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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: Common Question (REQUIRED) Please respond to this essay prompt using no more than 500 words.

Let’s imagine that Honors students at TCU are required to dedicate themselves to learning something they identify as significant and meaningful that lies completely outside of their major(s). What area, question, and/or type of learning would you choose? Why? Describe what you would need to support this learning—types of experiences, resources, places, and/or courses—and how this learning would help you beyond graduation.


Question #2: Candidate Choice (CHOOSE ONE) Please respond to one of the following three essay prompts using no more than 500 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 would be included in the account? Also, please identify who would benefit most from reading your story and explain why.

 2. The “LEAD ON” campaign on TCU’s campus identifies three key themes, and one of these is building a university that fosters an appreciation and awareness of diversity, inclusion, equity, access, and social justice for all. Please describe how your unique experiences, backgrounds, and/or social identities would enhance TCU and contribute to a diverse range of perspectives in the John V. Roach Honors College. Conversely, how would you benefit from an Honors community in which diversity, equity, inclusion, access, and social justice are fundamental to everything we do as a College?

 3. Over the past four years, the John V. Roach Honors College has hosted guest speakers such as NBA legend and civil rights activist Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, education innovator Cathy Davidson, Bill Nye the Science Guy, and Serial podcast hosts Julie Snyder and Sarah Koenig. Honors students have conversed with these guests and learned from their experiences and perspectives. What person or persons, past or present, would you invite to speak at TCU? Why? What questions would you ask? What impact would you want your guest speaker(s) to have on an audience of Honors students?