be sent an e-mail reminder to pick up their DARS and RAN each semester. Students may get their DARS audit online through AccessPlus or from the ECpE Student Services Office. Students may pick up their RAN from ECpE Student Services Office.


  • Students who will be graduating in the next term will meet with an adviser to review all final degree needs before picking up the DARS
  • Students in Engr 101 or CprE/EE 166 will get DARS audits and RANs in class
  • “New” students in their first two semesters at Iowa State will need to meet with an adviser to get their paperwork if they are not in Engr 101 or CprE/EE 166
  • Students with a term or cumulative GPA below 2.0 or anyone on Academic Probation or Warning must see an adviser before registering for the next semester

Correcting the DARS Audit

Sometimes the DARS audit is incorrect. In such a case, it is the student’s responsibility to talk with an academic adviser about this. Advisers can initiate corrections to an audit. After the college makes the change, the student can view it in his or her DARS audit online at AccessPlus.

See the ISU Catalog for more information on DARS audits and RANs.

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