Students Say

The popular conception of Texas is that everything there is big, big, big, but Texas Christian University is one Lone Star institution that bucks this trend, insisting on “smaller classroom sizes” that allows professors to be “very interested in [students] personally.” One undergrad explains: “If I have a problem and need to talk with the profs, they go out of their way to meet with me, especially when it comes to career options and what my best options are in terms of what I want to do. They are very helpful.”

Overview

Applicants
17,029
Acceptance Rate
49%

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
530 - 630
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
550 - 650
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
540 - 650
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
24 - 30

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 1

Regular
February 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Application Essay
Recommendation(s)
Non-Academic

Extracurricular Activities
Character / Personal Qualities

Selectivity Rating

Overall

Students Say

The popular conception of Texas is that everything there is big, big, big, but Texas Christian University is one Lone Star institution that bucks this trend, insisting on “smaller classroom sizes” that allows professors to be “very interested in [students] personally.” One undergrad explains: “If I have a problem and need to talk with the profs, they go out of their way to meet with me, especially when it comes to career options and what my best options are in terms of what I want to do. They are very helpful.” While “there are some programs with more students than others, overall the academic experience at TCU is very personal and rewarding. Many students are easily able to latch onto a professor ’s lab research…Getting involved in the academic programs at TCU will really pay off.” Students enjoy a strong support network; the school “offers many resources such as the library, writing center, career center, student support services, and other educational and personal resources,” and alumni “are really involved and give a lot back to the school.” Business, education, and physical therapy are among the standout offerings here. Access to the Dallas-Fort Worth business community means plenty of good internship and networking opportunities.

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
13:1
Total Faculty
958
with Terminal Degree
636

496
Men
462
Women
129
Minority

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
59%
Graduate in 5 years
74%
Graduate in 6 years

Majors

  • Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences

  • Farm/Farm and Ranch Management

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Neuroscience

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Actuarial Science
  • Fashion Merchandising
  • Finance, General
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • International Finance
  • International Marketing
  • Logistics and Materials Management
  • Management Science, General
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Real Estate

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Journalism
  • Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication
  • Radio, Television, and Digital Communication, Other

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst
  • Information Technology

  • Education

  • Art Teacher Education
  • Bilingual and Multilingual Education
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Education, General
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals with Hearing Impairments Including Deafness
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
  • Social Studies Teacher Education

  • Engineering

  • Engineering, General

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • Creative Writing
  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition Services, Other
  • Dietetics/Dietitian (RD)
  • Movement Therapy and Movement Education
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • General Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Health and Physical Education, General
  • Sports Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics, Other
  • Chemistry, General
  • Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Developmental and Child Psychology
  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Social Work

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics, General
  • Geography
  • International Economics
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Theology and Religious Vocations

  • Religious/Sacred Music

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Acting
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Ballet
  • Ceramic Arts and Ceramics
  • Dance, General
  • Directing and Theatrical Production
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Graphic Design
  • Interior Design
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Music, General
  • Musical Theatre
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Piano and Organ
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology
  • Violin, Viola, Guitar and Other Stringed Instruments
  • Voice and Opera


Degrees

Bachelor's
Certificate
First professional
First professional certificate
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Internship

Prominent Alumni


Dr. Sandra L. Brown
Best-selling Author

Ms. Betty Lynn Buckley
Tony Award-winning Actor and Singer

Robert J. McCann
Leading Global Business Executive

Dr. Bob L. Schieffer
Chief Washington Correspondent at CBS News

Hon. Gordon R. England
Former Sec. of Navy and GM of Lockheed-Martin FW

Dan T. Jenkins
Best-selling Author, former Sports Illustrated Sports Writer

Andy G. Dalton
Quarterback, Cincinnati Bengals

Academic Rating

Career overview


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
59%
Graduate in 5 years
74%
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
May 1
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$22,677

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$21,732

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,691

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$39,584

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
42%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$21,019

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$40,630
Required Fees
$90
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,050

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$2,564
Transportation for Commuters
$1,200

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Nursing Loans
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Financial Aid Rating

Overall

Students Say

Undergrads tend to be “middleto upper-class…in good physical shape, and like to have a good time.” Many, “but not all, dress extremely well…First impressions mean a lot here, so do not mess up.” “The student body is very Greek” at TCU. Students differ on how this impacts social dynamics; some insist that “if you aren’t in a fraternity or sorority, it is very hard to fit in,” while others point out that “there are other types of people on campus”, and “if you are open-minded and have a good personality overall you won’t find it hard to make friends inside and outside of Greek life and find yourself belonging at TCU.” While “the student population is mostly made up of Caucasian students,” there is “a growing minority student population,” the largest segment of which is Latina. Some complain about the pervasive materialism, but others think the issue is overblown; one tells us, “Some may find the money an issue, but that’s only because they make it an issue. I’ve never been ashamed that I can’t buy the latest Prada handbag, and no one has ever looked down on me because of that. If you don’t bring it up, nobody cares. A lack of character may make these people feel left out.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
8,647
Out of State
43%

International
5%
Foreign Countries Represented
74

Demographics

2.79%
Asian
5.07%
African-American
11.44%
Hispanic
77.55%
Caucasian
1.46%
Unknown
5.13%
International

60% female
40% male
43% are out of state
96% are full time
4% are part time

Overview

Students Say

“Greek life is one of the most popular activities” at TCU; some say “the Greeks rule the social scene at the school,” while others see slightly more diverse options. The school “puts a lot of its money to good use, such as new residence halls, a nice recreational facility, funding for numerous clubs and organizations, and great activities to bring the campus community together,” creating “a focus on the student community” that extends beyond the Greek houses. TCU football is another pillar of campus life, and students “have a lot of pride” in both the program and the school itself. Beyond these choices, life at TCU “is what you make it. If you want to make grades your top priority, it’s very easy to do so. If you want to go out and party a lot, it’s very easy to do [that] as well. Lots of people drink on campus, but not everyone makes that their life. It’s all about what your priorities are because it is easy to go either way.” Off-campus opportunities are plentiful thanks to access to Dallas-Forth Worth, a major metropolis.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
48%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
98%

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Frat Sorority
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
240
Number of Honor Societies
36

Number of Social Sororities
21
Number of Religious Organizations
24

41% join a fraternity
56% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

6% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Horned Frogs)
10 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Horned Frogs)
12 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Equestrian Sports
Golf
Riflery
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: www.diversity.tcu.edu/lgbtq.asp

Minority Support Groups: www.diversity.tcu.edu

Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability


Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
100

Average Number of PC's per Lab
20

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
98%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Hewlett Packard, Apple

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Margaret McCarthy
Admission Counselor

Address
Office of Admission
TCU Box 297013
Fort Worth, TX 76129

Phone
817-257-7490

Email
frogmail@tcu.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Campus Commons & Frog Fountain
Amon Carter Stadium
University Recreation Center
Brown-Lupton University Union
Rees-Jones Hall

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Kimbell Art Museum
Historic Stockyards/Billy Bob's
Downtown Sundance Square
Bass Performance Hall
Fort Worth Zoo

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday; Saturday
8am-5pm; 9am-noon
817-257-7490

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Schedule varies - call for appointment

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
3 weeks

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Varies

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
One night stay for admitted students only; no Thursday-Saturday nights

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport is 25 miles from campus. Taxis, rental cars, and the Super Shuttle (800-258-3826) are available for the trip from the airport. About 45 miles from campus, Dallas Love Field Airport serves as a base for Southwest Airlines; taxis and rental cars are available.

Driving Instructions to Campus
Take I-30 and exit at University Dr. just west of downtown (Signs on I-30 indicate the TCU exit.) Head south on University and turn right on Bellaire Drive North. From the south, take I-35W to I-20 West. Exit at Hulen St. (you will see a TCU sign), then go north. Go east on Bellaire Dr South. You will see TCU at the crest of the hill. The Admission Center is at 3301 Bellaire Drive North.
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Key Stats

17,029
Applicants
8,647
Size
49%
Acceptance Rate

Rankings & Lists