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Transfer Requirements

Special consideration will be given to admission of students with special talents whose application profiles diverge from the general population of students admitted and enrolled, including, but not limited to, artists, athletes, dancers, musicians, poets, and others who demonstrate exceptional ability or potential in their chosen academic, athletic or other area of interest. Special Talent admission decisions will be made by committees or admission officers empowered by the Chancellor.

Students admitted to the university will receive, with their letter of admission, a transcript evaluation sheet listing all transferable courses. A course listed as “transferable” on the transcript evaluation is not necessarily applicable or acceptable under certain degree programs.


Residency Requirement

A total of 58 semester hours in residence must be successfully completed to earn a TCU degree, regardless of number of credit hours transferred. Upon reaching 54 college hours, students must declare a major field of study. Only 66 hours from another accredited institution may be credited toward the TCU degree. No more than 8 semester hours of physical education activity courses may be applied toward graduation requirements.


Academic Requirements

Admission to TCU as a transfer student is based upon evidence of ability to succeed in college-level work. The applicant’s total record will be assessed, taking into account the following:

  1. the cumulative grade point average
  2. quality of curriculum
  3. the number of hours and GPA in core subjects
  4. the high school record and test results (if possessing fewer than 24 transferable semester hours at the time of application)
  5. extracurricular activities, achievements and honors
  6. essay

The applicant must be in good academic standing and be eligible to return to all previous institutions. Official transcripts must be submitted from each college attended whether the work was satisfactory, unsatisfactory, or interrupted. Failure to disclose any part of a previous academic record is a serious violation of trust and will subject a student to dismissal and forfeiture of credit earned while in attendance at TCU.

Evidence of acceptable academic standing at a regionally accredited college or university and appropriate academic credentials are required. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 is necessary for consideration although a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher on transferable academic coursework is generally required for admission. Every application will be reviewed on an individual basis. In most cases, greater emphasis is placed on academic work completed in recent semesters than on work completed in the more distant past.

Academic Fresh Start is provided for undergraduate students who have demonstrated better than average academic performance in recent college coursework. Only applicants who have completed academic course work ten or more years prior to their current application may be considered for Academic Fresh Start. Students electing to use the Academic Fresh Start policy may request forfeiture of all credits earned prior to ten years from the date of their currently requested admission to TCU. Students must submit transcripts from all colleges attended and the Academic Fresh Start form for consideration.

Grades on all attempted transferable courses except physical education activity courses (including repeated courses and those in which grades of F, D or I) will be used in calculating the grade point average to determine the applicant’s qualification for admission. Once admitted, a student’s transfer grades will not be entered on the student’s permanent record at TCU.

Courses that do not transfer to TCU include the following:

  1. courses in which a grade lower than C was earned
  2. courses considered to be developmental (e.g., orientation, time management, library skills) or remedial (e.g., those in English, math and reading)
  3. Vocational-Technical courses


International Transfer Requirements

  • English Proficiency as demonstrated by one of the following  – For those whose native language is not English. Required scores: 80 TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or 6.5 IELTS (International English Language Testing System). The TOEFL/IELTS may be waived for applicants with strong SAT or ACT scores or for those who have completed at least 24 hours of transferable academic credit (including English composition) from a college in the U.S.
  • TCU Financial Statement completed by the applicant and the applicant’s sponsor and accompanied by a letter from the sponsor’s bank and employer.
  • Optional interview - If you aren't able to visit TCU in person, please contact We'd love to schedule a video chat with you!


Separate academic requirements exist for:

Transferring from a 2-year college If you have taken biology and chemistry, you’ll need a 3.5 GPA in introductory chemistry and biology courses, and a cumulative GPA of 3.7. If you have not taken biology and chemistry, you’ll need a cumulative 3.8 GPA.

Transferring from a 4-year college If you have taken biology and chemistry, you’ll need a 3.2 GPA in introductory chemistry and biology courses, and a cumulative GPA of 3.5. If you have not taken biology and chemistry, you’ll need a cumulative 3.7 GPA.

Requires a minimum 3.5 GPA in chemistry courses from a 2-year college and a minimum 3.2 GPA in chemistry courses from a 4-year college.

It is recommended to transfer in the spring or summer to begin the Early Childhood – 6 major in the fall semester. All other education programs may begin at any semester, and 12 hours are required to be completed at TCU before students officially begin the education program.

Transferring from a 2-year  or 4-year college A minimum GPA of 2.75 is required

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Most strategic communication graduates begin work in advertising or public relations agencies, corporations, governmental agencies, nonprofit groups, health care groups, sports teams, and consulting firms. Others enter a variety of graduate school programs.

Admission to Strategic Communication is competitive. To be accepted to TCU as a Strategic Communication major, students must have:

  • Admission from a Community College – A minimum GPA of 3.25 is required for admission consideration.
  • Admission from a University – A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required for admission consideration.

For more information about the major or admission into the degree program, please contact the Department of Strategic Communication.