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Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, Texas

With 8,800 students from across the country and around the world, TCU offers many benefits of large universities: rigorous academic programs, over 100 undergraduate majors, excellent high-tech facilities, professors who are leaders in their fields, and Division I athletics with a tradition of winning. Grounded in the liberal arts, TCU can help individuals realize their creative potential, yet also assure graduates are well prepared for professional careers.

Student Profile

Fall 2014 Enrollment
8,647 undergraduate students
96% of undergrad students are full time
40% male — 60% female
51% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2014-2015 Academic Year
615 full-time faculty
255 part-time faculty
13 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Moderately residential: 60% of students live on-campus.

School Location

Fort Worth, Texas—35 miles from Dallas.

Retention Fall 2014

90% of students began in Fall 2013 and returned in Fall 2014 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate 2014

75% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 5%
Hispanic/Latino 11%
Black or African American 5%
White 74%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%
Asian 3%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 0%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 1%


NCAA Division I-A, Mountain West Conference. 18 varsity sports (8 men’s: baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field; 10 women’s: basketball, cross-country, equestrian, golf, rifle, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field, volleyball). 50% of students participate in intramural sports.

Other Information

Texas Christian University is a four-year, independent university affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) founded in 1873.

Academic Programs

Accounting, Aerospace Studies*, Anthropology, Art Administration*, Art Education, Art History, Asian Studies, Astronomy, Athletic Training, Biochemistry, Biology, British & Colonial/Post-Colonial Studies*, Broadcast Journalism, Business Information Systems, Chemistry, Child Development, Classical Studies*, Communication Studies, Computer Information Technology, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Dance, Early Childhood Education, Economics, Education of Exceptional Children, Energy Technology and Management*, Engineering, English, Entrepreneurial Management, Environmental Earth Resources, Environmental Science, Fashion Merchandising, Film-TV-Digital Media, Finance, Finance with Real Estate, French*, Geography, Geology, German*, Global Strategic Communication, Graphic Design, Habilitation of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Health and Fitness, History, Interdisciplinary Healthy Aging*, Interior Design, International Communication – News Specialization, International Economics, Italian*, Japanese*, Latina/o Studies, Lighting for Visual Presentation*, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Middle School Education, Military Science*, Modern Languages & Literatures, Movement Science, Music, Music Education, Neuroscience, News-Editorial Journalism, Nursing, Nutritional Sciences, Philosophy, Physical Education, Physics, Political Science, Pre-Health Professions*, Pre-Law*, Pre-Major (Undecided), Psychology, Psychosocial Kinesiology, Ranch Management, Religion, Secondary Education, Social Work, Sociology, Spanish, Speech-Language Pathology, Strategic Communications – Ad/PR, Studio Art, Supply & Value Chain Management, Theatre, Urban Studies*, Women’s Studies*, Writing.

*-Program offered as minor or track (not offered as a major)

More Distinctions

  • U.S. News & World Report ranks the Neeley School of Business in the Best Undergraduate Business Programs.

  • 100% of students from the College of Education are hired upon graduation.

Engaged Students

Being educated means more than cramming your head with facts. How about getting a jump-start on your career by researching with your professor, or studying abroad in over 30 countries?…

From Frog Camp to Freshman Seminars

  • TCU students benefit from many of the features found at large universities. They choose from over one hundred undergraduate areas of study and participate in innovative programs such as entrepreneurship and nurse anesthesia. TCU professors are leaders in their fields, and academic programs are rigorous. International education is valued, and students have numerous opportunities to study abroad.
  • TCU annually exceeds enrollment goals, and its $1.1 billion endowment is among the top in the United States. Students flock to TCU because of the experiences offered, starting in the first year. Summer Frog Camp provides new students with a head start on acquiring the skills they need to be successful in college. Frog Camp introduces new students to their classmates, to university history and traditions, and to the concept of ethical leadership and citizenship. First-year students have the additional opportunity to take freshman seminars, taught by TCU’s professors, and designed to help students develop a sense of belonging and the skills and self-confidence needed for academic success.
  • As a major teaching and research university, TCU receives research funding from more than seventy-five agencies.The Institute of Behavioral Research is one of the oldest and most respected evidence-based addiction treatment research institutes in the world.
  • The College of Fine Arts provides hands-on learning for its students through public performances and festivals. The biennial Latin American Music Festival draws world-renowned artists, musicians, and composers to the Metroplex, while the TCU choirs have performed at Carnegie Hall four of the past five years. The ballet and modern dance department regularly offers students opportunities to perform internationally. The theatre department often collaborates on productions with professional theaters in Fort Worth, and the art history program offers study at internationally recognized museums such as the Kimbell Art Museum, the Amon Carter Museum, and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.

Great Teaching

TCU is home to seven colleges and schools that all work together to educate you. Whichever one (or two or three) of over 100 majors you choose, you will have the opportunity to sample a wide range of disciplines through our extensive core curriculum…

Learn from the Pros


  • With a teacher-scholar model that results in close mentoring relationships, the university also offers many of the advantages of smaller liberal arts colleges. In the last decade, TCU has invested  over $500 million in top-of-the-line facilities and in upgrading residence halls, classrooms, and laboratories. Recent facilities include the Campus Commons, the residential heart of the campus with the University Union at the helm, four new, state-of-the-art dormitories, and a new academic building that houses the Honors College, all surrounding a green space amphitheatre where students mix and mingle. High-tech classrooms and wired and wireless networking throughout campus provide easy, secure access to information technology resources.
  • TCU is made up of seven colleges and schools. The AddRan College of Liberal Arts is home to  departments such as philosophy, languages, political science, criminal justice, religion, literature, and history. Internship opportunities abound for AddRan students, and include the Washington Internship program, and numerous local internship programs. The University offers more than thirty opportunities for study abroad through both semester and summer programs.
  • The Neeley School of Business is consistently ranked by BusinessWeek in the top 40 business schools and offers accredited undergraduate and graduate programs in business and entrepreneurship. The Educational Investment Fund provides experience in investments and portfolio management. More than one hundred universities have attempted to replicate this program.
  • The College of Communication is home to the Schieffer School of Journalism, named for distinguished broadcast journalist Bob Schieffer, class of ’59. TCU, one of only eighteen private universities accredited by the Accrediting Council for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, is recognized for award-winning student publications, the TCU Daily Skiff, and Image magazine. The department of communication studies has two faculty members ranked in the top one hundred of all-time active and prolific scholars in the field, one of whom is ranked in the top ten.
  • The Harris College of Nursing and Health Sciences offers degrees in speech language pathology and habilitation of the deaf, along with nursing, social work, and kinesiology. The nursing program offers an accelerated track to students with degrees in other fields, allowing them to complete the BSN degree in only fifteen months. Social work students gain intensive practical experience in agencies such as child protective services and senior centers.
  • The College of Science and Engineering has a yearlong senior interdisciplinary design project for engineering majors. Student teams develop solutions for projects supplied by such organizations as Alcon Laboratories, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, Bell Helicopter Textron, and the U.S. Army. Students in the prehealth professions program enjoy an acceptance rate to professional schools that is about twice the national average.

Vibrant Communities

Who needs sleep? With 200 clubs and organizations to choose from, you’ll find plenty of other things to do with your time at TCU…

It’s not all Academic


  • With more than 200 student organizations, you can find the group that’s just for you—from the High Adventure Club to the Young Republicans and TCU Democrats. The action only stops when you stop to sleep in one of our 19 unique, state-of-the-art residence halls.
  • Want more choices? How about an award-winning student newspaper, magazine, and radio station? A spirited marching band. Orchestral and choral groups that perform at Carnegie Hall and around the world. Or check out Fort Worth, where you can ride a bull at the stockyards or tour the museum district with its world-class art and science museums.
  • Play ball! In addition to the Cowboys, Mavericks, Rangers and Stars, the TCU Horned Frogs can really draw a crowd –no wonder considering the quality of our Division I-A programs and our fantastic facilities, like the 46,000 seat Amon G. Carter Football stadium, our Lupton Baseball Stadium, or the Friedman Tennis Center, considered among the finest in the country.
  • For individual fitness and fun, there’s the 202,000 square-foot University Recreation Center. It features five basketball courts, a climbing wall, a half-dozen racquetball courts, a four-lane 1/8-mile elevated running track, pool and game tables, video arcade, outdoor pool and patio and a floor full of the latest in cardio-fitness equipment. It’s also home to two TCU athletic teams: the Horned Frog Swimming & Diving teams enjoy a two-pool Olympic-sized indoor natatorium, while the volleyball team uses an NCAA regulation court with spectator seating.

    Women’s Varsity Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Equestrian, Golf, Rifle, Soccer, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball

    Men’s Varsity Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field

Successful Outcomes

TCU grads have an advantage, thanks to our great internships, serious career preparation, and outstanding research opportunities. Whether you chose grad school or the workforce, you’ll find TCU grads achieve more…

Frogs are Family

At TCU, you’re part of a family—a family that wants to help you succeed. The Careers Services Center does more than host job fairs, help you with graduate school applications and put your resume online (although they’ll do that too). It’s serious help for students and includes:

  • “Major in Success” which explores those activities that students should be pursuing while still in school to insure success after graduation.
  • Resume Writing Workshops give you an overview of the content and formats of effective resumes.
  • Job Interview Workshops includes advice on how to prepare for an interview and what to expect when you enter that interview room.
  • Junior Jumpstart is a one-day, professional-style conference that gives juniors who are applying for internships or graduate school the opportunity to learn about successful search strategies and techniques.  The conference is also invaluable for those students who want to get a jumpstart on preparing for their job search.
  • Senior Conference is a two-day, professional-style meeting for Seniors to assist you in making the transition from being a successful student to being an outstanding new employee or graduate student.
  • And it doesn’t end when you graduate. Not only can you continue to count on Career Services, you can count on your fellow Frogs to help you out. You’ll run into alumni around the world –leaders in companies, cities, even countries. They’ll treat you especially well because of your TCU bond, which is a big plus when it comes to finding internships, applying to graduate schools, or meeting a mentor in your future career. With 75,000 members and 19 alumni chapters nationwide, you can find a Frog wherever you go.

    Alumni Organizations: TCU Alumni Organization, Black Alumni Alliance, The Lettermen’s Association, Quing Club, TCU Ex-Bandsmen Association, TCU Student Foundation, International Student Association Alumni




17,029 Total Applicants
8,322 Total Admissions
1,891 Total Freshmen Enrollment

48.87% of applicants admitted


  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 530 630
SAT Math 550 650
SAT Writing 540 650
ACT Composite 24 30
ACT Math 24 29
ACT English 25 32
ACT Writing    


TCU welcomes applications for admission from students who excel in the classroom and beyond.

What are TCU’s entrance requirements? 

  • 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


TCU accepts either the SAT or ACT standardized test scores. We do not set minimum SAT or ACT scores for consideration for admission. 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.

Want to apply? TCU makes it easy with an online application, available from its website. Or you can do it the old-fashioned way with pen and paper by downloading the form from its website.



Net Price Calculator



Tuition $38,510
Fees $90
Total $38,600
Room and Board (on campus) $11,380
Room Only $6,900
Board Only $4,480
Estimated Total On Campus $49,980


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

76% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving any financial aid
29% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving student loan aid

$19,465 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid received
$12,707 Average amount of student loan aid received by full-time first-time undergraduates

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