2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

First Year Experience Programs

The First Year Experience at TCU believes that every student comes to TCU with high potential. Who they meet, what they do and how they think determines what they become. The First Year Experience office connects students with the people, programs and resources they need to be successful at TCU and beyond. First Year Experience signature programs are Orientation, Frog Camp, Frogs First and Connections.

  • Orientation is designed to assist new students and families with the transition to University life by providing essential information and helping students meet new and continuing students, faculty and staff. While at Orientation, students meet with an academic adviser and register for the first semester of classes.
  • Frog Camp is a three-to eight-day experiential retreat that immerses new students in TCU history and traditions, helps them establish new friendships and guides them to acquiring the skills they need to be successful in college. Along with upper-division students and members of the faculty or staff, Frog Campers find out what it means to be Horned Frogs. Along the way, they forge lasting bonds and friendships.
  • Frogs First is a four-day event prior to the start of classes and serves as the official on-campus welcome for new students. Kicking off with Chancellor’s Assembly, Frogs First is comprised of Common Reading, Need 2 Know, and a student activities fair where students can learn more about the 200+ clubs and organizations on campus. Students will also have the opportunity to have dinner with a faculty/staff member over the weekend. New Horned Frogs are led through the weekend by Frogs First leaders. Frogs First welcomes students to their new home.
  • Connections is a joint First Year Experience and Leadership Center program in the fall designed to help new students transition successfully to college life while beginning to understand their leadership style.