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ApplyTexas Applicants, please refer to our application checklist for the required essay and evaluations. You may choose an essay topic from TCU’s options, or one of the ApplyTexas options. The TCU application requires only one essay.
Forms & Essay Topics
To download only the Counselor Evaluation / Recommendation form, click here. (This is also known as the Secondary School Report)
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To download only the Essay Topics, click here. Choose one from any of the prompts provided by the TCU application, the Common Application, or ApplyTexas. Only one essay submission is required.
To download the Early Decision Form, click here.
Pay Your Application Fee Online
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Apply to the John V. Roach Honors College
Any student wishing to join the honors college must complete the supplemental honors application after submitting their application to TCU. The supplement includes two essays, one required and one of your choice.
Question #1: Required Question
Please respond to this essay prompt using no more than 350 words.
John V. Roach Honors College students and faculty are encouraged to take creative and thoughtful risks. Describe a time when you found the courage to do something unexpected and completely unlike you. Why did you take this risk? What did you learn from the experience? What did this experience teach you about the process of learning?
Please respond to ONE of the following three essay prompts using no more than 350 words.
1. An identification card—a passport, driver’s license, school ID—characterizes you. It places you in groups with others who are like you and distinguishes you from those who are not like you. Analyze what your “official” identity says about you and what it omits. Do you wish it were different, and if so why?
2. When Walt Disney first described his Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow (EPCOT), he said, “Everything in EPCOT will be dedicated to the happiness of the people who will live, work, and play here… and to those who come here from all around the world to visit our living showcase.” He then proceeded to build his ideal community. Describe in detail your ideal community. Explain your choices in the creation process.
3. Salt, governments, beliefs, and celebrity couples are a few examples of things that can be dissolved. You’ve just been granted the power to dissolve anything: physical, metaphorical, abstract, concrete…you name it. Explain what you would dissolve and why. Also name and describe your choice of solvent.