Texas Christian University Admissions Statistics

Learn About TCU and the GPA, ACT Scores, and SAT Scores You'll Need to Get In

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Robert Carr Chapel at Texas Christian University.

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Texas Christian University (TCU) has an acceptance rate of 41 percent, and successful applicants will need grades and standardized test scores that are above average. Applicants can choose from the TCU Application, Common Application, or ApplyTexas Application. Whichever application you use, you'll need to submit an application essay, SAT or ACT scores, and a teacher recommendation.

Why You Might Choose Texas Christian University

Texas Christian University's 271-acre campus is located five miles from Fort Worth. In recent years the university has invested hundred of millions of dollars in new facilities and campus upgrades. The university is associated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). On the academic front, TCU has a 13 to 1 student / faculty ratio, and the school highly values student-teacher interaction. Undergraduates can choose from 119 areas of study. In athletics, the Texas Christian Horned Frogs compete in the NCAA Division I Big 12 Conference.

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.

Texas Christian University GPA, SAT and ACT Graph

TCU, Texas Christian University GPA, SAT and ACT Data for Admission
University GPA, SAT Scores and ACT Scores for Admission. See the real-time graph and calculate your chances of getting in with this free tool from Cappex. Data courtesy of Cappex.

Discussion of TCU's Admissions Standards

Over half of all applicants to Texas Christian University don't get in, and successful applicants 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 (RW+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.

Note that there are some red dots (rejected students) and yellow dots (waitlisted students) hidden behind the green and blue throughout the graph. Many students with grades and test scores that were on target for TCU failed to get in. Note also that some students were accepted with test scores and grades a little bit below the norm. This is because TCU, like many highly selective private colleges, uses The Common Application and has holistic admissions. 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 doing an optional interview and optional "Freedom of Expression" page.

Admissions Data (2017)

  • Texas Christian University Acceptance Rate: 41 percent

Test Scores: 25th / 75th Percentile

  • SAT Critical Reading: 570 / 660
  • SAT Math: 560 / 670
  • ACT Composite: 25 / 30
  • ACT English: 26 / 33
  • ACT Math: 25 / 29

More Texas Christian University Information

TCU has a wide selection of majors, but the most popular ones tend to be in professional fields such as business and education. When it comes to the university's cost, far more students receive grant aid than loan aid, but those who do rely on loans should watch for excessive loan debt—the average loan amount is higher than many comparable institutions.

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 10,394 (8,891 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 40% Male / 60% Female
  • 97% Full-time

Costs (2017 - 18)

  • Tuition and Fees: $44,760
  • Books: $970 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $12,360
  • Other Expenses: $4,880
  • Total Cost: $62,970

Texas Christian University Financial Aid (2016 - 17)

  • Percentage of Students Receiving Aid: 80 percent
  • Percentage of Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 69 percent
    • Loans: 29 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $24,864
    • Loans: $14,693

Academic Programs

  • Most Popular Majors: Accounting, Advertising, Biology, Early Childhood Education, Fashion Merchandising, Finance, Management Science, Marketing, Nursing, Organizational Communication, Political Science, Psychology, Radio and Television
  • What major is right for you? Sign up to take the free "My Careers and Majors Quiz" at Cappex.

Graduation, Retention and Transfer Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 91%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 14%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 69%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 83%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Football, Golf, Swimming, Tennis, Baseball, Track and Field, Basketball
  • Women's Sports: Soccer, Swimming, Volleyball, Track and Field, Basketball, Equestrian, Rifle, Golf

If You Like TCU, Check Out These Schools

Applicants to Texas Christian University often apply to other schools with religious affiliations located in the southern United States. Popular options include Baylor University, Southern Methodist University, and Abilene Christian University

Other popular choices include large Division I public universities such as the University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M, and the University of North Texas.

Data Source: Graph courtesy of Cappex; all other data from the National Center for Education Statistics