UC Santa Barbara General CatalogUniversity of California, Santa Barbara


Undergraduate students are responsible for reviewing records carefully to ensure that they are completing all degree requirements. To assist in preparing for graduation, students should review the following records located in the Academic History section within GOLD. 

New Student Profile: A summary of all transferable credit earned prior to a student's first term at UC Santa Barbara.

Credit Memo: A summary of all transferable credit earned from another institution any time after student's first term at UC Santa Barbara (if any).  

Progress Check: An evaluation of how completed courses and exams are applied toward satisfaction of all University and College requirements. It does not include major requirements.  

Degree Audit: An evaluation of how completed courses and exams apply towards satisfaction of all University, College (including general education), and major requirements.  

A final degree check is performed by the Office of the Registrar when an undergraduate student declares candidacy for graduation. As the final degree check is a final review of records, it occurs too late to be of assistance in deciding which courses to take during the last quarter.

For assistance in reviewing major requirements, students should consult their major department adviser. Students in the College of Creative Studies are required to consult with their assigned advisers on a quarterly basis to monitor progress, both in the major and toward graduation.

Graduate students must communicate their intent to graduate with their academic department in order to begin the process of a final degree check. This process is finalized by the Graduate Division. A graduate degree cannot be awarded until the student has fulfilled all relevant University and departmental degree requirements, as determined by degree checks conducted by the student’s academic department and the Graduate Division. The degree candidate is responsible for correcting any deficiencies found during a final degree check.