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School Overview

Texas Christian University (TCU) is a private, coeducational institution located in Fort Worth, Texas that is affiliated with (but not governed by) the Disciples of Christ. TCU is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. They have an unusual mascot nicknamed Super Frog – the “horned frog,” which is actually based on the Texas horned lizard that is commonly referred to as a horned frog.

The school was founded in 1873 and today is classified as a Tier 1 University by U.S. News and World Report and a Doctoral/Research University by the Carnegie Foundation. The Carnegie Commission also lists TCU’s undergraduate profile with its highest ranking–”More Selective.”

The university has a multitude of programs to offer including 118 undergraduate programs, 56 master’s programs, and another 21 doctoral programs. Roughly 25% of the undergraduates at TCU major in Business. Another popular major is Journalism/Strategic Communications for which 20% of the undergraduates major. Other popular majors include Education and Nursing; many students choose more than one field to have as their major.

Even though the university is a Doctoral/Research University, the institution’s liberal arts roots remain an important part of the institution. All the undergraduate students must show competence in fine arts, math, science, the humanities, and the social sciences. Particular emphasis is placed on critical thinking, communication skills, and coherent writing.

General Information

Admission Office
TCU Box 297013
Fort Worth, TX 76129
(817) 257-7490
(800) 828-3764
Fax: (817) 257-7268

Contact: Raymond Brown
Dean of Admissions
Main Address
2800 South University Drive
Fort Worth, TX 76129
(817) 257-7000


Total undergrads: 7,471
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 1,630
Degree-seeking undergrads: 7,369
Graduate enrollment: 1,225

Suburban setting
Very large city (over 500,000)
Residential campus

Degrees offered:


Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $40

Online application fee: $40
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 50%

Percent students who return for sophomore year: 86%

Admissions Considerations
Secondary school GPA: Required
Secondary school rank: Required
Secondary school record: Required
Recommendations: Required
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT): Required
College-prep program completed: Recommended
TOEFL: Required

Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2011
Number of Applicants: 19,170
Percent Admitted: 38%
Percented Admitted Who Enrolled: 26%

Test Scores: Fall 2011

SAT Critical Reading

  • 520 (25th Percentile)
  • 630 (75th Percentile)

SAT Math

  • 540 (25th Percentile)
  • 650 (75th Percentile)

SAT Writing

  • 540 (25th Percentile)
  • 640 (75th Percentile)

ACT Composite

  • 24 (25th Percentile)
  • 29 (75th Percentile)

Enrollment Statistics

Undergraduate Attendance Status

Undergraduate Student Gender

Undergraduate Student Age

Undergraduate Student Residence

Graduate Attendance Status

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Retention and Graduation Rates

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees

6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees

6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $24,868 $26,948 $28,298 $30,090 +6.33%
Books and Supplies $850 $880 $1,000 $1,000 0.00%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $8,200 $9,600 $9,810 $10,010 +2.04%
Other $3,210 $1,920 $1,920 $1,950 +1.56%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Other $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $37,128 $39,348 $41,028 $43,050 +4.93%
In-state Off Campus $25,718 $27,828 $29,298 $31,090 +6.12%
In-state with Family $25,718 $27,828 $29,298 $31,090 +6.12%
Average Graduate School Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $18,720
In-state Student Fees $90
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $18,720
Out-of-state Student Fees $90

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 1,248 77%
Grant or scholarship aid 1,115 69% $16,488,338 $14,788
• Federal grants 177 11% $936,898 $5,293
• Pell grants 171 11% $585,358 $3,423
• Other federal grants 155 10% $351,540 $2,268
Local and state government scholarships or grantss 304 19% $1,075,528 $3,538
Institutional scholarships or grants 1,101 68% $14,475,912 $13,148
Student loan financial aid 551 34% $5,695,687 $10,337
• Federal student loans 531 33% $3,101,281 $5,840
• Other student loans 184 11% $2,594,406 $14,100

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Grand Total of All Programs 1716 419 54 25
Agriculture, General 2 19
Farm/Farm and Ranch Management 2 19
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 75 9
Biochemistry 6
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 57 9
Neuroscience 12
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 422 154
Accounting 60 39
Actuarial Science 1
Business Administration and Management, General 115
Fashion Merchandising 50
Finance, General 100
International Business/Trade/Commerce 2
International Finance 5
International Marketing 5
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management 23
Management Science 62
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 66
Real Estate 48
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 322 11
Broadcast Journalism 19
International and Intercultural Communication 6
Journalism 14 1
Organizational Communication, General 106
Photojournalism 2
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication 112 5
Radio and Television 51
Radio, Television, and Digital Communication, Other 1
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 11 5
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 25
Computer and Information Sciences, General 4
Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst 19
Information Science/Studies 1
Information Technology 1
Education 107 74 8
Art Teacher Education 3
Bilingual and Multilingual Education 2
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 16
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 51 1
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Hearing Impairments Including Deafness 1
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 29 7
Elementary Education and Teaching 7
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 11
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching 4
Mathematics Teacher Education 5 4
Music Teacher Education 16 3
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 4
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education 6 1
Secondary Education and Teaching 3
Social and Philosophical Foundations Of Education 2
Social Studies Teacher Education 8
Special Education and Teaching, General 5
Engineering 34
Engineering, General 34
English Language and Literature/Letters 37 2 5
Creative Writing 10
English Language and Literature, General 27 2 5
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 10
French Language and Literature 2
Spanish Language and Literature 8
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General 204 70 22 3
Athletic Training/Trainer 6
Clinical Nurse Specialist 3 1
Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition Services, Other 2
Dietetics/Dietitian 9
Movement Therapy and Movement Education 23
Nurse Anesthetist 52
Nursing Education 3 2
Nursing Practice 22
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 145
Speech-language Pathology/Pathologist 19 12
History 27 2 3
History, General 27 2 3
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 33
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 33
Human Services, General 27
Social Work 27
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 34 30
General Studies 34
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 30
Mathematics and Statistics 14
Mathematics, General 14
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General 6
Nutrition Sciences 6
Natural Resources and Conservation 6 14
Environmental Science 5 7
Natural Resources Management and Policy 1 7
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 14 6
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General 11
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 6
Sports Studies 3
Physical Sciences 14 3 12
Astronomy and Astrophysics, Other 1
Chemistry, General 4 7
Geology/Earth Science, General 7 3
Physics, General 2 5
Psychology 80 5 4
Psychology, General 80 5 4
Social Sciences 115
Anthropology 5
Economics, General 25
Geography 6
International Economics 8
International Relations and Affairs 11
Political Science and Government, General 47
Sociology 13
Visual and Performing Arts 108 39 3
Acting 9
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 9 4
Ballet 4
Conducting 4
Dance, General 8
Directing and Theatrical Production 3
Drama and Dramatics/Theater Arts, General 8
Fine/Studio Arts, General 5
Graphic Design 13
Interior Design 15
Keyboard Instruments 3 11 3
Music Performance, General 3 6
Music Theory and Composition 1 2
Music, General 7
Musical Theater 4
Musicology and Ethnomusicology 1
Painting 5
Photography 5
Sculpture 2
Stringed Instruments 1 4
Technical Theater/Theater Design and Technology 3
Voice and Opera 5 2
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Agriculture & Related Sciences

Farm/Ranch Management C

Arts, Visual & Performing

Acting B
Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Ballet B
Ceramics B
Dance B
Directing/Theatrical Production B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Film Studies B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Graphic Design B
Interior Design B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B
Music – Piano/Organ B,C
Music Theory/Composition B
Painting B
Photography B
Printmaking B
Sculpture B
Theater Design/Stagecraft B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biochemistry B
Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business Administration/Management B
E-Commerce B
Fashion Merchandising B
Finance/Banking B
International Business B
International Finance B
International Marketing B
Management Science B
Marketing Management B
Real Estate B

Communications & Journalism

Advertising B
Broadcast Journalism B
Communications/Rhetoric B
Journalism B
Radio/Television B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer/Information Sciences – General B
Information Technology B


Art Teacher Education B
Early Childhood Education B
Education of Deaf/Hearing Impaired B
English Teacher Education B
Mathematics Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
Science Teacher Education B
Secondary Education B
Social Studies Teacher Education B


Engineering – General B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B
Writing B

Foreign Language & Literature

French B
German B
Japanese B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Athletic Training/Sports Medicine B
Medical Dietetics B
Movement Therapy/Education B
Nursing (RN) B
Speech-Language Pathology B


History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

General Studies B
Liberal Arts & Sciences B


Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Neuroscience B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Science B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Health/Physical Fitness B

Personal & Culinary Services

Food Service B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Geology B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Social Work B

Security & Protective Services

Criminal Justice Studies B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Economics B
Geography B
International Economics B
International Relations B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Theological Studies & Religious Vocations

Religious/Sacred Music B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Texas Christian University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (817) 257-7000
Website: www.tcu.edu/
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online: admissions.tcu.edu/apply/
Address: 2800 S University Dr, Fort Worth, TX 76129
Setting: City: Large
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 11,024
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 83%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 13 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 10,718 (97% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $49,250
Out-of-state Tuition: $49,250
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 83%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $27,906

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Texas Christian University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Texas Christian University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences 11
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 1
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 311
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 124
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 103
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 3
Education 11125
Engineering 1
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 1
English Language and Literature/Letters 312
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 3
Health Professions and Related Programs 11761
History 111
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 111
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 11
Mathematics and Statistics 111
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 2
Natural Resources and Conservation 12
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 21
Philosophy and Religious Studies 2
Physical Sciences 534
Psychology 221
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 21
Social Sciences 7
Theology and Religious Vocations 1
Visual and Performing Arts 323105
Grand total 171065021

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Texas Christian University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $49,250
Out-of-state $49,250
Books and supplies $900

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $30,828
Out-of-state $30,828

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 1,824 83%
Grant or scholarship aid 1,661 76% $27,906
Student loan aid 650 30% $12,663

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 6,733 71% $25,946
Federal student loans 2,711 29% $6,733

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Texas Christian University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Texas Christian University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 19,001 7,732 11,269
Percent admitted 100% 44% 49%
Percent admitted who enrolled 11% 11% 12%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Texas Christian University Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 11,024
Undergraduate enrollment 9,474
Graduate enrollment 1,550

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Texas Christian University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Dietetics (DIET) - Coordinated Program in Dietetics
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
    • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
  • Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
    • Nurse Anesthesia (ANEST) - Institutions and programs at the master's degree, post master's certificate or doctoral degree levels
  • Liaison Committee on Medical Education
    • Medicine (MED) - Programs leading to the M.D. degree
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
    • Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Dance, Commission on Accreditation
    • Dance (DANCE) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs

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