Student Life



Orientation Fall 2015

August 15 – New Student Check-in and Move-in (9am to 1pm); Commuter Students check in (10am to 2pm)

August 15-18 – Orientation

August 20 – First Day of Classes


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 you advisor before you will be allowed to register.


Saturday, August 15, 2015 (Required for all Students)

9:00 am – 1:00 pm – Required for all Students Living in Campus Housing

Orientation Check-In & Residence Hall Move-In (Orientation check-in must be completed first)

10:00 am – 2:00 pm – Required for all Commuter Students (anyone living off campus)

Orientation Check-In for all commuter students

9:00 am – 2:30 pm

Financial Aid & Business Office – Required for some students, check your Orientation Folder

ID Cards – Required after Orientation check-in

From the Heart Café open for snacks and beverages (10am-3pm)

3:00 pm* – A Watkins Welcome (President Jay Kline and Dean Joy McKenzie)

4:00 pm* – Campus Safety

Watkins Passport

5:00 pm* – Social Hour Meet and Greet

7:00 pm – Hall Meeting (Required for all Students Living in Campus Housing)


Sunday, August 16, 2015 (Required for all Students)

Student Life Fun (10:00 am) – All Students Must Attend with Orientation Leaders

“Explore Nashville” Activities (Recommended Fun for All Students)

Movie Under the Stars (8:30pm)

*Parents also welcome


Monday, August 17, 2015 (9:00 am – 5:30 pm – Required for all Students)

8:30 am – Morning Jump Start: coffee and pastry

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Financial Aid & Business Office Session

Academics at Watkins

Empower and Registration

Responsible Relationships

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Lunch – From the Heart Café

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Intro to the Library and Writing Center

College Life 101 with Student Life

Advising 101

IT Overview

Orientation Group Session

8:00 pm – Evening Activity (recommended fun)


Tuesday, August 18, 2015 (9:00 am – 10:00 am, and Advising Appointment – Required for all Students)

Academic Department Meetings (9:00 am – 10:00 am)

Advising (by appointment, schedule will be provided at Orientation Check-In)

Watkins Activities (check your schedule)


Wednesday, August 19, 2015 (Recommended for All Students)

Resource Fair (1:00 pm – 3:00 pm)

Watkins Activities (check your schedule)


Thursday, August 20, 2015

                  First Day of Classes!


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 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

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
(application process, campus tours)

Business Office: 615-277-7436 or
(student accounts, tuition payments)

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

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

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

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