See what students say:

Academics

Undergrads at Texas Christian University certainly feel that their college offers it all—“strong academics, driven student body, great opportunities [and] valuable connections.” It also combines a small school atmosphere with the resources of a large university. Many students are attracted to TCU thanks to its “very nice facilities,” “great honors [college],” and the fact that the university “provides large amounts of merit-based financial aid.” “Small class sizes” mean that students here are “not just a number.” While the university has many fabulous departments and programs, students tout the Neeley School of Business and Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences as standouts. Texas Christian professors are typically “experts in [their] field of study.” Although classes are frequently “challenging,” it’s obvious that instructors are wholly committed to “serving and helping students.” Indeed, “they demand much, but also provide plenty of resources in order for students to meet and exceed expectations.” They’re also “extremely open and respectful to all students” and truly want them to “become more interested in the subject as well.” Faculty members make themselves “readily available through office hours and emails.”

Student Body

The vibe on Texas Christian University’s campus can be summed up with the phrase “southern hospitality.” Undergrads find their peers to be “friendly [and] welcoming.” Many are also “football fanatics who…happen to be pretty smart.” The majority of TCU students are “engaged, generally extroverted individuals who are optimistic about their potential to change the world.” TCU is “big on Greek life, it can seem like everyone is a stereotypical sorority sister or fraternity brother.” However, we’ve been assured that “there are many pockets within the student body where individuals can find their group of likeminded people,” and that “everyone gets along very well in general.” TCU undergrads typically “have a lot of school spirit and love to support the university” and are “friendly and personable.” One student shares, “People tend to remember you just from a few interactions and never shy [away] from saying ‘hi’ whenever they see you on campus.” Lastly, undergrads admit that TCU is not the most ethnically diverse institution. Even though there is an “abundance” of “international students,” the “campus remains to be predominately white.” Nevertheless, you can find “a wide array of…ideological” beliefs.

Campus Life

Students at TCU, as at many universities, subscribe to a work hard, play hard lifestyle. “Libraries are usually semi-full or packed with students studying for classes and exams.” When undergrads are itching for a study break, there is “a plethora of on-campus organizations [in which] to participate.” One club in particular, “the Crew, comes up with some new activity or program for students every day.” Their activities can “range from petting zoos to bouncy houses to circus performers.” The university also brings speakers to campus “pretty often to talk about current issues/academic [topics] of interest.” And of course, “Saturdays in the fall are strictly dedicated to football.” “Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays are the big nights for people to go out. This usually includes fraternity parties and the bar,” The Bottom. Finally, heading into downtown Fort Worth is pretty popular. Students love to take advantage of the “shopping, bars, and movie theaters.” And outdoorsy types will be excited to learn that “there are some trails that wind with the Trinity River which many people run and bike along.”

Overview

Applicants
19,740
Acceptance Rate
41%

Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
570 - 660
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
560 - 670
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
25 - 30

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Decision — November 1

Early Action — November 1

Regular — February 1


Other Admission Factors

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Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
13:1
Total Faculty
1,020
with Terminal Degree
709

515
Men
505
Women
166
Minority
13
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
69%
Graduate in 5 years
82%
Graduate in 6 years
83%

Majors

  • AGRICULTURE, AGRICULTURE OPERATIONS, AND RELATED SCIENCES.

  • Farm/Farm and Ranch Management.

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • Ethnic Studies.
  • Latin American Studies.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
  • Neuroscience.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting.
  • Actuarial Science.
  • Fashion Merchandising.
  • Finance, General.
  • Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management.
  • Management Science.
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General.
  • Real Estate.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Advertising.
  • Journalism.
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies.
  • Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication.
  • Public Relations/Image Management.
  • Radio, Television, and Digital Communication, Other.
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric.

  • 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/Teaching of Individuals with Hearing Impairments Including Deafness.
  • Elementary Education and Teaching.
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education.
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching.
  • Mathematics Teacher Education.
  • Music Teacher Education.
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching.
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education.
  • Secondary Education and Teaching.
  • Social Studies Teacher Education.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Engineering, General.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.
  • Writing, General.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

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

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

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

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • HOMELAND SECURITY, LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIREFIGHTING AND RELATED PROTECTIVE SERVICES.

  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies.

  • 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/Fitness, 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.

  • 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.
  • Design and Visual Communications, General.
  • Directing and Theatrical Production.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General.
  • Graphic Design.
  • Interior Design.
  • Keyboard Instruments.
  • Music Performance, General.
  • Music Theory and Composition.
  • Music, General.
  • Musical Theatre.
  • Painting.
  • Photography.
  • Printmaking.
  • Sculpture.
  • Stringed Instruments.
  • Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology.
  • Voice and Opera.


Degrees

Bachelor's
Certificate
Diploma
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master'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

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Dr. Sandra L. Brown
Best-selling Author; Sandra Brown Management Ltd.

Elaine Frontain Bryant
Exec. VP and Head of Programming, A&E Network

Andy G. Dalton
Quarterback, Cincinnati Bengals

Dr. Rodney C. Ewing
Stanford University Frank Stanton Professor in Nuclear Security

Elliott J. Hill
President of Geographies and Integrated Marketplace, Nike

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

Dr. Bob L. Schieffer
Chief Washington Correspondent at CBS, Retired

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
69%
Graduate in 5 years
82%
Graduate in 6 years
83%

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

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$52,900

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$94,300

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$53,900

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$96,900

Percent High Job Meaning
52%

Percent STEM
8%


Students Say

When it comes to the job hunt, TCU students are destined for success. Many undergrads benefit from having professors who “use their contacts with employers to help students land internships and job interviews.” They may also tap into a very “involved alumni network.” Further, a number of “job opportunities” come through TCU's fantastic Career Center. Indeed, the office sponsors multiple career fairs throughout the year, each focused on a different discipline (ex. nursing, social work, engineering and technology, etc.) And it hosts a number of networking events wherein students can meet employers from various industries like criminal justice, media and interior design.

Dates

Application Deadlines
May 1
Notification Date
Dec 15

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$28,394

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$27,790

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,511

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
36%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$42,212

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$23,945

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$46,860
Required Fees
$90
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$950

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$2,000
Transportation for Commuters
$960

On-Campus Room and Board
$12,804
Comprehensive Fee

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
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
9,011
Foreign Countries Represented
69

Demographics

3.15%
Asian
5.44%
African-American
13.48%
Hispanic
70.68%
Caucasian
1.26%
Unknown
4.54%
International

59% female
41% male
46% are out of state
97% are full time
3% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

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

First-Year Students living on campus
97%

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


Director
Marsha Ramsey

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
256
Number of Honor Societies
36

Number of Social Sororities
21
Number of Religious Organizations
23

41% join a fraternity
58% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

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)
13 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Equestrian Sports
Golf
Riflery
Sand Volleyball
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

78/99

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Hewlett Packard, Apple

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Margaret McCarthy
Assistant Director of Admission

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

Phone
817-257-7490

Email
visit@tcu.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Campus Commons & Frog Fountain
Amon G. Carter Stadium
University Recreation Center
Brown-Lupton University Union
Mary Couts Burnett Library

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; some Saturdays
8am-5pm; 8am-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
Not Available

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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