2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog


Freshman Students

TCU invites applications from qualified high school students who have graduated or expect to graduate from an accredited secondary school. The student should request information about TCU early in the high school career.

Students applying from secondary schools should complete and return application forms following their junior year in high school. Applicants are considered for admission after the Office of Admission receives:

  • Completed application form
  • Official secondary school transcript
  • SAT or ACT scores
  • $50 application fee
  • Essay and résumé of activities
  • Secondary school counselor's evaluation of applicant
  • Evaluation from one teacher in a core academic subject

It is the student’s responsibility to complete the application procedure. Students accepted to the University prior to high school graduation are admitted on a tentative basis, pending completion of their senior year with academic performance consistent with that upon which the admission decision was based. Verification of graduation is required.

Any college-level coursework attempted after admission but before matriculation must be reviewed by the Office of Admission prior to enrollment and may nullify the offer of admission.

Admitted students must submit a nonrefundable enrollment deposit by May 1 (National Candidate Reply Date) to secure a place in the fall class.

Several factors are considered when selecting candidates for admission, including:

High school record. Students are expected to have completed upon graduation a minimum of four units of English, three units of mathematics (including two units of algebra and one of geometry), three units of science (including one laboratory science), three units of social studies, two units of foreign language and two units of academic electives. The quality and quantity of coursework taken, grades earned and subsequent rank in the high school class are important in assessing a candidate’s probability for success at TCU.

Admission tests. Candidates must present results of the SAT or the ACT. Arrangements to take one of these tests should be made through the student’s secondary school. In addition, prospective performance music majors must audition either in person or by recording. Prospective ballet, modern dance and theatre majors must also audition.

Essay, teacher evaluation and counselor evaluation. The student’s essay is a significant part of the application, as are the high school counselor and teacher evaluations. If the candidate has been out of high school more than three years, the counselor evaluation requirement is waived.

Extracurricular participation. Meaningful activities outside class, including employment, community/volunteer work and leadership experiences.

College courses taken while in high school. Emphasis is on the quality of coursework completed and the grades earned. Official college transcripts must be presented to determine transferability of credit.

Special talents. Special consideration will be given to students whose application profiles diverge from the general population of students admitted and enrolled, including, but not limited to, artists, athletes, dancers, musicians, poets and others who demonstrate exceptional ability or potential in their chosen academic, athletic or other area of interest. Special talent admission decisions will be made by committees or admission officers empowered by the chancellor.