The TCU Experience: What’s it Really Like?

It’s where you’ll only feel crowded at sporting events. It’s having professors who know your name and care about your future. It’s cheering for the Frogs just steps from where you learn and live. It’s connecting with others and finding your place in the world.
Becoming part of the Horned Frog family is your time to dig deeper, live broader and see further. It’s hard work. It’s new beginnings. And it’s seriously fun.

A TCU education inspires the spirit. We don’t just pass the torch of knowledge. We light it. With a 13:1 student-to-faculty ratio, our teachers not only know your name, but your learning style. They’re scholars themselves, doing research to ensure the latest knowledge informs you and your classroom. The Teacher-Scholar Model embraced by our faculty provides a balance of teaching, learning and service.

Residential Life
The experience of living on campus is more than convenient—it’s a valuable way to take part in everything TCU has to offer. Finding yourself in your new home is sure to foster lifelong friendships and personal growth. That’s why we require our first-year students outside the Fort Worth area to live on campus. Each of our unique residence halls has been freshly updated in recent years, so they all offer comfortable, welcoming surroundings from which to start your future. More than a place to live, they’re alive with caring staff and planned activities.

Extracurricular Life
You’ll never be bored here—TCU is known for connection. The Princeton Review ranks TCU #3 in Quality of Life for our students. There’s so much to do here to make your college experience unforgettable, thanks to great co-curricular programs put on by The Crew in the residence halls, and weekends presented by The End. TCU students are regularly entertained by nationally known bands and comedians; practically every “Saturday Night Live” cast member has come to campus at one time or another.

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Freshman Deadline Information

  • November 1 - Early Action
  • November 1 - Early Decision
  • November 1 - Spring Admission
  • January 15 - The Enrollment Deposit is due for students who were admitted under the Early Decision Deadline.
  • February 1 - Regular Decision
  • May 1 - National Candidate Reply Date

Application Requirements

  • Application
  • $50 Application Fee
  • Official High School Transcript
  • Essay
  • Counselor Recommendation
  • Teacher Recommendation
  • English Proficiency (International Applicants Only)
  • Official College Transcripts
  • Early Decision Agreement (Early Decision Applicants Only)
  • Optional Application Materials: SAT/ACT Scores, Freedom of Expression Page, JVR Honors College App

Financial Aid
Our Office of Scholarships and Student Financial Aid can lower the cost of education by helping you apply for grants, work-study and
educational loans. TCU also offers scholarships based on athletics
and fine arts. For a complete list of eligibility-based financial aid, please visit

TCU’s filing date for BOTH CSS Profile and FAFSA is February 1 of the year you wish to enter TCU. Students who intend to apply for Financial Aid must complete and submit the CSS Profile and FAFSA at and

TCU’s school code for CSS Profile is 6820.
TCU’s school code for FAFSA is 003636.

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  • 65% of students receive institutional grants and scholarships
  • 77% of students receive financial aid
  • 81% of TCU undergrads land an internship
  • 246 companies participated in the 2018-19 Career and Intern Expo on the TCU campus
  • 4 out of 5 are employed or in grad school within three months of their TCU graduation