We are excited that you will be joining the Watkins community. This page is designed to answer your questions and to help you move forward with the enrollment process at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film. If you have any questions that are not addressed here, remember that the admissions counselors are just a phone call or an email away- [email protected] or call us at 1.866.887.6395.
Submit your enrollment deposit.
To hold your spot in the incoming class, go online to submit your deposit. Visit the payments page and click on “enrollment deposit”.
Send in your immunization records
Tennessee requires all college students be vaccinated for measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) and varicella (chickenpox). Proof can be sent to the admissions office or fax’d to 615-383-4849. The only exemptions to this requirement are medical (provide proof from a healthcare provider) or religious (provide a statement that immunizations conflict with your religious practice). Although it is not a state requirement at this time, if you are living in the student housing, we also strongly suggest you get a meningitis vaccination as well. For more information on the state vaccination requirements, visit http://twis.tn.gov or http://health .state.tn.us/CEDS/required.htm.
Check in with the Financial Aid Office
Shoot them an email or give them a call to see they have everything needed to complete your file. If anything is missing, take care of it ASAP. Lyle and Regina are both super nice and are happy to help you with any questions you have! Email [email protected].
Apply for on-campus housing
Any student can apply to live on-campus but if you are a freshman and your permanent address is 50 or more miles from campus and you are under the age of 20, you are required to live on the first year. Space is limited and fills up quickly so submit your application and pay your housing deposit as soon as possible to secure a private room. You can find more information and the application here- http://www.watkins.edu/student-life/housing-and-residential-life/housing-application/
Questions? Email [email protected].
Set up a payment plan with the Business Office
If Financial Aid does not cover all of your expenses or you are not using Financial Aid, call Dwayne Breeding in the Business Office at 615.277.7436 or email [email protected]
Have your final transcripts sent
You graduated! Now it’s time to make sure we have your completed transcripts on file with your final grades as well as your graduation date listed. Just call up your school and make sure to request them to be sent to the admissions office at Watkins.
Make sure we get an official copy of any AP or IB test scores
Did you take Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate tests? Make sure we get a copy of the results so we can give you any college credit earned. Check out http://www.watkins.edu/admissions/apibclep/ for more information.
Reach out to your new roommates.
Before move-in Residence Life will send you the contact information for each of your house mates. It is a great idea to contact them before moving in. Although you will probably have an individual bedroom you will be sharing living/dining/kitchen space. Make a plan for who is going to bring what so you don’t end up with four sets of pots and pans, for instance.
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Keep in touch
The admissions office at Watkins is still your first point of contact before you get on campus. So, keep in touch! Give us a call or email us with any question you might have.[email protected] or 615.277.2718
New Student Orientation is your first introduction to life on campus and your creative journey at Watkins. Check out the orientation page here.
Check out these links for more information about the things you need to know about!
Q. When will I get my student ID and Watkins.edu email address?
You will get your student email address at the end of June. Your student email address is incredibly important; it is how the faculty and staff with communicate with you outside of the classroom. You will get your Student ID during orientation which occurs right before classes begin. We will send you more information about orientation at the end of June. Be sure to put it on your schedule, because it is mandatory to attend!
Q. How do I know what classes are being offered?
You can check out the course schedule for the fall semester on our website to see what is being offered. Just go to watkins.edu and click on “MyWatkins” link at the top of the page and then click on “course schedules” on the left side menu.
Q. How will I know what classes I will need to take my first semester?
During new student orientation you will have a scheduled meeting with your academic advisor who will go over the entire program with you and let you know what you should be taking your first semester.
Q. When will I register for classes?
You will actually register for classes during that meeting with your advisor at orientation. Once you meet with your advisor and work out your schedule you will register for your first semester’s classes. After registration you will go to the Financial Aid office where they will make sure all of your aid and/or scholarships have been applied correctly. You will then go to the Business Office. You must either pay your tuition and fees at this time or you must make arrangements with the Business Office for one of several tuition payment plans. If you do not pay or make arrangements for payment of your tuition at this time, your registration will be canceled at the end of the day. For more information on payment plans or any other billing question, please contact the Business Manager at [email protected]. Remember, you can call or email the Admissions Office at any time with questions or concerns at [email protected]. We are here to help you through this process as quickly and as easily as possible.
Q. When will I get information about the orientation schedule?
Orientation packets are sent out around the end of June. We will also alert you through social media networks, so be sure to connect with us online.
Q. When do I move in to campus housing?
Campus move-in is right before orientation! You will get a bunch of information about this in your move-in. In the meantime, check out our website here for tips on what to pack, answers to common questions and to meet your RAs http://www.watkins.edu/student-life/housing-and-residential-life/.