Transfer Academic Requirements

Admission to TCU as a transfer student is based upon evidence of ability to succeed in college-level work. The applicant’s total record will be assessed, taking into account the following:

  1. the cumulative grade point average
  2. quality of curriculum
  3. the number of hours and GPA in core subjects
  4. the high school record and test results (if possessing fewer than 24 transferable semester hours at the time of application)
  5. extracurricular activities, achievements and honors
  6. essay

The applicant must be in good academic standing and be eligible to return to all previous institutions. Official transcripts must be submitted from each college attended whether the work was satisfactory, unsatisfactory, or interrupted. Failure to disclose any part of a previous academic record is a serious violation of trust and will subject a student to dismissal and forfeiture of credit earned while in attendance at TCU.

Evidence of acceptable academic standing at an accredited college or university and appropriate academic credentials are required. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 is necessary for consideration although a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher on transferable academic coursework is generally required for admission. Every application will be reviewed on an individual basis. In most cases, greater emphasis is placed on academic work completed in recent semesters than on work completed in the more distant past.

Academic Fresh Start is provided for undergraduate students who have demonstrated better than average academic performance in recent college coursework. Only applicants who have completed academic course work ten or more years prior to their current application may be considered for Academic Fresh Start. Students electing to use the Academic Fresh Start policy may request forfeiture of all credits earned prior to ten years from the date of their currently requested admission to TCU. Students must submit transcripts from all colleges attended and the Academic Fresh Start form for consideration.

Grades on all attempted transferable courses except physical education activity courses (including repeated courses and those in which grades of F, D or I) will be used in calculating the grade point average to determine the applicant’s qualification for admission. Once admitted, a student’s transfer grades will not be entered on the student’s permanent record at TCU.

Courses that do not transfer to TCU include the following:

  1. courses in which a grade lower than C was earned
  2. courses considered to be developmental (e.g., orientation, time management, library skills) or remedial (e.g., those in English, math and reading)
  3. Vocational-Technical courses

Separate academic requirements exist for:

Biology

Transferring from a 2-year college
If you have taken biology and chemistry, you’ll need a 3.2 GPA in introductory chemistry and biology courses, and a cumulative GPA of 3.6.If you have not taken biology and chemistry, you’ll need a cumulative 3.7 GPA.

Transferring from a 4-year college
If you have taken biology and chemistry, you’ll need a 2.8 GPA in introductory chemistry and biology courses, and a cumulative GPA of 3.4.If you have not taken biology and chemistry, you’ll need a cumulative 3.5 GPA.

Business

Chemistry

Requires a minimum 3.5 GPA in chemistry courses from a 2-year college and a minimum 3.2 GPA in chemistry courses from a 4-year college.

Nursing

See information about the Nursing Clinical Program

Pre-Health

TCU offers a curriculum to prepare students for admission to programs leading to doctoral degrees in the following health professions: dentistry (D.D.S.), medicine (M.D.), optometry (O.D.) osteopathy (D.O.) podiatric medicine (D.P.M.) and veterinary medicine (D.V.M.). The pre-health program is a career track at TCU, not a major, although most pre-health students major in biology or another science. Pre-health students are advised by the “HPAC” or Health Professions Advisory Committee, participate in mock interviews, and receive recommendation letters. TCU’s pre-health graduates have twice the national average acceptance into medical school.


New transfer students should meet the following GPA requirements for entrance into the Pre-health program:

Transferring from a 2-year college
If you have taken biology and chemistry, you’ll need a 3.2 GPA in introductory chemistry and biology courses, and a cumulative GPA of 3.6.If you have not taken biology and chemistry, you’ll need a cumulative 3.7 GPA.

Transferring from a 4-year college
If you have taken biology and chemistry, you’ll need a 2.8 GPA in introductory chemistry and biology courses, and a cumulative GPA of 3.4.If you have not taken biology and chemistry, you’ll need a cumulative 3.5 GPA.


The average entering GPA for medical, dental and vet schools is almost always in the 3.6-3.8 range, and very few applicants are accepted with a GPA of less than 3.3. These are minimum requirements and in no way guarantee acceptance.

The HPAC Committee recommends that students:

  • Transfer after their first year of college, as the pre-health track typically takes three years to complete
  • Take all chemistry classes at TCU*
  • Take Biology for Science Majors I & II and General Physics I & II the first year

*If a student has not had a strong foundation of chemistry in high school, or has not taken chemistry in the last five years, it is suggested that the student enroll in Chemistry I, at either a community college or their current institution, as preparation for first semester chemistry at TCU. If a student wishes to prepare this way, the class will not count as Chemistry 10113 at TCU, however, medical, dental and vet schools will count this grade in their pre-requisite GPA.

Strategic Communication

Strategic communication majors learn to conduct research; write and create content for print, broadcast, online and mobile platforms; design; choose channels to place the message; and evaluate effectiveness.

Most strategic communication graduates begin work in advertising or public relations agencies, corporations, governmental agencies, nonprofit groups, health care groups, sports teams, and consulting firms. Others enter a variety of graduate school programs.

Admission to Strategic Communication is competitive.  To be accepted to TCU as a Strategic Communication major, students must have:

Admission from a Community College – A minimum GPA of 3.25 is required for admission consideration.

Admission from a University – A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required for admission consideration.

For more information about the major or admission into the degree program, please contact the Schieffer School of Journalism.

 


See Course Transferability for information about transferring prior credits.

For major-specific questions, contact the appropriate department using the Academic Department Directory.

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