What is TreeHouse Ladder?:

TreeHouse Ladder is an easy to use, web based, degree audit and academic advising software designed to enhance the advisement and academic planning process at Drew University. TreeHouse Ladder has powerful tools and features that allow students to view their academic progress at anytime and confirm how their course choices fulfill degree, major, minor, and concentration requirements.

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TreeHouse Ladder Functionality:

  • Web Audits
    • Student Audit
    • Concise Audit
    • Registration Audit
  • What-If Audits
  • GPA Calculator
    • Graduation Calendar
    • Term Calculator
    • Advice Calculator
  • Look Ahead
  • Student Planner (Advisors only)

Viewing or Processing Web Audits:

Web audits are individualized, printable degree reports displaying courses taken, transfer credits, courses still needed to meet degree requirements and courses in-progress. The audits are arranged in a logical hierarchy of sections, called “blocks.”  The sections or blocks list the various components and requirements to earn your degree.  Web audits can be viewed in three different formats:

  • Student View- a complete and detailed audit of the student academic record.
  • Registration Checklist- provides only the courses “still needed” to meet degree requirements.

To  process  and  view  an  audit,  choose  the  Audit  Format  from  the  drop-down  menu  and  click  “View,” [TreeHouse Ladder defaults to the “Student View” function upon login]:

Advisors may view the audits of different students by changing the Student ID number and hitting “Enter” or by using the drop-down menu of the students name to retrieve the new student record.

Note: Students ONLY have access to their own academic record.

Reading Your TreeHouse Ladder Audit:

  •  Header Information:  Please take note of the following important header information.
    1. The Header Information bar, including the “Worksheets,” “Planner,” and “GPA Calc” tabs.
    2. The “Legend.”
    3. The student specific information.
    4. FAQ, Help, and Print, and other links at the top of the page.
TreeHouse Ladder Header Information
  • Student Progress Information:  Please take note of the following important header information.
    1. Test Information (AP, SAT, etc.)
    2. Degree Progress
    3. Degree Requirements
    4. General Education Requirements
    5. General Education: Diversity Requirements
    6. General Education:  Breadth Requirements
    7. Major Requirements (if applicable)
    8. Minor Requirements (if applicable)
    9. Concentration Requirements (if applicable)

Degree & GenEd

Diversity & Breadth


  • Additional Coursework Information:  Please take note of the following important coursework information:
    1. Courses Unassigned to Specific Requirements
    2. In-Progress Coursework
    3. Legend

Additional Coursework Information

Note:  You must click “Process Audit” each time after you select new criteria to refresh and view the latest version of an audit.

GPA Calculators

The GPA Calc function allows students to determine the number of courses and grades needed to improve their grade point average.  There are three different types of GPA calculator functions:

  • Graduation calculator – helps you determine how you need to perform to reach your desired GPA upon graduating.
  • Term calculator – helps you set specific goals for the classes in your current term.
  • Advice calculator – helps you determine how many credits of a specific grade average you need to reach your desired GPA.

Using the GPA Calculator Functions

To use the GPA Calculator functions, click “GPA calc” on the TreeHouse Ladder function bar.  From the “GPA Calculators – Introduction Page,” choose a GPA Calculator type from the left sidebar.

Graduation Calculator

  1. Select the Graduation Calculator from the “GPA Calc” sidebar.
  2. Enter your total number of credits remaining toward your degree.  Your current GPA will auto-fill, however, the calculator allows you to make changes to a hypothetical current GPA.
  3. Enter the total number of credits required for your degree.
  4. Enter your Desired GPA.
  5. Click Calculate.  The calculator will provide you with the GPA that you must average over the remaining credits in order to achieve the desired GPA.  Note: If the average GPA that you must maintain exceeds 4.00, you will receive a message stating so.
  6. Click “Recalculate” to change the criteria.

Graduation Calculator

Term Calculator

  1. Select the Term Calculator from the “GPA Calc” sidebar.
  2. Enter Class name, (e.g. ENGL 210, ANTH 101). This field is optional. Maximum of 8 classes allowed.
  3. Enter number of credits, (mandatory field). Maximum of 8 credits allowed.
  4. Select grade for class from drop-down menu, (mandatory field).
  5. Click “Calculate” to view calculated GPA based on the grades provided, (“Current GPA” and “Credits Earned So Far” are auto-filled. Hypothetical changes are allowed to these two fields).
  6. Click “Recalculate” to change the criteria.

Advice Calculator

  1. Select the Advice Calculator from the “GPA Calc” sidebar.
  2. Enter Desired GPA.  “Current GPA” and “Credits Earned” fields are auto-filled by TreeHouse Ladder; however, hypothetical changes are allowed to these fields.
  3. Click “Calculate.”
  4. The Advice Calculator returns different scenarios in terms of number of credits and average grade necessary to achieve the desired GPA.  Note: Results that would require you to take more than 150 Credits are omitted. You will receive an error message if it is not possible to achieve the desired GPA based on the maximum of 150 additional credits.
  5. Click “Recalculate” to change the criteria.

Look Ahead

The Look Ahead function is a planning tool that allows you to see a degree audit showing courses for which you plan to register in future semesters.

To view or process a Look Ahead audit:

  1. Click the “Look Ahead” button on the Worksheets sidebar.
  2. Enter the discipline code, (e.g. ENGL, ANTH, BIOL), and complete course number in the respective fields.
  3. Click “Add Course” to create your list of planned courses or “Courses you are considering.”  If you do not know or are unsure of the course information, you can use the “Find” feature to perform an extended search for courses and their descriptions. To de-select a course, click on the item that you want to remove and click “Remove Course.”
  4. Once you have created your list of “Courses you are considering,” click the “Process New” button to view your Look Ahead audit. Planned courses used in the Look Ahead function will appear in blue under the appropriate section or block.

Student Planner (Advisors Only)

The Student Planner provides advisors with a blank grid scheduler to make course recommendations to students for up to 20 terms. Course recommendations and “Additional Comments” can be listed on the planner and stored for future reference.

To view or process a Student Planner audit:

  1. Enter a Student ID number and hit “Enter” to retrieve a student record.
  2. Click the “Planner” function on the function bar to bring you to the Academic Planner screen.
  3. Use the pulldown to select the term or semester in the term field, (e.g. Spring 2013, Fall 2013, etc.). The planner allows for scheduling of 6 courses per term up to 20 terms.
  4. Enter course recommendations under each term in the format of discipline code and complete course number.
  5. Click the check box next to each term that you want to see in the Student Planner audit or use the “Check All” button to include all of the terms in the audit.
  6. The “Save Plan” button will save course recommendations and “Additional Comments,” and record the “Last changed by” Advisor name and date.  Click the “Edit Planner” button to make changes to any course recommendations or comments and to return to the Academic Planner screen.
  7. Click “Process Audit” to view the Student Planner audit. Student Planner course recommendations will appear in blue under the appropriate section or block.