Special status

Applying as a special-status student

If you do not wish to pursue a degree, you can apply to study at Watkins as a special-status student in one of four categories:

  • for credit
  • non-credit (audit)
  • transient (seeking credit-hours to transfer to another school)
  • dual enrollment

Contact us if you want to enroll in a course such as Painting 1 or Photography 1 that requires completion of a Watkins core course as a prerequisite. We may require you to submit samples of your work for faculty approval if you wish to have a core prerequisite waived.

You can earn up to 12 total credit-hours (four classes) when you are enrolled at Watkins as a special-status student. Here’s how to apply in any of these categories.

Complete and send us these items:

  • Online application.
  • Statement of Purpose mini-essay of approximately 250 words describing what you hope to accomplish in the course or courses you wish to take (not required for Watkins alumni).

Have these items sent directly to us:

  • Official college transcript showing that you have completed any prerequisite courses that may be required for the course or courses you wish to take (not required for Watkins alumni).
  • Official college transcript or letter of good standing from your current institution if you are applying for transient status.
  • Official high school transcript and a recommendation from your high school counselor if you are applying for dual-enrollment status.

Special-status student application review and enrollment

Your application will be reviewed by the chair of the department in which your requested class is taught. When you are accepted, you will be invited to register if space is available after all degree-seeking students have completed their registrations. You will not be required to pay for your class until you register.

How the for-credit category works

  • Complete the same attendance and coursework requirements as degree-seeking students.
  • Receive a grade and academic credit for the classes you complete satisfactorily.
  • Earn three credit-hours for each class you complete.
  • Use the credit-hours you earn toward the requirements for any degree program at Watkins (if you apply and are accepted into a program as a degree-seeking student).
  • Transfer any credit-hours you earn to another school subject to the approval of that other school.
  • Pay $725 per credit-hour plus $65 per credit-hour for student fees—a total of $2,370 per class.

How the non-credit (audit) category works

  • Complete the same attendance and coursework requirements as degree-seeking students to receive a “P” grade.
  • Receive an “F” grade if you do not complete attendance and coursework requirements satisfactorily.
  • Pay $330 per credit-hour plus $65 per credit-hour for student fees—a total of $1,185 per class.

How the transient category works

  • Complete the same attendance and coursework requirements as degree-seeking Watkins students.
  • Receive a grade and academic credit for the classes you complete satisfactorily.
  • Earn three credit-hours for each class you complete.
  • Transfer any credit-hours you earn to another school subject to the approval of that other school. Check with that school before enrolling at Watkins to confirm that you can transfer the credit-hours you earn here.
  • Pay $725 per credit-hour plus $65 per credit-hour for student fees—a total of $2,370 per class.

How the dual-enrollment category works

  • Demonstrate excellent academic standing (minimum 3.0 GPA) in a secondary school.
  • Have your high school transcript and a recommendation from your high school counselor sent directly to Watkins.
  • Complete the same attendance and coursework requirements as degree-seeking Watkins students.
  • Receive a grade and three credit-hours for each class you complete satisfactorily.
  • Transfer any credit-hours you earn to another school subject to the approval of that other school. Check with that school before enrolling at Watkins to confirm that you can transfer the credit-hours you earn at Watkins.
  • Pay $725 per credit-hour plus $65 per credit-hour for student fees—a total of $2,370 per class.
  • Check to see if you qualify for monetary assistance from the State of Tennessee as a dual enrollment student.

Contact our Admissions Office for additional information, including a list of courses you can take as a dual-enrollment student that do not require completion of a Watkins core course as a prerequisite