Student Life



New Student Orientation

Orientation is a fun and informative event that will introduce new students to the programs, procedures and the services available academically as well as student life at Watkins. Incoming and transfer students are required to attend all aspects of orientation.

If you absolutely cannot attend for some reason, you must contact the Director of Student Life as soon as possible. At Orientation you will receive very important information about academic policies and you will meet as a group with the faculty of the program you are entering. Also, there are parent information and financial aid sessions. Most importantly, you will receive an appointment to meet with your advisor to prepare for registration. You must meet with your advisor before you will be allowed to register.


Fall 2017


Priority Registration – Sat, July 8
You must have completed all steps on the Fast-Track Checklist to attend priority registration. Contact the Admissions Department to make sure you have met these requirements.

New Student Move-In – Sat, August 12

Orientation & Regular Registration – August 14-15

First Day of Class – August 17


Your individual advising appointment will be listed on your folder sticker – when you check in on campus. 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 cancelled 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]. We are here to help you through this process as quickly and as easily as possible.

On-Campus Housing Move In

All incoming students who will be living on campus are required to move in on the stated move-in date. Student Services, including Resident Advisors and Orientation Leaders will be on hand to welcome you and guide you through the process. Any housing questions can be directed to the Residence Life Coordinator at [email protected]

Student Services Contact List

Incoming students with questions can refer to the guide below to contact the proper office.

Front Desk: 615.383.4848
(directions, main building hours)

Admissions Office: 615.277.7418 or [email protected]
(application process, campus tours)

Business Office: 615-277-7436 or [email protected]
(student accounts, tuition payments)

Registrar’s Office:615-277-7423 or [email protected]
(registration, grade distribution)

Financial Aid Office: 615-277-7421 or [email protected]
(financial aid advisors, work-study)

Watkins Library: 615-277-7427 or [email protected]
(research, book and film rentals)

Student Life Office: 615-277-7406  or [email protected]
(non-academic student services, accommodations for disabilities, housing)