2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog


Transfer Students

A transfer student is defined as one who has been out of high school for at least one full semester and has attempted college or university work for credit.

Students planning to transfer from another college or university should submit the following for admission consideration:

  • Completed application form;
  • Official transcripts from each college attended;
  • $50 application fee; and
  • Secondary school transcript and SAT or ACT scores if, at the time of application, fewer than 24 semester hours of transferable work have been completed.

Admission to TCU as a transfer student is based upon evidence of ability to succeed in college-level work. The applicant's total record will be assessed, taking into account the following:

  • Cumulative GPA;
  • Quality of curriculum;
  • Number of hours and GPA in core subjects;
  • High school record and test results (if possessing fewer than 24 transferable semester hours at the time of application);
  • Extracurricular activities, achievements and honors; and
  • Essay.

The applicant must be in good academic standing and be eligible to return to all previous institutions. Official transcripts must be submitted from each college attended whether the work was satisfactory, unsatisfactory or interrupted. Failure to disclose any part of a previous academic record is a serious violation of trust and will subject a student to dismissal and forfeiture of credit earned while in attendance at TCU.

Evidence of acceptable academic standing at an accredited college or university and appropriate academic credentials are required. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 is necessary for consideration although a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher is generally required for admission. Every application will be reviewed on an individual basis. In most cases, greater emphasis is placed on academic work completed in recent semesters than on work completed in the more distant past.

Grades on all attempted transferable courses except physical education activity courses (including repeated courses and those in which grades of “F,” “D” or “I” were received) will be used in calculating the GPA to determine the applicant's qualification for admission. Once admitted, a student's transfer grades will not be entered on the student's permanent record at TCU.

Academic Fresh Start is provided for undergraduate students who have demonstrated better than average academic performance in recent college coursework. Only applicants who have completed academic course work ten or more years prior to their current application may be considered for Academic Fresh Start. Students electing to use the Academic Fresh Start policy may request forfeiture of all credits earned prior to ten years from the date of their currently requested admission to TCU. Students must submit transcripts from all colleges attended and the Academic Fresh Start form for consideration.

Special consideration will be given to admission of students with special talents whose application profiles diverge from the general population of students admitted and enrolled, including artists, athletes, musicians, poets, as well as others who demonstrate exceptional ability in their chosen academic, athletic or other area of interest. Special Talent admission decisions will be made by a committee empowered by the Chancellor.

Students admitted to the University will receive, with their letter of admission, a transcript evaluation sheet listing all transferable courses. A course listed as "transferable" on the transcript evaluation is not necessarily applicable or acceptable under certain degree programs.

  • Courses that do not transfer to TCU include the following:
  • Courses in which a grade lower than “C” was earned;
  • Courses considered to be developmental (e.g., orientation, time management, library skills) or remedial (e.g., those in English, math and reading); and
  • Vocational-Technical courses.

No more than 66 hours from a community college may be credited toward a bachelor's degree, and no course transferred from a community college may be used to satisfy the TCU advanced-hour requirement. No more than eight semester hours of physical education activity courses may be applied toward graduation requirements.

Note: Students transferring to TCU must present a record of all transfer work for evaluation to the Office of Admission for approval by the appropriate academic dean prior to their enrollment in the University. Transfer coursework not presented prior to enrollment may not be counted toward a degree.

After enrolling at TCU:

  • All students must receive prior written approval of the academic dean of their major if they wish to take courses at another institution and have those courses count toward a degree at TCU. Coursework taken without prior written approval may not be applied to a degree.
  • No more than 12 total semester hours, except those earned in an approved study abroad program, may be transferred from other schools.
  • No credit may be transferred from a community college once 54 cumulative semester hours have been earned.

Some programs have certain requirements that must be met to enroll in upper-division courses. Transfer applicants who plan to study business, nursing, pre-health, strategic communication, or education should refer to those special requirements set forth in the appropriate programmatic sections of this catalog.