The Ivy Scholars guide to TCU’s culture, admissions, and other essential information for prospective students and their families.
Texas Christian University is a private religiously-affiliated school. While TCU is affiliated with the DIsciples of Christ, they do not require students to take classes on the faith or involve themselves with sectarian activities. More than 20 different religions are represented by student groups on campus. With a strong athletic and academic tradition, school spirit at TCU is high.
US News Rankings:
Average Applicant Pool: 19,700
Average Number of Applicants Accepted: 8,100
Average Number Enrolled: 2,000
Application Systems: Common App, Apply Texas
SAT Scores: 25th% – 1150, 75th% – 1340
ACT Scores : 25th% – 25, 75th% – 31
*Test mandatory. Writing sections optional.
TCU does consider demonstrated interest.
Recommendation Letter Policies:
One counsellor recommendation and one letter from a teacher are required.
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Motto: Learning is Power
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TCU’s Housing System:
The school has several residence halls set aside for Freshmen, who are required to live on campus, as are sophomores. Upperclassmen can choose between traditional and apartment style housing. Many students also live in Greek sponsored housing. There are several living learning communities, for students who want to explore a particular academic or social topic with peers.
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Grants are awarded based on the student’s demonstrated need, and may vary by year. Some grants have other eligibility requirements. All grants require students to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Many aid packages also include work-study, to help students cover incidental and personal expenses while on campus. Loans are used by many students to cover any gaps in funding.
TCU offers merit based scholarships for academic achievement, artistic talent, and athletic prowess. There is no guarantee of scholarship money, due to limited funds, so students are recommended to apply early.