So, you’re thinking about applying to Texas Christian University (better known to most as "TCU"), and you’re curious about your chances of admission. Well, we’re here to help! Of course, there are a lot of factors in the admissions process, and it’s impossible to accurately predict whether you’ll be admitted or not. However, the most important factors in the admissions game are your GPA and test scores. So, using those as a measure, we can give you an estimate of your chances.
With an acceptance rate of 38%, admission to TCU is very competitive. Based on our analysis, to have a good chance of being admitted, you need to be at the very top of your class and have an SAT score of close to 1300, or an ACT score of around 27.
Not quite there? Try taking our SAT prep course and you'll still have a chance of getting in, but it’s in the single digits. Let’s take a closer look at TCU admission statistics.
TCU Admissions Statistics
TCU’s acceptance rate in 2017 was 38%. For students applying to the class of 2021, out of 19,972 applicants, TCU admitted about 7,506. The average GPA of admitted applicants was 3.58, the average ACT score was 27, and the average SAT score was 1260.
For students who took the ACT, the 25th percentile score of successful applicants was 25, and the 75th percentile score was 30.
For students who took the SAT, the 25th percentile score was 1160. The 75th percentile score was 1360.
If you’re somewhere in the middle of these numbers, remember that a high test score can compensate for a slightly lower GPA, and vice versa. If you’re at the lower end, it helps if you’re a diverse applicant, the child of an alum, or have incredible personal achievements. Still, at the 25th percentile, your chances of getting in are in the low single digits.
Other aspects of your application, such as athletics, extracurricular and recommendations, are important, but will likely only make a difference for admission if you’re in the 75th percentile range for your GPA and SAT/ACT scores.
As we said, admission to TCU is very competitive. Even if TCU is your dream school, and even if you’re in the 75th percentile, you’ll still want to make sure you apply to a wide variety of schools to ensure you’ll gain admission somewhere.
Generally, you should have at least three safety schools (where you are in the 75th percentile of GPA/test scores), three reach schools (where you are in the 25th percentile of GPA/test scores) and three target schools (where you are near the average for GPA/test scores) on your list.
OK, so you’ve decided to apply. We took a look at TCU’s admissions requirements to help you get everything in order.
TCU Application Requirements
To apply to TCU, you’ll need to fill out the TCU Online Application, submit an ACT or SAT score, pay the $50 application fee, submit your high school transcript, submit an essay (prompts provided), submit an activities resume, submit a counselor recommendation, and submit a teacher recommendation. Everything should be submitted by November 1st for Early Action, and February 1st for Regular Decision.
Here’s a full list of application requirements:
- Fill out the TCU Online Application
- Submit an ACT score or SAT score
- Pay the $50 application fee
- Submit your high school transcript
- Submit an essay (prompts provided)
- Submit an activities resume
- Submit a counselor recommendation
- Submit a teacher recommendation
The application deadline is November 1st for Early Action and February 1st for Regular Decision. May 1 is the reply date for admitted students.
Have you been admitted to TCU? Congratulations! Below is a glimpse of what your classmates will be like.
TCU Admitted Students Profile
If you matriculate at TCU, you’ll be joining a diverse class, with students from all over the U.S. and the world, and have a chance to study in dozens of fields.
Here are some interesting facts about the student population:
- Roughly 40% are male and 60% are female
- 4.7% of students are international
TCU has a diverse class, as well, with a large number of people of color. The ethnicities of admitted applicants are:
- International: 4.7%
- Underrepresented minority: 1.9%
- Two or more races: 0.3%
- White: 75.5%
What do these admitted students plan to study? TCU offers dozens of majors, and students matriculating there pursue a wide number of subjects. Here is a list of some of the top programs:
- Social Sciences
- Visual and Performing Arts
Now, how are you going to pay for this?
TCU Tuition Figures
At $60,704, TCU’s cost of attendance is astronomical. But, don’t panic! Most incoming students receive some form of financial aid, and the average award is $26,467.
Here’s a fuller look at TCU tuition and financial aid in 2017:
- Total budget: $60,704
- Average financial aid package: $26,467
- The average student debt of a TCU graduate is $36,550
Now, what is life like at TCU? Let’s take a look.
TCU's main campus is located in Fort Worth, Texas, about three miles outside of the downtown area.
Much of the campus' architectural style is based in Art Deco, which reflects much of Fort Worth's older buildings as well.
Remember, you’re going to TCU for its excellent academics! Below is a look at what academic life will be like.
TCU has dozens of majors. Some of the school’s more interesting majors are:
- Actuarial Science
- Bilingual and Multilingual Education
- Ceramic Arts and Ceramics
- Directing and Theatrical Production
- Environmental Science
- Farm and Ranch Management
- Graphic Design
- Information Technology
- Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management
- Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication
- Sports Studies
Now, let’s take a look at life outside the classroom at TCU.
Student Life at TCU
TCU has hundreds of student organizations, covering academic interests, creative and performing arts, cultural and racial initiatives, gender and sexuality affinity groups, government and politics interests, and various media and publications.
Here’s a sampling of TCU’s student activities:
- Brothers Of a Successful Standard
- Calling in Action, Inc.
- Design Focus
- Ensemble en Francais
- Fishing Club
- Graduate Queer Union of Thoughtful Academics
- Her Campus TCU
- Ignite Ministry
- License to Trill
- Meals on Wheels Student Association
- Net Impact
- NaturallyMi Natural Hair Organization
- Paid To Dream
- Relay for Life Club
- Senseless Acts of Comedy
Are you an athlete? TCU’s got plenty of options for you.
TCU offers a large number of intercollegiate sports, with extensive varsity, as well as club, offerings, for both men and women. So, if you’re not up to varsity level, remember there are plenty of club and intramural sports to try out for, too.
TCU’s sports include:
- Swimming & Diving
- Track & Field
Who might you become with a TCU degree? Let’s take a look at some well-known and successful alums:
TCU has produced politicians, business tycoons, entertainers, musicians, media figures, and leaders in dozens of other fields.
Here’s a list of some particularly well-known alums:
- Journalist Bob Schieffer
- 1-800-Flowers founder John Davis
- NBA coach Scott Brooks
- Actor Chris Klein
- TV show creator Rob Thomas
- Author Sandra Brown
- Texas state senator Wendy Davis
- NFL quarterback Andy Dalton
And this is only a partial list!
Getting into TCU is very competitive. Don’t despair if you get a no. If you have a strong GPA and high test scores, you have a great chance of getting into at least one of the more competitive schools. And if you don’t, remember: where you go is NOT who you are. If you work hard, you’ll end up at a school that’s right for you, and still get a great education.
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