Texas Christian University: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

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Texas Christian University (TCU) is a private Christian university with an acceptance rate of 41%. The university is associated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and TCU's 271-acre campus is located five miles from Fort Worth. On the academic front, TCU has a 13-to-1 student/faculty ratio, and the school values student-teacher interaction. Undergraduates can choose from 115 areas of study, with popular majors including business and education. For its strengths in the liberal arts and sciences, TCU was awarded a chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society. The university consistently ranks among the best Texas colleges and best colleges of the south-central United States. In athletics, the Texas Christian Horned Frogs compete in the NCAA Division I Big 12 Conference. Applicants can choose from the TCU Application, Common Application, or ApplyTexas Application. TCU has an Early Decision program that can improve admission chances for students who are sure the university is their top choice school.

Considering applying to Texas Christian University? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, Texas Christian University had an acceptance rate of 41%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 41 students were admitted, making TCU's admissions process competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 20,156
Percent Admitted 41%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 27%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Texas Christian University requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 41% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 580 660
Math 570 680
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of TCU's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Texas Christian scored between 580 and 660, while 25% scored below 580 and 25% scored above 660. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 570 and 680, while 25% scored below 570 and 25% scored above 680. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1340 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at TCU.

Requirements

Texas Christian participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates. The SAT writing section is optional at TCU, and SAT Subject tests are not required.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Texas Christian requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 59% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 26 33
Math 25 29
Composite 26 30

This admissions data tells us that most of TCU's admitted students fall within the top 18% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Texas Christian received a composite ACT score between 26 and 30, while 25% scored above 30 and 25% scored below 26.

Requirements

TCU does not require the ACT writing section. Unlike many universities, Texas Christian superscores ACT results; your highest subscores from multiple ACT sittings will be considered.

GPA

Texas Christian University does not provide data about admitted students' high school GPAs.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Texas Christian University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Texas Christian University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Texas Christian University. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

Texas Christian University, which accepts fewer than half of applicants, has a selective admissions process. However, TCU has a holistic admissions process involving other factors beyond your grades and test scores. The TCU admissions folks take into consideration the rigor of your high school courses, your application essay, extracurricular activities, and letters of recommendation. Applicants may also benefit from an optional interview and "Freedom of Expression" submission.

Successful applicants to TCU will need strong academic records. In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. You can see that the majority of students who got in had at least "B+" averages in high school, and they had combined SAT scores of about 1050 or higher (ERW+M), and ACT composite scores of 21 or higher. The higher your grades and standardized test scores, the better your chances are of receiving an acceptance letter.