Posted on: January 31st, 2014 by Steve Wilkison No Comments


Orientation Spring 2016

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.

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Saturday, January 9, 2016 – Housing will be open for move-in



Residence Hall move-in, check in at room 803 All residential students must attend


RA meeting & pizza,

Cecy Reed Student Center

All residential students must attend


Monday, January 11, 2016 – Orientation

All sessions will be held in room 503 unless otherwise noted

8:00 am – 8:30 am


Orientation Check-In

Front Lobby

All students must attend, parents welcome
8:30 am – 8:45 am


Welcome All students must attend, parents welcome
8:45 am – 9:15 am


Student Life and Career Services Session All students must attend, parents welcome
9:15 am – 10:00 am


Financial Aid and Business Office Session All students must attend
10:00 am – 10:45 am


IT Information, Watkins Passport & Empower All students must attend
10:45 am – 11:45 pm


Academic Session All students must attend
11:45 pm – 12:15 pm Advising 101 All students must attend
12:15 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch Break

Cecy Reed Student Center

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm


Library and Print Lab Intro.

Library and 502

All students must attend
1:30 pm – 2:00 pm


Academic Dept. Meetings,

Individual departments

All students must attend, see schedule for location
2:00 pm – 4:30 pm


Individual Advising Appts,

Faculty offices

All students must attend,

See schedule for location

1:30 pm – 5:00 pm


Financial Aid and Business Offices open
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm


Watkins Passport (ID cards), Parking Permits
Student Life Programming and Events


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

10:00 am – 4:00 pm Special Status Registration All special status students report to Admissions Office
          Student Life Programming and Events


Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Late Registration and Drop/Add
         Student Life Programming and Events


Thursday, January 14, 2016

Classes start
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

(Thurs & Fri through May)

Frist Center for the Visual Arts Open to all students – free with Watkins Passport ID


Monday, January 18, 2016

College closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day



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 businessoffice@watkins.edu. 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 housing@watkins.edu

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 admissions@watkins.edu
(application process, campus tours)

Business Office: 615-277-7436 or businessoffice@watkins.edu
(student accounts, tuition payments)

Registrar’s Office:615-277-7423 or registrar@watkins.edu
(registration, grade distribution)

Financial Aid Office: 615-277-7421 or financialaid@watkins.edu
(financial aid advisors, work-study)

Watkins Library: 615-277-7427 or librarian@watkins.edu
(research, book and film rentals)

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

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