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About TCU

TCU Early Decision Results Release Date 2021

TCU is expected to release their EA decisions on Thursday, December 16th at 5 pm CST. Share results and connect with other early applicants in the TCU Community discussion.

Good luck to all early applicants!

Texas Christian University Overview

Texas Christian University is a private, religious school in a suburban setting in Fort Worth, Texas. TCU was founded in 1873 and now enrolls around 11,024 students a year, including 9,474 undergrads. TCU provides housing for up to 4,938 students. The majority of students live on campus, and first year-students are required to live in campus housing. On the weekends, about 75% of students stay on-campus and participate in campus events and social life.

There are many ways for students to get involved at TCU! Love music or performing? Join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of TCU's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? TCU students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Thinking of pledging? TCU has fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? TCU has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at TCU on the Student Life page.

Learn more about life at TCU on the Student Life page.

Mark your calendar! February 1, 2022 is the final deadline to submit an application for Fall. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2022 should receive admissions decisions by April 1.

2021 TCU Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 47%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 51%
Early Action Acceptance Rate 62%
Applicants Submitting ACT scores 62%
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 41%
Tuition $51,570

Is TCU a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are. There are a few statistics that can give you a good idea of how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its students.

Let's take a closer look at each of these factors to get a better idea of what TCU offers and if it sounds like a good choice for you.

2021 Acceptance Rate for Texas Christian University

It is very difficult to get into TCU. Around 47% of applicants get into TCU each year. Out of 19,028 applications received in 2021, 8,966 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at TCU

Retention is the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at TCU, around 91% come back the next year. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes for TCU Grads

Job placement statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. Within six months of graduating, 81% of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

Recent TCU grads have an average starting salary of $52,369 a year. The average starting salary for all 2021 graduates was around $60,000 a year, though these numbers vary widely by major.

TCU's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students. TCU's endowment was valued at $1.6 billion in 2021, compared to a national average of $905 million. The school spends $18,142 for each full-time student enrolled.

Tuition and Financial Aid at TCU

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need. TCU meets 69% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $35,134 a year.

Graduates in the class of 2021 had an average of $49,287 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA asap. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at TCU. Based on this information, how does TCU sound? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for another! So ask yourself: Is TCU a good school for you?

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Where is TCU?

TCU is located in the suburban setting of Fort Worth, Texas, less than an hour from Dallas-Fort Worth.

If you want to see TCU for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 30 to Fort Worth, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Dallas-Fort Worth International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what TCU and Fort Worth are like without leaving home.

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College Info

2800 South University Drive Fort Worth, TX 76129-0002

Campus Setting: Suburban

TCU Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Feb 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Jun 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to TCU is Feb 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to TCU is Jun 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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TCU ACT Scores


ACT Range

25 - 31

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Composite SAT Range

1150 - 1340


Math SAT Range

570 - 680


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580 - 670

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Wondering what life at TCU is like? There are approximately 11,024 students enrolled at TCU, including 9,474 undergraduate students and 1,550 graduate students. 97% percent of students attend school full-time, 54% percent are from TX and 46% percent of students are from other states.


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