If you are applying to TCU, the deadline for Fall 2023 admissions is February 1 and the application fee costs $50.
Students who apply to TCU for the fall semester should anticipate a decision by April 1.
The following is an overiew of some of TCU's admissions stats.
|TCU 2022||Admissions Statistics|
|Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class||40.2%|
|Admissions Test Policy||Test Optional|
|Applicants Who Submit SATs||17%|
|Applicants Who Submit ACTs||22%|
These are the application deadlines for Texas Christian University.
|Application Type||Offered||Application Deadline||Notification Deadline|
|Early Decision I||Yes||November 1||December 1|
|Early Decision II||Yes||February 1||March 15|
|Early Action||Yes||November 1||December 15|
|Regular Decision||Yes||February 1||April 1|
TCU offers early decision and also offers early action. Early decision is binding, which means you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.
🗓️ Early Decision I applications are due by November 1 EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 1.
🗓️ Early Decision II applications are due February 1. ED II Applicants will recieve their decision before March 15.
🗓️ The Early Action deadline is November 1. TCU will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 15.
The early decision acceptance rate at TCU is 53%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 54%.
TCU accepts about 71% of early action applicants and 54% all applicants for all deadlines. Last year, TCU admitted 407 of the 773 students who applied early decision. Last year, TCU admitted 7,719 of the 1,919 who applied early action.
Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances of acceptance. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase the chance of being admitted, since it is a way to show your interest in a school.
➡️ Find a list of some competetive colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.
It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.
In 2022, TCU waitlisted 1,745 students and 733 accepted a place on the waitlist. Of those, 78 eventually received an admissions offer.
Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are given the most weight in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the areas where you stand out.
What does TCU consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.
|Academic GPA||Very Important|
|Rigor of Secondary School Record||Very Important|
|Standardized Test Scores||Important|
|Level of Applicant's Interest||Considered|
Make sure to check with TCU for more information on admission factors.
To apply to TCU, all applicants must submit the following items. Make sure to check in with TCU's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.
|Area||Required||Recommended||Required for Some||Details (If Any)|
|Written Essay or Personal Statement|
|Transcript(S) of College Record|
|Transcript of High School Record|
|Standardized Test Scores|
|Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)|
TCU has not provided an information about GPAs of accepted students. Any questions regarding applicant expectations should be addressed directly with the school.
Out of all students that were admitted, 34.1% submitted a class rank. At TCU 40.2% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 73.8% were in the top 25% and 93.9% were in the top 50%.
At Texas Christian University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.
|GPA||Percent of Students|
|3.75 and 3.99||––|
|3.50 and 3.74||––|
|3.25 and 3.49||––|
|3.00 and 3.24||––|
|2.50 and 2.9||––|
|2.00 and 2.49||––|
This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.
Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to TCU directly.
Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.
An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.
TCU looks at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.
TCU is a test optional school. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.
In 2022, 17% of TCU's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 22% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.
To be competitive with other TCU applicants, you should strive to score between 1140 and 1345 (or higher!) on the SAT. At TCU 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1345 and 25% of scored lower than 1140, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.
On the SAT Math Section, 25% of TCU students scored 680 or higher and 75% of students scored 570 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of TCU students scored 670 or higher, and 75% scored a 570 or higher.
To be most competitive at TCU, you should strive to earn between 26 and 31 on the ACT.
An ACT score of 31 means you fall in the 75th percentile for TCU's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 31, and three out of four students scored lower than 31 on the ACT.
A 26 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for TCU students. Only one out of every four students scored below 26.
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For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to TCU.
For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is June 1. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.
Transfer students can enroll in TCU during the following terms:
• Fall Term
• Spring Term
• Summer Term
Can I defer my acceptance to TCU?
✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to TCU.
Does TCU accept transfer credits?
✅ TCU accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. TCU accepts:
• CLEP subject tests
Does TCU accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?
✅ TCU accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.
Do I have to submit test scores to TCU?
❌ No, TCU is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you should strongly consider submitting them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.
What is TCU's acceptance rate?
✅ TCU has an acceptance rate of 54%.
What is the early decision acceptance rate at TCU?
✅ TCU's early decision acceptance rate was 53% in 2021.
What is the early action acceptance rate at TCU?
✅ The early action acceptance rate at TCU was 71% in 2021.
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How hard is it to get into TCU? TCU is a very selective institution. The TCU acceptance rate is 54%. This means that the institution accepts 53 out of every 100 applicants.
First-Year Applications are Due
Transfer Applications are Due
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
31 and Above
26 to 31
26 and Less
Composite SAT Range
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