For International Students
Undergraduates in their first two years of higher education who are under 21 years of age are required to live in on-campus housing. If you are eligible to live off campus, you will find apartments and rental houses near TCU in various price ranges. Some are within walking distance and a few apartment complexes offer shuttle service to TCU. If you have a car, there will be even more options available.
A popular new facility just for TCU students is the GrandMarc at Westberry Place. The GrandMarc is conveniently located on the edge of TCU’s campus and offers the amenities of a luxury apartment. Plus, they’re fully furnished.
For more information about local apartments or rental houses, go to ApartmentGuide.com.
TCU has a very active International Student Association. ISA holds weekly meetings for all interested students and has several off-campus events each semester. “International Week” showcases TCU international students and educates everyone on campus about cultures around the world. In addition to ISA, you will find special interest groups such as Students for Asian-Indian Cultural Awareness and African Heritage Organization.
TCU will accept transfer students with strong grades in transferable classes from accredited institutions in other countries.
Because the classes taken in other countries may be very different from those students take in the U.S., it often takes students longer than anticipated to complete their degrees here. You must complete courses in your major AND the liberal arts and sciences core. This is true of any university in the U.S. to which you might transfer.
Nearly all funding is awarded to incoming students, not to continuing students. A few small awards are sometimes given after the first year to those with the highest TCU grade point averages who are not receiving other scholarships. If you do not receive adequate financial aid prior to your arrival, you should not attend TCU.
Yes, international students on F-1 visas can legally work on campus 20 hours per week during the school year (most actually work 10-15 hours) or 40 hours per week during school holidays and the summer break. We recommend that you concentrate on academic studies your first semester and begin working your second semester at TCU. Getting a job is competitive, but jobs are available throughout the campus.
We encourage all students, including international students, to study abroad during their time at TCU. In fact, TCU is known for its strong Study Abroad opportunities.
After you are admitted to TCU, we will require a tuition deposit and the TCU Financial Statement (if not provided earlier), signed by you and your sponsor. Your sponsor’s employer must provide a letter verifying employment and salary. The sponsor’s bank must provide a letter indicating the average monthly balance over the past year and the current balance. The sponsor must have sufficient funding in his or her bank to cover your first year’s educational costs, plus show evidence of the ability to pay for subsequent years.
Once you have submitted all of the required financial documents and the enrollment fee, we will prepare your I-20 (the document used to apply for the F-1 student visa). This usually takes about two weeks, not including mailing time.
There is no universal ranking system in the U.S. You should not choose a college based on magazine rankings, since many are subjective or based on information that is not consistent among all colleges. The various rankings may supply you with additional information or give you new viewpoints about a university, though.
TCU has been “ranked” by publications such as U.S. News & World Report, Princeton Review, Wall Street Journal, and Careers & Colleges. The best ranking system, however, is the one that you develop yourself to determine which university can best meet your needs (academic, personal, and social).
We seek students with above-average grades and a strong selection of academic courses. Most students from public high schools will rank in the top 25% of their class, and most attending private schools will rank in the top 40%. We do take into consideration the rigor of your particular school. The SAT middle 50% range is 1620-1860 and the ACT is 23-28. While your academic credentials are most important, we also consider your talents, leadership potential, and determination to make a difference.
Yes, the residence halls at TCU are very nice! Undergraduates in their first two years of higher education who are under the age of 21 are required to live in on-campus housing. Others may apply for on-campus housing, based on availability. For more information, go to here.
You will combine classes in your major with a foundation in the liberal arts and sciences. All TCU students take classes such as history, social science, math, English, physical science, fine arts, religion, cultural and global studies, social values, speech and literature. More information on the TCU Core Curriculum.
TCU is fortunate to have many new and renovated buildings, including facilities for business, technology, performing arts and campus recreation. You’ll also benefit from a new bookstore, alumni and visitors center, and apartment-style residence halls. A new University Union, the hub of campus life, opened in 2008. All classrooms at TCU have updated technology, including features such as laptop hookups and built-in projectors for multimedia presentations. Nearly all spots on campus have wireless networking.
A Report of Medical History form is sent to students after admission and must be submitted before enrolling at TCU. All students born after 1957 must have two doses of the Measles (Rubeola) vaccine. In addition, within 12 months prior to enrollment, a Mantoux/TB skin test is required. The University provides a comprehensive health insurance plan that covers students for illnesses and injuries throughout the year. A dedicated, well-qualified staff of physicians and nurses in the TCU Health Center provide economical medical and pharmacy services.
International students living outside the U.S. and participating in August orientation should pay a minimum of 40% of their total charges (tuition, fees, food & housing) at orientation or by September 5 (February 5 for those entering in January), and the balance is due in three monthly installments. New students living in the U.S. or those permitted to register early will be expected to pay 20% of their bill by the 5th day of the month classes begin, and the balance is due in four monthly installments. For students using the payment plan, a finance charge in the amount of 1% (12% APR) will be assessed each month on the outstanding balance. Payment in full can be made at any time.
For continuing students, 20% of total basic semester charges is required by the 5th day of the month that classes begin, and the balance is due in four monthly installments.
For continuing students, 20% of total basic semester charges (tuition, fees, food & housing) is required by the 5th day of the month that classes begin, and the balance is due in four monthly installments. For students using the payment plan, a finance charge in the amount of 1.25% (15% APR) will be assessed each month on the outstanding balance. Payment in full can be made at any time.