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Texas Christian University Overview

Texas Christian University is a private not-for-profit institution located in Fort Worth, Texas. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

What Is Texas Christian University Known For?

2,464 Undergraduate Awards
$51,368 Avg Cost After Aid
41% Acceptance Rate
  • The student loan default rate at TCU is 4%, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 10.1%. That's great news for students who are worrying about paying off their student loans.
  • The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at TCU.
  • In 2017-2018, 100% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, TCU bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $52,800 a year. That's about 29% more than their peers at other schools.
  • The average TCU student graduates in 4.2 years. That's better than the national average of 4.4 years.

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Texas Christian University Rankings

TCU is ranked #155 out of 2,320 schools in the nation for overall quality on our 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. TCU also holds the #13 spot on the Best Colleges in Texas ranking.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

TCU has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#37 Best Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#102 Best Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#104 Best Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#225 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at TCU.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Movement & Mind-Body Therapies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Multilingual Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best General Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Teacher Education Subject Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Best Special Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#20 Best Communication & Journalism Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#54 Best Business, Management & Marketing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards TCU has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#11 Best Teaching Schools Teaching Degree Search
#13 Best Colleges for Criminal Justice & Corrections College Factual
#21 Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting College Factual
#30 Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism College Factual
#40 Best Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing College Factual
#58 Best Colleges for Psychology College Factual

Where Is Texas Christian University?

Location of Texas Christian University

Contact details for TCU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 2800 S University Dr, Fort Worth, TX 76129
Phone: 817-257-7000
Website: www.tcu.edu/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TCUTexasChristianUniversity
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/tcu

How Do I Get Into TCU?

You can apply to TCU online at: admissions.tcu.edu/apply/

Admission Requirements for TCU

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into TCU?

41% Acceptance Rate
61% Of Accepted Are Women
32% Submit SAT Scores
TCU has a fairly low acceptance rate of 41%, which makes it more selective than most schools. Take time to make sure you submit all the requested materials and you prepare the application in full. You don't want to get denied right off the bat due to an incomplete application!

Approximately 39% of accepted students are men and 61% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 40%, and the acceptance rate for women is 42%.

Average Test Scores

About 32% of students accepted to TCU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 570 and 660. Math scores were between 560 and 670.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Texas Christian University  ( 570 to 660 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Texas Christian University  ( 560 to 670 )
200
800
TCU received ACT scores from 68% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 26 and 33. Math scores were between 25 and 29. Composite scores were between 25 and 30.

ACT English Scores for Texas Christian University  ( 26 to 33 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Texas Christian University  ( 25 to 29 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Texas Christian University  ( 25 to 30 )
1
36

Can I Afford Texas Christian University?

$51,368 Net Price
30% Take Out Loans
3.7% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of TCU is $51,368. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At TCU, approximately 30% of students took out student loans averaging $14,443 a year. That adds up to $57,772 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at TCU is 3.7%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Texas Christian University Undergraduate Student Diversity

9,219 Full-Time Undergraduates
59% Women
26% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 9,474 undergraduate students at TCU, with 9,219 being full-time and 255 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  TCU

There are also 1,550 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 9,219 full-time undergraduates at TCU, 41% are male and 59% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  TCU

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Texas Christian University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of TCU Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 270
Black or African American 474
Hispanic or Latino 1,348
White 6,334
International Students 411
Other Races/Ethnicities 382

Geographic Diversity

Texas students aren't the only ones who study at Texas Christian University. At this time, 45 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 86 countries are represented at TCU. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Vietnam, China, and India.

Online Learning at Texas Christian University

184 Took All Classes Online
283 Took At Least One Class Online
4.7% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 283 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at TCU has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 115th most popular in Texas for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of TCU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Texas Christian University was 4.7%. This is the #1,698 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at TCU regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of TCU majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 3%
Liberal Arts General Studies 3%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at TCU ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at TCU.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Nursing #370
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #387
Liberal Arts General Studies #387

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Texas Christian University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Undergraduate Certificate Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Nursing 0 186 12 10 77 285
Business Administration & Management 0 74 0 131 0 205
Finance & Financial Management 0 162 0 0 0 162
Public Relations & Advertising 0 155 0 7 0 162
Communication & Media Studies 0 156 0 5 0 161
Accounting 0 98 0 52 0 150
General Psychology 0 96 0 6 4 106
Economics 0 103 0 0 0 103
General Biology 0 91 0 10 0 101
Political Science & Government 0 98 0 0 0 98
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 58 0 32 0 90
Marketing 0 89 0 0 0 89
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 76 0 0 0 76
Computer Systems Analysis 0 68 0 0 0 68
Music 0 28 10 20 7 65
Communication Sciences 0 39 0 19 0 58
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 52 0 5 0 57
General Engineering 0 56 0 0 0 56
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 29 4 21 0 54
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 53 0 0 0 53
Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing 0 52 0 0 0 52
Social Work 0 33 0 19 0 52
Real Estate 0 48 0 0 0 48
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 43 0 2 2 47
Educational Administration 0 0 0 30 10 40
Design & Applied Arts 0 39 0 0 0 39
History 0 32 0 2 3 37
Movement & Mind-Body Therapies 0 35 0 0 0 35
General English Literature 0 25 0 5 4 34
Child Development & Psychology 0 28 0 4 0 32
Health & Physical Education 0 18 0 13 0 31
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 0 24 0 0 0 24
Mathematics 0 20 0 2 1 23
Natural Sciences 0 23 0 0 0 23
Sociology 0 23 0 0 0 23
Fine & Studio Arts 0 14 0 9 0 23
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 21 1 22
Romance Languages 0 22 0 0 0 22
Journalism 0 21 0 0 0 21
Agricultural Economics & Business 17 3 0 0 0 20
Drama & Theater Arts 0 20 0 0 0 20
Writing Studies 0 17 0 0 2 19
Physics 0 6 0 11 2 19
Geography & Cartography 0 18 0 0 0 18
Computer Information Systems 0 17 0 0 0 17
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 8 0 9 0 17
Student Counseling 0 0 0 15 1 16
Natural Resources Conservation 0 13 0 3 0 16
Chemistry 0 8 0 0 8 16
Special Education 0 1 0 13 0 14
Religious Studies 0 8 0 0 0 8
Anthropology 0 8 0 0 0 8
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 7 0 0 0 7
General Education 0 7 0 0 0 7
Allied Health Professions 0 7 0 0 0 7
Philosophy 0 7 0 0 0 7
Dance 0 7 0 0 0 7
International Relations & National Security 0 6 0 0 0 6
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 4 0 0 1 5
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 3 0 0 0 3
Environmental Control Technology 0 0 3 0 0 3
Health Sciences & Services 0 0 0 2 0 2
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 2 0 0 0 2
Multilingual Education 0 1 0 0 0 1
Ethnic Studies 0 1 0 0 0 1
Natural Resource Management 0 0 0 1 0 1
Astronomy & Astrophysics 0 1 0 0 0 1
International Business 0 0 0 0 0 0
Germanic Languages 0 0 0 0 0 0
Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sacred Music 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 17 2,447 29 479 123 3,095

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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