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Texas Christian Admissions Information

Texas Christian University
Fort Worth, TX (map)


Located in Fort Worth, a city lauded for its ‘Old West’ feel, Texas Christian University combines an academic environment and a hometown with lots of personality. On the academic end, the school is the largest in the nation to be associated with the Disciples of Christ Church, and has a partnership with the Brite Divinity School, which is a seminary. However, the school mixes secular and religious materials, and is quick to note that students of all faiths are accepted to the university and by its students. Noted as a top national university by U.S. News and World Report, TCU is praised as being within the top 5% of schools for the Advancement of Teaching as a Doctoral/Research university. Texas Christian is certainly on the rise: within three years, the school’s acceptance rate dropped from 53% to 31% in 2011.

Aside from academia, Texas Christian is a welcoming campus for active students. In addition to the nearly 20 religious student organizations, the school offers upwards of 200 secular clubs. Greek life is lively at the university, and nearly 40% of students choose to join a house. At the time of a football game, one will find Carter Stadium packed with fans cheering on the TCU Horned Frogs (especially when competing against their rivals, the SMU Mustangs). Students are notably active in volunteer endeavors; many travel to Mexico on an annual spring break service trip. On the weekends, students flock to downtown Fort Worth, where one might enjoy a casual bull ride at Billy Bob’s, the self-proclaimed “world’s largest honky tonk.”



Basic Info

Main Address: 2800 South University Drive
Fort Worth, TX 76129
Phone Number: (817) 257-7000  
Website: www.tcu.edu  


Type of school: Private, Coed  
Type of school: Christian Church (Disciples Of Christ)  
Setting: Urban, very large city; Residential campus  
Athletics: NCAA Division I, Intramural, Intercollegiate, Club, Scholarship  
Degrees offered: Certificate, Diploma, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral  
Size of undergraduate student body: 7,853  
Percent out-of-state: 25%  
Percent international: 4.92%  
Female to Male ratio: 59:41  

Academic Life

Student to Professor ratio: 13:1  
Most popular majors: Business/Marketing
Health Professions
Social Sciences
Visual and Performing Arts
Special study programs: Accelerated Program
Distance Learning
Double Major
Dual Enrollment of High School Students
Honors Program
Independent Study
Liberal Arts/Career Combination
New York Semester
ROTC, Air Force
ROTC, Army
Semester At Sea
Study Abroad
Teacher Certification
Visiting/Exchange Student Program
Washington Semester

Campus Life

Housing options:
Coed Housing
Apartments For Married Students
Fraternity/Sorority Housing
Women's Housing
Apartments For Single Students
Campus Ministries
Concert Band
International Students
Literary Magazine
Music Ensembles
Radio Station
Student Government
Television Station
Choral Groups
Jazz Band
Model U.N.
Musical Theater
Pep Band
Student Newspaper

Fun Facts

  • Ranked #19, Best Athletic Facilities
  • Chris Klein, the actor from the American Pie movies, graduated from TCU
  • TCU is the only school in the world with the Horned Frog as a mascot
  • Reverend Lovejoy of The Simpsons earned his degree at Texas Christian University

Admissions Information

Admissions at Texas Christian have become increasingly difficult over time: in recent years, the admittance rate has fallen from 51% to 37% of prospective students. This drop certainly makes TCU a more selective university accepting more academically and extracurricularly involved students. As the competition continues to grow at TCU, it is important that applicants take note of the factors that admission officials note to be especially important.

Primarily, selecting officials at Texas Christian look to factors including an applicant's character, application essay, class rank, GPA, standardized test scores, and recommendations. Still important, though to a lesser degree, are considerations such as the applicant's extracurricular activities, geographical residence, ethnicity, and religious affiliation. Thus, an applicant must assert him or herself as a viable and strong candidate in the eyes of TCU.

Admissions address: TCU Box 297013
Fort Worth, TX 76129
Phone number: (817) 257-7490  
Fax number: (817) 257-7268  
Admissions Website: http://www.admissions.tcu.edu/  
Email: frogmail@tcu.edu  
Contact Person: Raymond Brown, Dean of Admissions  
Number of first-year applications received: 14,085  
Percent of applicants admitted: 37%  

Application Information

Regular application deadline: February 15  
Early decision/action deadline: November 1 (Early Action)  
Accepts the Common Application? Yes  
Admission requirements: Standardized Test Scores
1 Academic Teacher Evaluation
School Report
Mid Year Report
Final Report

Application Information

Standardized test scores required? SAT or ACT (writing recommended)  
Policy regarding SAT score-use: Considers the highest section scores across all test dates  
Middle 50% Scores



% Who Submitted Scores
SAT Critical Reading
SAT Math
SAT Writing
ACT Composite

College Board code: 6820  
ACT code: 4206  
Learn more about other Top Texas schools:
Southern Methodist University   Baylor   Rice   University of Texas  

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