Texas Christian University

Texas Christian University

Texas Christian University, or TCU, is a private, coeducational university located in Fort Worth, Texas. It was established in 1873. The university offers more than 95 undergraduate majors, over 50 master programs, and more than 10 doctoral programs. TCU is consistently ranked among the top 120, or top 5%, by U.S. News and World Report's "America's Best Colleges". It is organized into the following academic divisions:

  • AddRan College of Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Brite Divinity School
  • College of Communication
  • College of Education
  • College of Fine Arts
  • College of Science & Engineering
  • Harris College of Nursing and Health Sciences
  • M.J. Neeley School of Business
  • Schieffer School of Journalism

TCU competes in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) sports as a member of the Division I Mountain West Conference. Their sports teams are nicknamed the Horned Frogs.

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Texas Christian University
2800 S University Dr
Fort Worth , TX 76129
General Phone: (817) 257-7000

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TCU Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management538business management, electronic commerce, business administration, accounting, finance, international finance, international business, management science, marketing, ...
Media319communication studies, journalism, broadcast journalism, radio and television, organizational communications, advertising
Liberal Arts248Spanish language, English, creative writing, liberal arts and sciences, general studies, anthropology, economics, international economics, geography, ...
Education and Teaching216multilingual education, educational administration, special ed, education of hearing impaired, school counseling, elementary school teaching, middle school teaching, secondary teaching, early childhood education, ...
Nursing and Emergency Medicine196registered nursing, nurse anesthetist
Science84biology, biochemistry, chemistry, geology, physics
Therapy and Counseling67psychology
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy65health and physical education, exercise science, health and fitness, athletic trainer, dietitian, dietetics and clinical nutrition, movement therapy
Real Estate and Construction Management43real estate
Design39interior design, graphic design
Medical Support and Technology36speech pathology
Security and Law Enforcement33criminal justice and safety
Agricultural Science and Management30farm management
Music27music, music performance, music theory and composition, musicology, conducting, piano, voice, violin, guitar, and strings
Drama and Performing Arts27dance, ballet, drama, theatre design, acting
Fine Arts24fine arts, art history and criticism, painting, sculpture
Conservation and Resource Management19environmental science
Family and Social Work17social work
Religion and Philosophy11philosophy, religion
Computer Science and Engineering9computer and info science, information technology
Photography and Commercial Art7film studies, photography, printmaking

Number of programs and degrees for TCU in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Award of less than 1 academic year271
Bachelor's degree1,56480
Master's degree48237
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship286

TCU Student Body

In 2007-2008, TCU had a total enrollment of 8,668 students (8,271 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 39%
Women 61%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 85%
Graduate 15%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 74%
Black 5%
Hispanic 7%
Asian 3%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 5%
(Foreign Students) 5%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 29%
20-21 35%
22-24 18%
25-29 7%
30-34 3%
35-39 2%
40-49 2%
50-64 1%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)5%
New Mexico1%

TCU Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 86 %
Part-Time 100 %

TCU Room and Board (2007)

TCU offers campus housing for 3,320 of its 8,271 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Fort Worth, Texas for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Texas Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

TCU Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal520630
SAT Math540640
SAT Writing530640
ACT Composite2328

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencerecommended
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT62%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT38%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

TCU Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 26,948
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 26,948
Room and board $ 9,600
Room charge $ 6,000
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,600
Books and supplies $ 880
Other expenses $ 1,500

Financial Aid:
TCU participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 363600)

TCU Faculty

TCU has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year2*1*
Associate professorcalendar year2*1*
Assistant professorcalendar year1*4$99,111
Instructorcalendar year0*2*
Lecturercalendar year16$50,84818$49,674
No academic rankcalendar year0*1*
All faculty totalcalendar year21$70,71427$65,929

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year111$109,97626$103,021
Associate professoracademic year76$82,31272$75,433
Assistant professoracademic year66$72,67142$64,360
Instructoracademic year24$57,59339$55,388
No academic rankacademic year0*1*
All faculty totalacademic year277$88,958180$72,442

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

TCU Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Mountain West Conference
Basketball Mountain West Conference
Baseball Mountain West Conference
Track Mountain West Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports3990129

TCU Degree Programs (2007)

Agricultural Science And Management
Farm/Farm and Ranch Management

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce
Fashion Merchandising
Finance, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
International Finance
International Marketing
Management Science, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Information Technology

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science

Graphic Design
Interior Design

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Bilingual and Multilingual Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education/Teaching Individuals - Hearing Impairments
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Social Studies Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General

Engineering, General

Family And Social Work
Social Work

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
Creative Writing
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
General Studies
History, General
International Economics
International Relations and Affairs
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Broadcast Journalism
Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Organizational Communication, General
Radio and Television

Medical Support And Technology
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist


Music Performance, General
Music Theory and Composition
Music, General
Musicology and Ethnomusicology
Piano and Organ
Violin, Viola, Guitar and Other Stringed Instruments
Voice and Opera

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nurse Anesthetist
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition Services, Other
Dietetics/Dietitian (RD)
Health and Physical Education, General
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Movement Therapy and Movement Education

Photography And Commercial Art
Film/Cinema Studies

Real Estate And Construction Management
Real Estate

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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What Sets TCU Apart:

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% of degrees in media
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Number of students
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Top 9%TCU Number of students
Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 13%TCU Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
Dorm rooms per full-time student
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Top 14%TCU Dorm rooms per full-time student
% of degrees in real estate and construction management
(vs. all colleges)
Top 17%TCU % of degrees in real estate and construction management
% of degrees in music
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 19%TCU % of degrees in music
Selectivity (based on % of applicants accepted)
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Top 20%TCU Selectivity (based on % of applicants accepted)
Student SAT scores
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Top 20%TCU Student SAT scores
% of degrees in business and management
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