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admissions 101


Steps to Enrollment

Step 1: Obtain Admission

Complete an application for admission either online or at any Walters State campus.


Submit Transcripts

  • Regular High School Diploma: Submit official high school transcript, which must include graduation date and diploma type.
  • High School Equivalency Diploma: Submit official scores from the agency that administered the high school equivalency examination. Partial high school transcripts must also be submitted, if applicable.

Submit Immunization Information


Any degree-seeking applicant who has attended another college or university shall be considered a transfer student. Admissions of transfer student shall be consistent with the following criteria:

  • Official transcripts from each school previously attended must be submitted to the Office of Enrollment Services. Student will not be able to complete any diagnostic testing until transcripts have been reviewed for placement.
  • Transcripts will be evaluated for all degree-seeking transfer students. Evaluations must be complete before financial aid will be awarded. Students may request a copy of official transcript from admissions file for advising purposes.
  • Transfer students who have completed hours at an institution that does not have regional accreditation will need to contact the Student Enrollment Office in order to have transcripts evaluated by appropriate academic deans.
  • Transfer students who are unable to obtain an official transcript due to financial obligations at previous institutions will be required to complete the appropriate form in the Student Enrollment Office.
  • If a student requests reconsideration of transfer credit decision, he may be asked to provide a copy of syllabus, course description, textbook, and anything else that will help the office to determine credibility of class.
  • Students must submit appropriate immunization information.


Submit Transcripts

  • Submit high school transcripts or High School Equivalency scores.
  • If applicable, submit all college transcripts. If a college degree has been earned, submit only transcripts from institution where highest degree was awarded.


  • Submit an official transcript from home institution prior to registration.


  • Students who have previously attended Walters State are required to submit an application for readmission .
  • Students who have attended another institution since their last term of enrollment at Walters State are also required to submit official transcripts. The same process will be applicable for the evaluation of transcripts as for transfer students.

Once an application for admission has been received and processed, students will receive a letter from the Admissions Office outlining the student's status and any documents needed to complete their admissions file. The student's ID number is also included in the letter.

Step 2: Apply for Financial Aid

Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the first step in applying for financial aid. Complete the FAFSA at

Students should also complete a Walters State scholarship application. The scholarship deadline is March 15th for the upcoming academic year.

Financial Aid priority deadlines:

June 30
Fall Semester
November 30
Spring Semester

Walters State Federal Code: 008863

Once a student has applied for admission and financial aid, s/he may begin checking MyWS for financial aid updates.


Only eligible students enrolled in approved degree/ certificate programs can receive financial aid.

Please visit the Financial Aid Office website for further information and the latest financial aid news. Students may also contact the Walters State Financial Aid office at 423.585.6811 or 1.800.225.4770, ext. 2.

Step 3: Submit Test Scores

  • ACT/SAT: Degree-seeking students under the age of 21 with a regular high school diploma must provide valid ACT or SAT scores taken within the last three years. While Walters State will accept either national ACT scores or Walters State Residual ACT scores for admissions purposes, only national scores will be considered for the Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship. National test dates may be found at
  • COMPASS EXAM: Degree-seeking students over the age of 21 who have not taken a transferable college-level English and math will be required to take the COMPASS exam for placement purposes in English, math, and reading. High School Equivalency recipients who do not have a prior college-level math or English may also take the COMPASS exam regardless of age.

To schedule a date to take the ACT Residual or COMPASS exam, please contact Counseling and Testing at 423.585.6800 or toll free at 1.800.225.4770, ext. 3.

Non-degree seeking students will not be permitted to enroll in math or English courses without transcripts documenting a college level math and English class or appropriate testing.


Step 4: Complete New Student Orientation

First-time degree seeking students are required to complete New Student Orientation.

on campusStudents must complete the online orientation prior to attending an on-campus orientation in Morristown, Sevierville, or Greeneville. When a student attends an orientation on campus, s/he will have the opportunity to meet with an academic advisor and register.

Step 5 is not required if the student meets with an advisor at orientation.

To start your New Student Orientation, click here.

Readmit and transfer students are not required to complete New Student Orientation.

Step 5: Schedule an Advising Appointment


Once a student has obtained admission and submitted appropriate test scores or college transcripts, s/he may schedule an appointment to meet with an academic advisor. Advisors are determined by the student's major. For a list of contacts by major, click here. Degree-seeking students must meet with an academic advisor every semester prior to registration.


Non-degree seeking students are not required to meet with an academic advisor before registering; however, students should remember to bring college transcripts or submit appropriate test scores if a math or English course is desired.


Students are encouraged to complete their admissions file and register as soon as possible. Registering early allows for more flexibility when building a schedule as more course offering and times are available. For an academic calendar, click here. To register for classes, please visit MyWS.

Timetable of Classes

Not sure how to register for classes online? Below is a step by step guide.
add a course online or search for a class online

Register / Add a Course Online
A step by step guide to registering for classes online

  • Login to MyWS
  • Select the Register Icon
  • Select the appropriate term and click "SUBMIT"
  • If you have any required developmental courses, they will be listed at the top of the page.
  • If you know the CRN for the course, you may enter the five-digit CRN in the Add Classes Worksheet.
  • If you need to search for available class sections, please see the directions below.
  • Once the desired CRN(s) are listed in the worksheet, click "SUBMIT CHANGES"
  • You will either receive a:

    "WEB REGISTERED" message meaning you have been registered in the course

    "REGISTRATION ADD ERRORS" message meaning you have errors that need to be corrected. You may encounter the following errors:
      either the course you are registering for has a prerequisite or you are not eligible to take the course based on your test scores
      you have already registered for the course using the same CRN or another CRN assigned to that same course
      invalid CRN number
      course you are trying to register for has a time conflict with another course you are already registered for
      you have already taken the course you are trying to register for and made an A or B in the course
      class is full
    If you encounter any of these errors and need assistance,
    please contact Student Enrollment Services at 423-585-2685.
  • You can view a detailed schedule of registered classes, by clicking "STUDENT DETAIL SCHEDULE" or "CONCISE STUDENT SCHEDULE" on the main menu.

Search for Classes Online
A step by step guide to searching online for classes

  • On the main registration page, click "LOOK UP CLASSES"
  • Select the appropriate term and click "SUBMIT"
  • You can select the appropriate subject and click "CLASS SEARCH" and all sections of the course you selected will appear.
  • You can also narrow down your search results by selecting a particular campus, day, time, etc.
  • Keep in mind that the more search criteria you enter, the more narrow your results.
  • When the available class sections appear, you may click the "SELECT" box on the left of the screen and click "REGISTER" at the bottom of the page to try to register for that course or click "ADD TO WORKSHEET" and the course will be added to the registration worksheet, but will not attempt to register you for the course.


cashierThe enrollment process is not complete until all fees are paid. Fees may be paid online through MyWS or at any Walters State campus. Click here for a fee payment schedule. For additional information regarding fee payment, please visit the Cashier's Office.