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Colleges / Texas Christian University

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, TX 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate54%
Acceptance Rate54%

About TCU

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 the school currently enrolls around 11,938 students per year, which includes 10,222 undergrad students. TCU provides on-campus housing for up to 4,394 students. Most students live in off campus housing, and 75% of students spend their weekends on campus.

📆 Mark your calendar! February 1, 2023 is the final deadline to submit an application for the Fall 2023 semester. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2023 should receive admissions decisions by April 1.

There are many ways for students to get involved at TCU!

Interested in music or performing? At TCU you can join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of the school'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.

Interested in Greek life? 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.

2022 TCU Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 54%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 53%
Early Action Acceptance Rate 71%
Applicants Submitting ACT scores 71%
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 17%
Tuition $53,890
Percent of Need Met 69.4%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $36,515

Is TCU a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions difficulty, admitted student statistics, tuition, and financial aid can give you a sense of how competitive a university is.

Let's take a closer look at these areas to get a clearer view of what TCU offers and if the college might be the right college for you.

2022 Acceptance Rate for Texas Christian University

TCU is very difficult to get into. Around 54% of applicants get into TCU each year. Out of 19,782 applications received in 2022, 10,606 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at TCU

Retention refers to 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% return for their sophomore year. Around 83% of students who started at TCU earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outlook TCU Graduates

Job placement stats are a good resource for understanding the value of a degree from TCU by providing a look on how job placement has gone for other grads. Within six months of graduating, 93% of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

Recent TCU grads have an average starting salary of $61,946 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 $2 billion in 2022, compared to a national average of $905 million. The school spends $18,714 for each full-time student enrolled.

Tuition and Financial Aid at TCU

Tuition 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 69.4% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $36,515 a year.

Students in the class of 2022 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $47,424 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can. 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 someone else! 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, in the suburbs of Dallas-Fort Worth.

If you would like 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

Texas Christian University is a member of the Coalition for College.

More than an application, the Coalition provides free tools and resources to help students through the college admissions process, beginning as early as 9th grade.

Learn More

TCU ACT Scores


ACT Range

26 - 31

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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TCU SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1140 - 1345


Math SAT Range

560 - 680


Reading SAT Range

570 - 670

TCU Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at TCU is like? There are approximately 11,938 students enrolled at TCU, including 10,222 undergraduate students and 1,716 graduate students. 98% percent of students attend school full-time, 49% percent are from TX and 51% percent of students are from other states.


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