Seniors, as you begin your final year of High School, your maps are laid out, and you are contemplating the biggest decision of your young life; the college you will attend. There are thousands of institutions from coast to coast, which is the best college for you? Will it be one on the sunny shores of California to the west? Maybe a college on the east coast? Or could it be one smack dab in the middle, where the west begins, a college like Texas Christian University?
About Texas Christian University
- Location – Texas Christian University is a 295-acre college located in Ft. Worth. The Dallas/Ft. Worth is one of the most rapidly growing areas of Texas and a major tourist destination.
- Ratings – TCU is rated the number two college on the list of the Best Christian Colleges in Texas by Niche. It’s also number seven for best Christian Colleges in America, and number 16 for overall best college in America.
- Denomination Affiliation – Although identified as an independent college, it does maintain an affiliation with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). A Protestant denomination with Presbyterian and Baptist roots.
Student activities on-campus are a major part of the decision-making process. If you are not going to enjoy the college campus atmosphere, it can make the transition difficult. So, here is a little about life at Texas Christian University.
- Living Accommodations – All out-of-state first-year students must live on campus in one of the 19 Residence Halls. They are all within walking distance of the campus, and the facilities rank number 3 in student housing by Princeton Review.
- Population – The university has around 9500 students. They have a student to faculty ratio of 13 to one. They have a 41% admission rate.
- Student Life – The school ranks number two for student engagement according to the Wall Street Journal. Extracurricular activities include Athletics, Performing Arts, and Cultural Arts. They have over 200 student organizations for a student to explore. They also offer the Greek culture of Sororities and Fraternities.
- Spiritual Life – Having strong Christian roots, TCU supports the spiritual and ethical life of each of its students. They have the firm belief that religion is meant to unite, not divide. Chaplains and Chapels aim to support the various religions the student body represents.
Popular Majors at Texas Christian University
There are over 200 major and degree programs. Each offers customizable paths to promising outcomes.
- Undergraduate – Business Administration is the most popular major for students. Among the other 114 majors, Nursing, Communications, Finance, Economics, Accounting, and Psychology.
- Graduate – Texas Christian University also offers 58 Masters and 36 Doctorate programs. Accounting, Biology, Nursing, Criminal Justice, and Education.
- Grades – TCU requires a High School or previous College transcript or equivalent.
- Scores – When applying, they look for a minimum SAT score of 1130-1330 and an ACT score of 25-30.
- Fees – Along with your application, there is a $50 application fee.
- Cost – The cost of attending Texas Christian University for a fulltime Freshman before grants, scholarships, and financial aid is around 63K per year; this includes room and board.
The Final Word
Texas Christian University offers many options for Financial Aid. In fact, 77% of students receive some form of assistance. From Scholarships and Grants to Loans and Work-Study programs, there are options to get you the funding you need. Always remember that where God guides you, He will provide all your needs.
TCU is a Big 12 university. It has a small-college feel with a big college atmosphere with the Horned Frogs. You can even rub the nose of the statue before a big test, as it has become a tradition for many students.
Finally, selecting a college is a major decision that you must look at from all angles. Therefore, lining it up with your calling, searching where it is located, as well as understanding tuition are all factors to consider. Spend time in prayer and seek advice from trusted individuals. God will direct you in the way you should go, the promise God gave to Isaiah still applies to you today.
Jeff S Bray wrote this article.