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Texas Christian University

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

TCU Admissions

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.

TCU Admissions Stats at a Glance

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%
Waitlist Yes

Texas Christian University Application Deadlines

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

Want to Apply Early to TCU?

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.

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision I applications are due by November 1 EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 1.

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision II applications are due February 1. ED II Applicants will recieve their decision before March 15.

πŸ—“οΈ 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.

➑️ Find a list of some competetive colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Texas Christian University Admissions

Transferring to Texas Christian University

It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to TCU

In 2022, TCU waitlisted 1,745 students and 733 accepted a place on the waitlist. Of those, 78 eventually received an admissions offer.

What's Most Important for Getting Into TCU?

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.

Admissions Factors at TCU

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.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Work Experience Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Application Essay Important
First Generation Important
Racial/Ethnic Status Important
Recommendation(s) Important
Standardized Test Scores Important
Volunteer Work Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Considered
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Considered

Make sure to check with TCU for more information on admission factors.

TCU 2022-2023 Application Requirements

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)

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into TCU?

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%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Texas Christian University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA ––
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.

About GPAs

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.

Standardized Test Scores

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.

What is a Good SAT Score for TCU?

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.

What is a Good ACT Score for TCU?

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.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

More Information on Transferring to Texas Christian University

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:

β€’ Fall Term

β€’ Spring Term

β€’ Summer Term

TCU Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to TCU?

βœ… Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to TCU.

Does TCU accept transfer credits?

βœ… TCU accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. TCU accepts:

β€’ CLEP subject tests

Does TCU accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

βœ… 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?

βœ… TCU has an acceptance rate of 54%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at TCU?

βœ… TCU's early decision acceptance rate was 53% in 2021.

What is the early action acceptance rate at TCU?

βœ… The early action acceptance rate at TCU was 71% in 2021.

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TCU Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective


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.


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

TCU ACT Scores


ACT Range

26 - 31

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

31 and Above


26 to 31


26 and Less


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TCU SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1140 - 1345


Math SAT Range

560 - 680


Reading SAT Range

570 - 670


Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

Not available

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