Location: Fort Worth, Texas
Number of students: 8,647 undergraduate
Percentage of women on campus: 60%
Tuition: $53,480 (Fall 2015)
Most popular majors: Business, Communication, Nursing
Greek life: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 47%
For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores, visit TCU’s website at http://www.tcu.edu/admission.asp.
Why Choose TCU?
“I chose TCU for the location, size, school spirit, and academic programs. As a prospective student I really liked how personalized TCU made the application process. TCU makes the application process fun with the optional “Freedom of Expression” portion of the application. I made an admissions video, but a lot of people submit artwork, photos, or fun things about themselves to the admissions office to show TCU who they are as a person in addition to their grades and test scores.”
“The second I stepped on TCU’s campus I knew it was the place for me. I could feel the happiness and excitement here- I knew I wanted to be a part of that.”
“I chose TCU for its smaller student body size. I knew I wouldn’t be lost on campus, could genuinely matter, and that professors would know me.”
“I was interested in TCU for its location, size, academic reputation, the city of Fort Worth, and the sports teams!”
“I applied to eleven schools, but what drew me to TCU was the location. I wanted something that felt like a college campus but had the amenities of a city. I also liked the friendly atmosphere and the fact that my tour of TCU was the only tour where people genuinely smiled and welcomed me. I was attracted to the smaller class sizes because I wanted to know my professors personally and I knew the academic reputation of TCU would set me up for future success.”
“It sounds cliché, but my favorite part has been the people. I’ve made so many genuine friends here who share similar beliefs as me that I know will be my friends for life. Everyone is so friendly at TCU. You walk around and instantly run into two to three people you know because our campus is small. It builds a sense of comfort and closeness, which I love.”
“It’s a really pretty campus that’s also small. Any walk to class is about ten minutes maximum, which is really nice.”
“I love the Rec Center and the football stadium! The Rec is always clean and the group classes offered are an added benefit.”
“My favorite building on campus is the newly built Rees Jones Hall. It’s the perfect place to study and meet with groups. The walls are made of whiteboard material so I love writing on them to prepare for tests.”
“Christmastime at TCU is the best. There’s a tree lighting ceremony, with reindeer, hot chocolate, and other fun things. Special things like this shows you TCU truly cares about their students and their happiness.”
“The Texas heat in August is a shock for out-of-staters, but by September things start to cool down and the weather is really enjoyable.”
“Gender ratio needs improvement!”
“There’s not many things I can think of that need improvement! TCU strives to make their students comfortable in their environment, so they are always renovating or building new places for students to hang-out, study, and eat.”
"Constant construction on campus is annyoing.”
"The food needs improvment at times, but TCU is always trying to improve the quality and variety of food offered."
New Collegiette on Campus
“Being a freshman at TCU is awesome. First-year programs, like Frog Camp and Orientation, really strive to get students adjusted and excited for their first year of college. These programs helped me meet friends and took away a lot of the anxieties I had about not meeting people, registering for classes, and getting lost.”
“It’s really easy to meet new people at TCU. Upperclassmen are very friendly and inclusive. Friends tend to stick with each other, but everyone is always open to meeting new people, grabbing dinner, or working on group projects without being cliquey.”
“As a first year student you can choose to go to Frog Camp, which is a great way to ease into the college experience. TCU gets you amped up to be coming here in the fall and makes you feel valued and excited.”
“Freshman year at TCU is all about trying new things. I constantly meet new people from all over the US- everyone is open to making new friends!”
“I highly encourage going to Frog Camp! I personally didn’t have the time to go, but it didn’t hinder my first year experience. The campus atmosphere is very welcoming and everyone wants to make friends. There’s never a shortage of people to meet or opportunities to take advantage during your first year, so make the most of it!"
All About Academics
“The academic workload varies per major and semester, but in general, TCU students always have homework and studying to do. Classes require a lot of reading, something that’s different from high school, and group projects are normal. Everyone for the most part takes academics very seriously and you always see people studying- during the week and on the weekends.”
“One of the most popular majors here would be Business, because TCU has such a great business school. Nursing is another really popular major.”
“The workload varies from class-to-class. Sometimes it’s very labor intensive with several projects and other times there is heavy reading, so it really varies.”
“TCU is very rigorous academically. Students take their studies seriously, but also know how to have fun. Each major is different, but the professors and other students are willing to help.”
“Every major is challenging but the workload varies from semester to semester. With good organization and time management, the academics are very doable.”
Learn from the Best
“All of my classes have been under 30 students, with the exception of larger lecture hall classes. My professors know my name and genuinely care about students’ success. Office hours are super important and are a great way to ask for help if you’re scared to talk during class.”
“I go to office hours if I’m struggling in a class. Professors are caring and want to help.”
“I am pre-med, so a lot of my beginner level classes were large lectures. Office hours are a great way to get one-on-one time with a professor for further explanation of a topic.”
“Even the largest lecture hall at TCU is smaller than most universities, so there is still a personal feel. I am a Biology major, so it’s nice knowing that professors are willing to meet with students, whether that means during office hours or another scheduled time. I’ve even had professors meet me for coffee!”
“Classes are different because professors aren’t there to hold your hand anymore! If you go to their office hours they are very willing to help you and you might understand something better than you did in class.”
Interests & Involvement
“If you aren’t involved in three or more organizations, you’re probably not a TCU student. Students are super involved and love to stay busy. There are so many clubs and organizations constantly being publicized around campus- there is always something new going on. If you don’t find a group that’s a perfect fit for you, you can start your own organization through a fairly easy application process!”
“Most of the student body is very involved, with Greek Life especially. There are fliers posted around campus advertising organizations and you can always find new groups on OrgSync (a student organization website)."
“At the beginning of each semester there is a Student Organizations Fair, which gives students an opportunity to learn about all of the clubs on campus.”
“There’s never a shortage of organizations to join! If you can’t find something that fits for you, you can always start your own club.”
“I was surprised when I came to college because I didn’t think people would be that involved, but everyone I know is involved with something. A lot of people are involved with Frog Camp, Student Foundation, SGA, and Greek Life.”
“Fall semester is all about football. Football games are super popular and most students attend. Most girls wear sundresses and cowboy boots to games which is a fun, southern aspect of going to school in Texas.”
“A lot of people go to sporting events, especially football. Big 12 Champs!”
“Give up any hope of getting homework done during weekends in the fall because Saturdays are game days!”
“Go Frogs! Football is by far the most popular, but many students also enjoy baseball and basketball.”
“Sports are a big deal at TCU. A lot of people are also involved in intramurals and they can get pretty competitive.”
“Girls dress pretty casually, usually Nike shorts and T-shirts. There’s no pressure to get dressed up for class, but you certainly can if you want to. Since TCU is around 60% females, meeting guys is sometimes hard, but overtime you meet them!”
“Girls don’t like the gender ratio. Girls are casual for class, while guys usually dress nicer. You never see guys in sweatpants.”
“Since there are so many girls at TCU, it’s never hard to find a shopping buddy or someone to eat ice cream and chat with.”
“I think girls are more annoyed about the ratio when it comes to the social aspect of it. Girls are always not dressed as nicely as guys.”
"There are a lot of girls- you're going to find friends! It can be a superficial and competitive culture among girls at times with the heavy Greek influence."
Food & Drink
“TCU’s food is pretty good and there’s always lots of options.”
“On campus, there are two main dining halls, coffee shops, and a Chick-fil-A. Within walking distance of campus are great restaurants that take Frog Bucks (optional off-campus dining dollars), so you always have the option to eat-out if you’re tired of the dining hall food.”
“My favorite places to eat on campus are Chick-fil-A and the second dining hall that just opened. This dining hall is more restaurant-style, so I can use my Campus Cash to buy meals instead of going through the buffet lines at the regular dining hall.”
“Mostly freshmen and sophomores eat at the dining hall, and it’s not great, but you can find unique items to eat.”
"You get tired of the dining hall after a few weeks, but Chick-fil-A is always there as an unhealthy option!"
“TCU definitely has a party scene that I wasn’t aware of when I first applied. I don’t party and can reassure you there are tons of things to do on the weekends! You can explore Fort Worth, go out to dinner with friends, go shopping, or have a movie night. TCU puts on events every weekend too, like free comedy shows and concerts, that offer fun alternatives if you aren’t a big partier or want to have a casual night.”
“There are definitely parties, but they are all off campus. However, there are many alternatives to parties. TCU always has some sort of event going on that you can get free tickets to, such as a comedian performance or a concert.”
“People are open to meeting new people and are friendly to each other, but tend to stick with their core friend groups, which is just natural.”
“You can find other things besides partying on the weekends and people are very open to you hanging out with them. You’re always welcome to hang out and join new groups."
"Generally, there is usually something going on every weekend. But, you never feel obligated to go-out if you don't want to."
“The dorms themselves are very nice- most have been renovated within the past ten years. Closets are big too! You can request a roommate or select a random assignment. All of the freshmen dorms are centrally located and have a nice sense of community.”
“Dorms are actually really nice, especially the Honors dorm where I live! There are community style bathrooms and nice facilities.”
“Dorms are nice to live in because they are very centrally located on campus. I really don’t mind living in the dorms.”
"The dorms are a lot nicer than other schools, but community bathrooms are never fun!"
Exploring Fort Worth
“Fort Worth is awesome- the perfect mix of country and city.”
“Downtown Fort Worth, about 10 minutes from TCU, has nice restaurants and museums, while the Stockyards feel very Texan with BBQ, line dancing halls, and more cowboy boot stores that you can count. Closer to campus, there is the West 7th area that has a movie theater, shopping, restaurants, and great ice cream places that are popular among students. While some restaurants and shops are right next to campus, you need a car to get most places.”
"There's a ton of food and West 7th is always a fun place to hang out and walk around. There isn't necessarily a lot of activites to do, but you can always find a cool restaurant."
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