Frequently Asked Questions
If you have questions about living and learning at TCU, we’re here to help. Click a topic below to see a list of FAQs about that topic.
- Can you mail me a catalog?
TCU’s Undergraduate Studies Catalog is now available exclusively online. Click here to explore it.
- What are TCU faculty members like?
At TCU, faculty members have many responsibilities. However, they are especially committed to teaching. About 90 percent have the highest academic credentials in their particular fields. You won’t find graduate students teaching many courses.
While they are expected to have scheduled office hours, most have open door policies. This means you can stop by their offices at any time, and they will help you get the most out of your education.
TCU faculty members are recognized researchers, and you may have the opportunity to assist them with their research. Faculty members help connect students with internships, employment, and opportunities for graduate study.
At TCU, you will find creative, talented and knowledgeable faculty members who will serve as mentors and friends.
- What are the liberal arts and sciences, and why are they important?
The liberal arts and sciences include wide-ranging subjects intended to teach you how to read critically, think analytically and communicate effectively. A broad understanding of history, society, literature, economics, science, languages and culture will help you be comfortable in any conversation. These subjects teach you critical inquiry, a skill that comes in handy when the answers you need can’t be found in a book.
For more information about the University Core Curriculum, click here.
- What are your requirements for AP/CLEP credit?
Through several methods, above-average students may earn academic credit for college-level learning by taking an examination in the appropriate area. Read more about TCU’s Advanced Placement, CLEP, Portfolio Assessment, Advanced Standing Examinations, IB, Conference Examinations and Audition Examinations for credit by clicking here.
- What does the core curriculum include?
Heritage, Mission, Vision & Values; Human Experiences and Endeavors; and Essential Competencies. For more information about the Core Curriculum, click here.
- What is the student-to-faculty ratio?
The full-time equivalent student-to-faculty ratio at TCU is 13:1.
- What majors does TCU offer?
TCU offers more than 100 undergraduate areas of study within seven colleges and schools:
- Addran College of Humanities and Social Sciences
- Neeley School of Business
- College of Communication
- College of Education
- College of Fine Arts
- Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences
- College of Science & Engineering
To explore TCU’s areas of study, click here.
- What’s the average class size?
The average class size for an undergraduate course is 27 students.
- What are TCU’s admission requirements?
Because TCU is a selective university, we are able to consider all credentials, both academic and extracurricular, as well as teacher and counselor evaluations, when reviewing an application for admission.
For more information about high school credit requirements, click here.
- What are your requirements for AP/CLEP credit?
Through several methods, above-average students may earn academic credit for college-level learning by taking an examination in the appropriate area. Read more about TCU’s Advanced Placement, CLEP, Portfolio Assessment, Advanced Standing Examinations, IB, Conference Examinations and Audition Examinations for credit by clicking here.
- What is the recommended high school curriculum?
We require for our students to have:
4 credits English
3 credits Mathematics
3 credits Science – 1 should be a lab – (biology or chemistry)
We will consider the credit in physical science
3 credits Social studies
2 credits Foreign language
2 credits Academic electives
- What standardized tests are required for admission?
TCU requires either the SAT Reasoning or ACT standardized test scores. We do not set minimum SAT Reasoning or ACT scores for consideration for admission. TCU superscores both the ACT and SAT, meaning we can take your best section scores from different test dates, and combine them for one terrific superscore. TCU College Board code is 6820 and ACT code is 4206.
- What is the profile of an enrolled student?
Enrolled TCU students who entered in Fall 2016 have a mid 50-percent SAT score range of 1160-1360 or a mid 50-percent ACT score range of 26-30. The median rank in class for incoming freshmen is 13%.
6. What is the nursing supplement on the application?
Applicants to TCU’s nursing major are required to answer these supplemental questions found on an online form that is shared with the student after the TCU application is submitted. Early Action and Early Decision students have until November 15 to submit their responses. Regular Decision students have until February 15 to submit their responses.
- Can freshmen students have cars?
Yes, although many students find that they use their cars rarely. Student parking permits are $75. For more information on campus parking regulations, visit the TCU Police Web site by clicking here.
- Does TCU have campus police? How safe is the campus?
TCU Campus Police manage security 24 hours a day and are fully qualified law enforcement officers licensed by the State of Texas.
Campus Police can be reached during an emergency by calling extension 7777 on campus. Lighted emergency phones are located around campus and provide one-touch access to the Campus Police dispatcher.
For more information, including statistics on campus security, click here.
- How large is the TCU campus?
The TCU campus is encompasses 269 acres in residential Fort Worth, and you can walk from one side of the campus to the other in about 15 minutes.
To take a virtual tour of the campus, click here.
- How many students attend TCU?
For the most update student population count, please go to http://www.ir.tcu.edu/ and click Quick Facts on the left.
- What do the initials “TCU” stand for, and what does the name mean?
TCU is Texas Christian University. Our middle name comes from our historic relationship with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), a Protestant denomination known for a broad interpretation and respect for diverse faith traditions. TCU welcomes students of all faiths – and of none. Students take one religion studies course as part of the liberal arts and sciences core curriculum. TCU does not seek to impose a particular religious point of view, but challenges each student to consider what he or she believes.
Read this Admission blog entry by two faculty members for an explanation of TCU’s church relationship.
- What is the percentage of students of color?
For the most up-to-date information, please visit http://www.ir.tcu.edu/zfiles/Fall2018.pdf.
- What percentage of freshmen return for their second year?
TCU’s retention of freshman students who return for their sophomore year is 90 percent.
- What’s the male-to-female ratio?
41% of TCU students are men and 59% are women.
- Where are TCU students from?
50 percent of TCU students are from Texas, 45 percent come from other states and 5 percent are from other countries.
States that are particularly well-represented in the student body include Arkansas, California, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico and Oklahoma.
TCU has over 400 international students who represent more than 85 countries.
- Where is TCU located? How can I schedule a visit?
TCU is located in a residential neighborhood about four miles from downtown Fort Worth, Texas.
Fort Worth is where the West began, and you’ll find it is now an uncommon blend of the Old West and metropolitan culture and class. To learn more about the city, click here.
- When are application deadlines?
For more information on application deadlines, click here.
- When is my tuition deposit due?
May 1, National Candidate Reply Day, is the deadline for submitting your tuition deposit and notifying us of your decisions regarding admission, scholarships, financial aid and housing.
If you applied Early Decision, your tuition deposit is due two weeks from the date you received your admission letter.
- How does Early Decision differ from Early Action?
While early decision and early action both provide a quick response to our most interested students, early decision applicants are bound to attend TCU if admitted, and must withdraw applications to any other colleges. Early action students, however, are not obligated to attend, and still have until May 1 to decide whether or not TCU is the right university for them.
Early Decision applicants must also submit a CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE if they intend to apply for financial aid if admitted to TCU.
- Why should I apply Early Decision?
Students whose first choice is TCU ought to consider applying early decision as this is the surest way to demonstrate your desire to be a TCU student.
- My friend told me it is easier to be admitted early decision versus early action or regular decision. Is this true?
This can vary from year to year. We plan to admit students who best fit our community regardless of when or how they apply.
- May I apply to other colleges while I apply to TCU Early Decision?
Yes. Students may apply to other colleges while their application to TCU is under review. Once offers of admission are extended, admitted students are required to withdraw applications from other colleges, or decline offers of admission previously extended to them via a rolling application process.
- What if I apply to TCU under Early Decision, but decide not to go?
Students admitted under our early decision plan are contractually obligated to attend TCU. If an admitted student backs out of that commitment, he or she may not apply to TCU under any other admission plan.
- What happens if apply Early Decision to TCU and am not admitted?
In addition to an offer of admission, there are two possible outcomes. Students may be denied admission to TCU or their applications may be deferred to the regular decision pool. If an early decision application is deferred, the student is released from the obligation to attend TCU if he or she is ultimately admitted.
- Will early decision students be considered for academic scholarships in the same way as early action and regular decision students?
Yes. Our merit scholarship criteria are the same for all students, regardless of when they submit an application. This includes early decision applicants interested in our full-tuition Chancellor’s Scholarship.
- If financial considerations will play a factor in my ability to attend TCU, should I apply early decision?
Because financial aid awards will not be made prior to admission decisions, students who apply early decision should have the financial security to commit to TCU.
- Should I apply to the John V. Roach Honors College?
All interested students are encouraged to apply to the John V. Roach Honors College.
- What does the John V. Roach Honors College look for in an application?
We seek students who will contribute to and benefit from our unique learning community, who can’t wait to join our community of learners, participate in our small seminars, and/or start designing an undergraduate research project. In addition to GPA and test scores, the admissions committee looks for students with special talents (e.g. musical, athletic, scientific, artistic), interesting hobbies or avocations, unique personal achievements, unusual life experiences, significant community involvement, or exceptional leadership qualities. We seek restless, tenacious, thoughtful students who are hungry to inquire and create, eager to discover themselves and the world beyond themselves, to listen, to speak up, and to grow.
There is no minimum GPA or test score requirement for admission. The Honors College application and TCU application are both considered when evaluating candidates; this allows multiple facets of each candidate to be considered. Average scores for the most recent class were:
- Average ACT: 33
- Average SAT: 1450
- Average unweighted GPA: 3.8.
Please note that the Honors Admissions Committee always considers GPAs in the context of the program of study in which they were earned. Applicants should take care to articulate their educational background on the TCU application.
- What are the essential dates I need to know about when applying to the John V. Roach Honors College?
Important Dates & Deadlines for Class of 2023 Applicants
|August 1, 2018||Application system open|
|November 1, 2018||First TCU application deadline|
|November 15, 2018||Flat deadline for early Honors supplement|
|January 31, 2019||Early Honors invitations sent via mail|
|February 1, 2019||Second TCU application deadline|
|February 15, 2019||Flat deadline for secondary applicants' Honors supplement|
|April 15, 2019||Honors invitations sent via mail|
4. I can’t find the Honors College application in the TCU admission application?
The application to the John V. Roach Honors College is a supplemental application. You will receive this application after completing two steps:  checking the box indicating your interest in the John V. Roach Honors College, and  submitting your application to TCU.
5. Do I need to apply to both TCU and the John V. Roach Honors College?
Yes. Students first apply to TCU. After completing and submitting the TCU application, you will complete and submit your application to the John V. Roach Honors College.
6. I clicked the box on my application to TCU that says I am interested in the John V. Roach Honors College. Now what?
After clicking the box and submitting your TCU application, you will receive an email that includes a link to the honors application.
7. When will I receive the supplementary application to the John V. Roach Honors College?
If you checked the box in your application to TCU, you should receive an email that includes a link to the Honors College application after submitting your application for admission to TCU.
8. What if I forgot to check the John V. Roach Honors College box on the TCU application or realized that I want to apply to honors after submitting my TCU application?
We would love for you to apply! Contact your admissions counselor at TCU or send an email to email@example.com to request an honors application link.
9. What are the specific requirements for the John V. Roach Honors College application?
Students will compose and submit two essays; each essay has a word limit of 350 words.
The first essay is required of all students. The prompt is:
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?
For the second essay, students have three options:
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.
10. Do the faculty of the John V. Roach Honors College have recommendations for addressing the essay?
Successful essays will:
- show creativity, honesty, and curiosity
- thoughtfully express your own ideas and thinking, not just offer general responses
- demonstrate writing proficiency (e.g., excellent grammar, syntax, complex structure, creative expression)
- provide clear reasoning and specific examples in support of your claims and positions
- use your voice and thoughts
- give us insight into how you think, how you reason, and what you value (academically and in life)
- demonstrate a solid understanding and thorough engagement of each prompt
11. What is the purpose of the attestation clause at the end of the honors application?
For the John V. Roach Honors College Review Committee to make accurate selection decisions, the writing samples students submit MUST BE THEIR OWN WORK ENTIRELY. Checking the box attesting the essays are your own work, and solely your work, will ensure accuracy in the selection process. Ultimately, we want to read essays composed by our potential future students, not their teachers, counselors, parents, or hired college advisors.
Random sampling for plagiarism will be conducted. Any work found to be plagiarized will result in immediate elimination of the application to the Honors College, with no chance of appeal. Honesty is the best policy.
12. When is the application due?
The first opportunity and priority due date is November 15, 2018. Interested applicants who do not apply in November, have a second opportunity and can apply before or on the second due date of February 15, 2019.
13. How do I apply to the John V. Roach Honors College?
You hit “submit” after completing the application.
More specifically, you will submit your Honors College application online after uploading your essay responses in either Word or PDF. The link you received through email should direct you to the online application, which includes a submit button.
Please note that we do not accept paper copies. You should also receive a verification email acknowledging successful submission of your application to the John V. Roach Honors College.
14. What is the turnaround time on decisions?
All applicants who submit their honors supplemental application by November 15, 2018 will be notified by January 31, 2019.
Students submitting honors supplemental applications after November 15, 2018 but before the February 15, 2019 deadline, will receive notification decisions by April 15, 2019.
14. If I have already sent my transcript and/or test scores to TCU, do I need to send another copy to the John V. Roach Honors College?
No. If you have already sent transcripts or test scores to TCU, you do not need to resend them to the John V. Roach Honors College.
15. Can transfer students apply to the John V. Roach Honors College?
Transfer students need to complete their first semester at TCU in order to establish a TCU GPA. Students who have earned a 3.5 GPA in at least 12 graded hours at TCU are encouraged to contact the John V. Roach Honors College at firstname.lastname@example.org to begin the admission process.
16. How will I learn about my admissions decision?
Admissions decisions will be delivered in two ways. First, we will notify students through the online TCU student portal. Second, we will send admissions packets by mail. Admissions decisions cannot be shared by phone.
17. What are the minimum required GPA and test scores?
Every honors applicant is evaluated on an individual basis. The John V. Roach Honors College Admissions Committee—composed of Honors faculty and TCU admissions counselors—considers the high school and/or academic record, extracurricular activities, test scores, and essays of each applicant.
18. Does the honors curriculum fit well with any major?
Yes, coursework within the John V. Roach Honors College complements and coordinates with any degree plan at TCU. Honors students graduate with undergraduate degrees from all programs and colleges at TCU. Academic advisors in your major area and in the Honors College can assist you in creating an academic plan that incorporates the Honors requirements.
19. Do all honors students follow the same curriculum?
No. Honors students are active creators of their own academic experience, and honors classes provide the unique opportunity to be in the driver’s seat and customize your curriculum.
20. Are honors courses limited to the Humanities?
No. Honors is a crossroad of all disciplines, a space where complexities of knowledge are explored from a variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives.
21. Is Honors more work?
No. Honors is a different kind of work – not more assignments but more exciting, challenging and rewarding forms of inquiry. Just ask the Nature of Giving students about their debate on how to divvy up $100,000 to five non-profits or Professor Dou’s class about the history of China learned through GO, an ancient board game.
22. What can I do as an honors student that I can’t as a non-honors student?
Honors students are privy to some exclusive opportunities within the College. A few of these opportunities include:
- An international Frog Camp
- A hospitable learning community shared with fellow Honors students in Milton Daniel Hall, a first-year honors Residence Hall
- Unique study abroad experiences called Honors Explorations
- Creative courses that offer one-of-a-kind intellectual experiences
- Research projects in their major or minor under the supervision of a faculty mentor
- Priority registration for classes.
- Are off-campus apartments available?
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. http://www.grandmarctcu.com/ 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.
- Are there special organizations for international students?
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.
- Can I attend TCU as a transfer student from a university in another country?
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.
- Can I pay for my charges by credit card or wire money to TCU?
Yes, you may pay with American Express, Discover, or MasterCard.
To wire money, please contact us at email@example.com for wiring instructions. Incoming students should notify the Office of Admission when money has been wired to cover housing deposits or tuition deposits.
- Can I receive financial aid after I enroll at TCU?
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.
- Can I work on campus?
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.
- Can international students study abroad?
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. For more information, go to studyabroad.tcu.edu.
- How do I apply for an F-1 student visa?
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.
- How is TCU ranked?
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).
- Is it competitive to be admitted to TCU?
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.
- Is on-campus housing available?
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.
- What are the core course requirements for a TCU degree?
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. For more information on the TCU Core Curriculum, go to http://www.core.tcu.edu.
- What are the facilities like at TCU?
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.
- What if my TOEFL score is below 550, 213 or 80?
Students who score below a 550, 213 or 80 may be offered conditional admission to TCU and begin their studies in our Intensive English Program. IEP students can live on campus and use all TCU facilities. Upper-level IEP students may be approved to enroll in one academic class while studying English. Learn more by clicking here.
- What kind of health records do I need?
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. For more information, visit http://healthcenter.tcu.edu.
- When is my first payment due, and is there a payment plan?
International students living outside the U.S. and participating in August orientation should pay a minimum of 40% of their total charges (tuition, fees, room, and board) 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, room, and board) 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.
Living on Campus
- How many students live on campus?
More than 3,000 students live on campus — about 48 percent of TCU’s undergraduate population.
- Is living on campus required?
Students under 21 who are in their first two academic years at TCU and do not live at home with their family are required to live on campus.
- What kind of sports are available?
Our Horned Frogs are fierce competitors, and lately they’ve been demonstrating that to assorted teams of bears, cowboys, cardinals, cougars (and don’t forget mustangs). As an NCAA Division-I school, TCU competes in nineteen sports.
Outside of TCU’s official athletics, you can set personal records as a part of intramural sports. More than half of the campus participates in everything from flag football to Frisbee golf to floor hockey. You can also enjoy the new University Recreation Center — just be careful on the climbing wall!
To learn more about TCU Athletics, click here.
To learn more about Campus Recreation and intramural sports, click here.
- What student organizations are available at TCU?
TCU offers around 200 ways to get involved outside of class. To see an exhaustive list of organizations, click here.
Scholarships and Aid
- What types of scholarships and financial aid are available?
TCU helps students and parents finance an education through merit-based awards, financial aid, and alternative payment plans. For more information, download our guide to financing a TCU education, or contact the Office of Scholarships and Student Financial Aid at (817) 257-7858, visit their website or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
- When will I hear about a financial aid award?
To ensure consideration for all forms of financial aid, please submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine eligibility for federal and state programs and the CSS Profile for aid funded by TCU. FAFSA opens on October 1 and uses the prior year’s tax information. Therefore, students who apply early decision should complete the Profile and, if admitted, will be sent an estimated financial aid package shortly after offers of admission are released.
- What is the process for the Chancellor’s Scholarship Award?
The Chancellor’s Scholarship is TCU’s most competitive merit award and includes full tuition for eight semesters. Students who are selected to compete for a Chancellor’s Scholarship will be invited to participate in an interview weekend, which usually takes place in February. For this reason, students who believe they may be eligible for the Chancellor’s Scholarship are highly encouraged to apply Early Action or shortly thereafter. While all applicants are considered for scholarship, those who apply after the Chancellor’s Scholarship selection process has ended will not be considered for this prestigious award.
- What is the difference between a transfer applicant and freshman applicant?
A transfer student is a person who has graduated from high school, enrolled in college courses, and obtained at least 12 credit hours of transferable coursework. Veterans are typically considered transfer applicants, as well. A freshman applicant has never enrolled in college after completing high school and is typically a senior in high school. Students who have only taken dual credit or AP courses to fulfill high school graduation requirements are not considered transfer students.
- Is it required that I meet with a Transfer Admission Counselor?
No. TCU does not require that you have an interview or meet with an Admission Counselor, but if you have questions, we recommend that you either call us or make an appointment to meet in person, or click here to register for one of our Friday Information Sessions. During the visit, we can answer questions about:
- How courses you’ve taken will fulfill the TCU core requirements.
- Your admissibility and what you can do in the future to gain admission to TCU.
- What classes to take in the future, based on your intended major.
- How to present yourself in the best possible light for admission and scholarships.
- How can I set up a meeting with a Transfer Counselor?
You can click here to register for a campus tour and transfer information session. For an individual meeting with one of our Transfer Admission Counselors, please call 817-257-7490. To facilitate this meeting, please try to bring transcripts or grade reports from every college you’ve attended.
- Do I apply as a Freshman or a Transfer Student?
TCU defines a Transfer student as someone who has graduated from high school and has enrolled in a long (fall or spring) semester. Taking summer classes during the summer between high school graduation and the start of the freshman fall semester in college does not change a student’s status from Freshman to Transfer. Also, classes taken for college credit in high school do not change a student’s freshman status. Students who take classes in high school for college credit are considered Freshmen with college hours. You can receive consideration of credit for these hours by sending an official college transcript to the TCU Office of Admission.
- I have enough college hours to be a sophomore. Why would I apply as a Freshman?
When a student applies for admission, they apply either as a Freshman or a Transfer student. (Please see the definition of a Transfer student above.) Freshman applicants who have more than 23 hours of transferable college credit will be classified as sophomores when they enroll.
- How do I calculate my GPA for admission?
TCU computes your GPA based on every class that is transferable to the university. Even though grades below a “C” will not transfer for credit, we will compute them into your GPA for admission consideration. In other words, if you take an English Composition class and earn a grade of “D,” it will not transfer to TCU for credit, but the grade will be considered in the admission decision. TCU does not replace grades, therefore if you have retaken a class, we will average both grades into the GPA. This policy is independent of any policy at the school where you are transferring the credit. Incomplete “I” grades will be converted to an “F.”
- What if I was denied admission as a Freshman?
If you were denied admission in the past year, we still have your application and will waive the essay, resume and application fee. You will need to complete the reactivation form. Please send in the completed and signed form and an official transcript of any college grades you have received one semester before you want to enroll.
If you were denied admission outside of the past year, you will need to reapply as a transfer student.
- What if I was denied admission as a Transfer Student?
Typically, the reason transfer students are denied admission is due to poor grades. For reconsideration, you must show marked improvement, with at least one full-time semester of strong academic coursework. If you were denied admission in the past year, we will still have your application on file and will waive the essay, resume and application fee. You will need to submit a reactivation form and submit the form one semester before you want to enroll.
- What if I took classes at a college, but withdrew. Do I still need to send a transcript?
Yes, we need official transcripts from all schools that you have attended, even if you did not complete the semester.
- Where do I send my official transcripts?
The TCU Office of Admission requires official transcripts from every college you’ve attended, even if you withdrew from all of your classes and do not have grades. Please contact each school and have them send us an official transcript in a sealed envelope to TCU Admission Box 297013, Ft. Worth, Texas 76129.
TCU accepts electronic transcripts from most schools. If your college uses The National Transcript Center to send transcripts electronically, they will not be accepted by TCU. If this is the case, it is important that you have your transcript mailed to us in a sealed envelope to TCU Admission, TCU Box 297013, Fort Worth, Texas 76129.
It can take up to two weeks for TCU Admission to receive and process your transcript, and post receipt to your account. Please log on to the portal at my.tcu.edu to check the status of receipt of your transcript. If your transcript is not posted from two weeks of being sent, please contact the Office of Admission at 817.257.7490. It may have been rejected if your college sent it through the National Transcript Center and we will request that you mail it.
- As a Transfer student, what will I need to complete my application?
Here is a list of what is required for transfer admission consideration:
- A completed application for admission, which includes your signature, felony statement, application fee and the transfer section.
- Official transcripts from every college you’ve attended.
- An official high school transcript, if you have less than 24 hours of completed coursework when you apply.
- An essay of 300 to 500 words. Essay questions are on the application.
- An activities or work resume.
- When will I know of my admission decision?
Once your application is complete, it typically takes about 2-4 weeks for an admission decision. If you apply near a transfer admission deadline, it may take a little longer.
- How do I qualify for a merit scholarship?
TCU welcomes transfer students and as a result awards many scholarships to its top transfer scholars. To be considered for a merit scholarship, you must have a minimum GPA of 3.25 and at least 27 hours of graded and transferable coursework by June 1st. We do not require a separate application for scholarship consideration, so if you apply for fall admission by April 15th, we will automatically consider you for all scholarships in which you are competitive. In other words, your application for admission is your application for scholarship.
- I’m not eligible for a merit scholarship. Are there other types of scholarships offered by TCU?
Yes. If you are an outstanding athlete, then you may be eligible for one of our athletic scholarships. Please contact the coach of the particular sport for more information. Also, TCU awards scholarships to outstanding performers in the fine arts. The Nordan Scholarship auditions are usually held in January preceding the fall semester and are awarded to the top students in Music , Theatre , Dance and Art . Please contact the department for specific dates and audition/portfolio requirements. TCU also offers merit scholarships for Army and Air Force ROTC students.
- Can I defer my admission decision?
No. Admission decisions are only for the term for which you applied, but you can fill out a reactivation form and we will consider you for a different term. If you completed coursework and received more grades since the last time you applied, we will also need an official transcript with the additional grades.
- What deposits are required to reserve my place at TCU?
If you are admitted to TCU, you will receive a packet of information including instructions on paying a non-refundable enrollment deposit. New freshmen must pay the enrollment deposit by May 1 to reserve their places in the incoming class. Freshman and sophomores are required to live on campus. You can make your enrollment deposit online here.
- What does TCU cost?
TCU is recognized every year by publications like U.S. News & World Report for offering an excellent bang for the buck. Tuition and fees are covered by a single, comprehensive price each semester. Our pricing allows you to explore a wide variety of courses and subjects without the barrier of added costs. It reflects the complete educational experience you’ll find at TCU.
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- What study abroad opportunities does TCU offer?
TCU offers study abroad opportunities in more than 30 countries. Programs range from three weeks to a full semester or year. Courses are offered in a number of academic disciplines, and destinations include Europe, South America, Asia, and Australia.
For more information, click here.
Admitted Transfer Students
- What is the tuition deposit and when do I need to pay it?
When you have decided that you are going to attend TCU, you will have the opportunity to pay a non-refundable enrollment deposit of $900. Payment of your deposit counts as a partial payment of tuition, saves your place in the class, and allows you to register for classes, orientation and Frog Camp. Your enrollment deposit can be paid with the coupon in your admission packet, online at my.tcu.edu, or by calling the TCU Office of Admission at 817-257-7490. Deposits can be made up to the first day of class. There is no deadline to deposit for transfer students.
- When can I register for classes?
Typically, fall applicants can register for classes in early June and most spring applicants can register in early December. First year students, who have recently graduated from high school and are in their second semester of college are required to attend orientation and will register at that time. The official registration dates and departmental phone numbers will be in your admission packet.
It is strongly recommended that you come for a personal advising session, but if that is not possible, you may be able to schedule an appointment over the phone. In the summer, professors may be on vacation or away, so please be flexible and patient. Advising will always be available during freshmen and transfer orientations. To find out when advising is scheduled, you can contact the Orientation department. Bring your transcript evaluation with you when you come in for advising.
- How do I register for classes?
Registration for classes is online. You can visit the Registrar’s FAQ page to learn how to enroll online.
- Can I enroll earlier than the registration date?
No. New students, both transfer and freshmen, must enroll after all TCU students have had the opportunity to register. Once you are a student at TCU, you will be assigned an enrollment appointment based on how many cumulative hours you have. The more hours you have earned, the earlier you can register for classes. All students enroll online.
- Who is my academic advisor?
Since professors may not be on campus for the summer, the first time you are advised, it may be with the Chair of the academic department in which you are majoring. Before you enroll for your next semester, you will be assigned your permanent advisor, who will work with you the rest of the time you are at TCU.
- When will I receive my scholarship and financial aid award?
Financial aid awards are sent in mid to late November for spring applicants and scholarship and financial aid awards are sent as early as mid-June for fall applicants. Since scholarships are used for recruiting, students who are admitted for and enroll at TCU are not eligible for future merit scholarships.
- When is Orientation? How do I find out more about it?
Transfer Orientations are usually held in June and August for the fall and the Thursday and Friday before the first day of the Spring semester.
- Is it required that I attend Orientation?
No, but it is highly recommended that you attend orientation. During Orientation, you will meet other students transferring to TCU, learn about the core, meet with an advisor, learn how to get involved on campus, set up your email and much more. You can either attend the one day transfer orientation or a two day freshmen orientation. Although you may have been to an orientation at your previous school, what you learned may not apply at TCU. Each school is different and it is best to learn about TCU at our Orientation. If you have questions or problems, please contact orientation at 817-257-7855.
- What is Frog Camp and should I go?
Frog Camp immerses you in TCU history and traditions, helps you establish new friendships, and guides you in acquiring the skills you need to be successful in college. A variety of activities like Challenge Course elements, Spirit Sessions, Frog Group discussions, and even campfires (complete with marshmallows for s’mores!) ensure that you will have the know-how and friendships to make the most of your college years.
Unlike Orientation, Frog Camp is an optional program offered to introduce students to college life and relationships. Because each camp has limited space, early registration will help you ensure that you get the camp you want.
- Do Transfer Students have to live in residence halls?
If students are transferring to TCU and have graduated from high school within the past two years, they are eligible for campus housing. Students must pay the $900 enrollment deposit and submit Bacterial Meningitis vaccination records to the TCU Health Center before June 1 in order to have access to the housing application. Once you are admitted, it is important to apply for housing as early as possible in order to reserve a space in a hall. We also have the GrandMarc apartments. These apartments are privately owned and operated and not considered on campus housing, but will satisfy the TCU residency requirement. If you have any questions or problems, please contact Residential Services at 817-257-7865.
- When do I send the official transcript of my final semester grades?
We require that you send us your final semester grades as soon as they are posted. If you wish to be considered for Fall scholarships, the official transcript must arrive before June 1st. Fall applicants cannot register for class without an official transcript with their spring grades. For Spring applicants, an official transcript with your final semester’s grades must arrive by the first day of class or you will be removed from your classes. Please contact the TCU Office of Admission if you have any questions.
- What if I am taking summer school classes? Can I send my transcript after those grades are posted?
Spring grades must be sent as soon as they are posted. If you are also taking summer classes, please send an additional transcript once those classes are complete and graded.
- Should I go through Fraternity/Sorority recruitment?
The answer to this question will be different for each person. (The Greek system is part of the total life of TCU.) Approximately 35 percent of full-time undergraduate students are members of social fraternities and sororities. TCU recognizes 20 national sororities and fraternities. Formal recruitment for most of the groups occurs early in the fall semester. Traditionally, about 10 percent of the individuals who participate in recruitment will be sophomore and junior students.
- What is the Statement of Good Disciplinary Standing?
All admitted transfer students must complete and submit the Statement of Good Disciplinary Standing before they may enroll in lasses at TCU. The form may be downloaded from here.
Military Transfer Students
- Are military veterans considered transfer students for the admission application process?
Yes, military veterans are considered transfer students for the admission process due to their military transcript.
- Will my high school performance and ACT/SAT be considered?
All high school coursework and ACT/SAT test scores will be considered in the admissions process for transfer applicants with less than least 24 credit hours of transferable college course work. Vocational or technical classes will not transfer to TCU.
- Does TCU participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program to cover the cost of tuition for Post 9/11 GI Bill full benefits eligible students?
TCU participates in the Yellow Ribbon program and covers the cost of tuition for military veterans with 100% benefits eligibility on the Post 9/11 GI Bill. Awards are limited and based on a first-come, first-served basis. Please contact Financial Aid for more information.
- Who will assist me with obtaining my GI Bill benefits from the VA?
TCU’s Veterans Affairs Officer can assist admitted students with obtaining their military educational benefits. For more information, including the Registrar’s Office Veterans Affairs contact information, click here.
- Will my military credit transfer?
Four hours PE elective credit will be awarded to military veterans for their basic training from the DD214.
- Where can I learn more about the GI Bill?
Visit the VA’s GI Bill homepage at gibill.va.gov.
- Does TCU offer any counseling or therapy programs for military veterans?
All students have access to the TCU Counseling, Testing and Mental Health Center. The counseling center offers TCU students individual counseling, psychiatric counseling and referral services.