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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)

To download only the Teacher Evaluation / Recommendation form, click here.

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.

Nursing Clinical Transfer Studentsclick here for your application. Not sure if you are ready for Clinicals? Go to and find out.

Pay Your Application Fee Online

After you have applied to TCU, you can submit your application fee online using a checking account or major credit card. Simply click here and enter your date of birth, U.S. residency status and either your TCU ID or full name, then follow the instructions to submit your payment.

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 500 words.

Imagine Honors students are required to dedicate themselves to learning something they identify as significant and meaningful outside of their major(s). What would you identify as significant and spend time studying? Why? Describe what you would need to support this learning—types of experiences, resources, places, and/or courses. Also please explain how you would you ultimately use this learning after graduation.

Question #2: 
Please respond to ONE of the following three essay prompts using no more than 350 words.

  1. TCU Alum Caylin Moore (’17) recently published an autobiography, A Dream Too Big, describing his journey from South Central Los Angeles to becoming a Rhodes Scholar. If you were writing an autobiography, what would be the theme and title of your story and what significant lessons that would be included in the account. Also, please identify who would benefit most from reading your story and explain why.
  2. When Walt Disney first described EPCOT, he said, “Everything in E.P.C.O.T. 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.