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Waitlist Decision

Frequently Asked Questions

Being placed on a college’s waitlist puts you in a state of limbo. You have waited several months to learn of an admission decision and now we have asked you to wait a bit longer. Like many students, you may wonder what happens next. We hope the information that follows answers some of the questions you may have.


As you know, May 1 is National Candidate Reply Date. In recent years, most students admitted from TCU’s waitlist have been notified in the final two weeks of April.

The number of students admitted varies from year to year based on the response we get from students who have already been offered admission. Throughout recent years we have admitted as few as 2 and as many as 436 students from the waitlist.

No. Every year TCU seeks to enroll a cross-section of our global society. The waitlist is used to fill gaps that may exist in meeting that goal. What is needed in one year may very well differ the next year.

First and foremost, you must accept your spot on the waitlist by completing the form on the MyTCU Portal. New academic (grades and/or test scores) information may be sent to Additional letters of recommendation and counselor advocacy are not necessary and will not impact our decision.

We always welcome students to visit campus, but do not formally interview students.

Yes. Because we use the waitlist to fill needs, we will only offer you admission if space in your major is available.

Not likely. By the time we offer admission to students from the waitlist we have exhausted our pool of academic scholarship dollars.

Yes. Remember that to maximize financial aid opportunities you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE. Our Office of Financial Aid will create the best financial aid package possible once you have been admitted.

Students admitted from the waitlist will be notified of their commitment deposit deadline on the admission decision letter and on the portal.