Student Development

Academic Advising

Students are assigned to academic advisors according to their choice field of study. Advisors are assigned according to the policies of the school or department which houses the student's chosen major and may be changed by contacting the appropriate school or department office and the Office of Academic Records.

Academic Services

The Academic Services Office provides support in all phases at all levels of students' academic experiences. Testing services are located on the lower level of the Bud Robinson building. Located on the upper level includes tutoring and study groups, with an emphasis on math and writing assistance. Students may also initiate study groups in a particular course, using the area as a place to meet. In addition there are workshops that include test-specific techniques aimed at addressing ways to prepare for such tests as the ACT and the Core Academic Skills Assessment for Educators. The Academic Services personnel look forward to meeting and working with students in their academic pursuits.

Career Services

Career services are provided to students as it relates to the progressive nature of preparing students for a career. It provides students with career development counseling and a structured internship program for selected majors. Career Services also offers job-search related strategy workshops, career exploration events, resume and interviewing education, mock interviews, assistance with graduate school admissions, career fairs, on-campus interviewing, job postings and job referrals. These services are available to all students and alumni Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM, and other times by appointment. Students and alumni can access to view local job postings and post their resumes for employer viewing.

Counseling Services

The University offers a wide range of counseling/advising services to its students. The director of counseling services and counseling interns are available to meet with students in the Smith House. Counseling services include personal counseling, pre-marital counseling, and assessment. Students may set up an appointment by accessing the Counseling Services page on TNU4U or contacting Dr. Sara Hopkins, director of counseling services, at In addition, any member of the faculty, administration, or staff is willing to be available to a student who desires assistance. Personnel in the Office of Student Development are available to help students solve personal and social problems. The resident directors and resident assistants in the residence halls also assist in this area. For spiritual counseling, the members of the Office of the Chaplain maintain regular office hours.

Disability Services

Institutions of Higher Education are governed by two laws that deal with students with disabilities — the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. Trevecca Nazarene University strives to be an inclusive community for all students with equal access to education as the governing principal. Accommodations are available to provide reasonable access to Trevecca's facilities, academics, and programs. Students seeking accommodations for any type of disability (including students with special dietary needs required by a physician) are encouraged to contact the coordinator of student disability services in the Bud Robinson building for information concerning the documentation of a disability and the procedure for implementing accommodations.

Diversity and Student Engagement Services

The focus of this office can be described in three smaller goals and encapsulated in one major goal. These smaller goals are: to assist Admissions in the recruitment effort of diverse students, once students arrive help foster a relationship of understanding and Christ centered love between them and others, and finally extending our campus diversity and environment into the city of Nashville to make a lasting impact. These smaller goals equate to an overall goal of retention.

First-Year Programs

Trevecca's First-Year Programs exist to help new students make a successful transition to the Trevecca community. Examples of these programs are Field Day, City Link Service Day, The Transfer Link and Trek. New students enrolled in INT 1100: Life, Calling, and Purpose course will journey with a Peer Mentor and Faculty/Staff Mentor throughout their first year with the goal of building community, understanding leadership and service, developing self-awareness, and evaluating God's calling. 


All non-married students under the age of 23 at the time of registration who are enrolled for six or more hours per semester and do not live at home are required to live in University residence halls and participate in the meal plan. Any exceptions are granted by special permission by the associate provost and dean of student development and the Student Life Council.

The associate dean of student development for residential life exercises general supervision over all of the residence halls. In addition, there are resident directors and resident assistants in each residence hall. Residence hall councils are organized to assist in providing a pleasant atmosphere in the residence halls. Residence hall policies are stated in the Student Handbook.

International Student Services

International Student Office

The International Student Office desires to build global competency through international education programs and to encourage the holistic education of Nonimmigrant Visitors and Students. International students will find resources for visa regulations, driver licenses, insurance, adjustment counseling, and other needs for adjusting to life in the USA. Trevecca students represent over 20 different countries.

Study Abroad

Undergraduate students who desire to build global competency through a semester experience outside TNU and possibly outside the USA should consider study abroad opportunities. Programs range in location from Nashville to Los Angeles, Australia to Oxford, or China to Latin America with a few others in between. Academic focuses are as diverse as the locations of the programs.

Spiritual Life

Because Trevecca is a Christian community, spiritual formation aimed at building up disciples of Jesus is central to our mission. The general education core curriculum consists of three specific courses in religion which seek to enhance the student’s understanding of the Bible, the Christian faith, and the Christian life and service. Classes of all disciplines are regularly opened with prayer.

The spiritual life of Trevecca is understood to work in partnership with the local church.  Students are strongly encouraged to become active in a local congregation.

Chapel is the gathering place for the Christian community of Trevecca. The campus gathers for corporate prayer, worship through song, preaching, Godly conversation, reading of scripture, the proclamation of the gospel and sharing in the sacrament of Holy communion (see Chapel brochure for specific dates). In both the fall and spring semesters, a week is set aside in which spiritual deepening is the primary focus. Attendance requirements for these worship opportunities are outlined in the Student Handbook. Many of the residence halls have a prayer chapel for private meditation and small group prayer meetings. Discipleship and accountability groups for both residential and non-residential students are offered and students are encouraged to participate. The University Chaplain and members of the student chaplain team are available for spiritual counseling.

Through student government, Campus Ministries coordinates student-led spiritual life activities on campus and offers opportunities for involvement in ministry through the planning of student chapels, as well as numerous outreach opportunities in various areas of service throughout Middle Tennessee and the southeast region. In addition, opportunities for ministry through TAG (Trevecca Around the Globe) Teams minister both domestically and abroad during fall and spring breaks as well as the summer months. Summer long ministry opportunities are available through the IMMERSE program.

Student Employment Services and iwork

The Bud Robinson building is home to the Office of Student Employment, its iwork program, and Career Services. On-campus student employment is coordinated under the umbrella of the iwork program. The iwork program focuses on meeting the financial and professional needs of students seeking to decrease their student loan debt and gain professional skill enhancement through on- or off-campus work experiences. Annual job fairs allow students and employers opportunity to meet in person. Students may also access an online job posting site designed for connecting students and employers for on-campus positions, off-campus part-time positions, and full-time careers. Career Services offers professional development services for students seeking to sharpen interview skills, create professional documents, locate internship and career opportunities, and much more. Students awarded federal work study are eligible to apply for all on-campus student employment positions as well as positions with off-campus work study employer partners.