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Reviews 1114 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Great Location – All of the dorms have been renovated over the years except one, Colby. While there are plans to one day renovate it, it has yet to be done. All of the other dorms are very clean and are decently sized. With the exception of Brachman, all the freshman dorms are within walking distance of each other and very close to the main part of campus. Foster seems to be the most community centered dorm, but all the housing provide events for their residents.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Decent but Limited – There is only 1 dining hall at TCU which makes lunch hour crazy packed. The main entree does vary from day to day, but you can get tired of the food easily. The places around campus are great, especially if you need to grab something quick before class because the dining location is on the opposite side of where classes are.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: TCU is predominately greek, and it is hard to get involved with them unless you are also in the greek system. There are many organizations at TCU, however, so if you are not in a frat or a sorority, you can still become involved on campus.

5 College Senior

Facilities: the facilities meet the needs for the students over sufficiently.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Very Nice – Everything at TCU is constantly being renovated and kept new looking. All of the facilities are incredible nice.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: They're Nice, but Be Persistent – Everyone is very nice, but it's best to go speak to them in person. They'll tell you to send several emails and then you can check back. Everything gets done without too many problems.

4 College Junior

Computers: The library and most of the labs on campus have nice Mac desktops, but during crunch times, it's hard to find computers to work at. Also, the computer area at the library can get very loud during the day. Each student gets an allotted amount of free prints each semester- I think it's around 250. The internet is pretty reliable, the school works hard to make sure it is always working. But it works better in certain dorms, like Milton. I would recommend bringing your own laptop because then you can study in dorms, instead of having to go to a lab or library every day.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Lots of Choices, but Can Be Expensive. There are so many places to live near campus and a lot of students rent houses too. But the most affordable places are farther away and require you to commute a little longer.

3 College Junior

Parking: Parking lots get filled quickly because visitors can park in any of the student lots, so students can't always find spaces. Overflow parking is far away and a pain to walk to campus from. But a parking permit is only 75 dollars a year, which is really cheap compared to other schools.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: TCU has a very involved Greek community for the most part. They value grades, community service, campus involvement, and of course the social aspect. No one ever "has" to go greek to fit in however it does help in building an extremely good friend and support base. If you're a social butterfly I would very much advise greek life. Every sorority and fraternity has a place for every kind of student.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The guys and girls here are divided by "greek" and "not greek". This has both its benefits and downfalls. For one, you can be surrounded by an overwhelming number of superficial and money obsessed individuals. But if you embrace all the different opportunities the school has, you can avoid these people a majority of the time and find down to earth, hard workers. You win some and you lose some.

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3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: A Little Over the Top – TCU appears to hold its students to much higher standards than other colleges I have visitied. The thing that makes me upset the most is that the standards are not even necessary. Majority of professors, especially in the Chemistry sections, expect you to know everything by memory and like the back of your hand. While I understand them wanting you to know and understand what you are doing it seems like that is all they want you to know and do not have any respect for the fact that you are taking other classes that require time devotions as well.

3 College Junior

Weather: Only One Word: Hot – I have lived in Fort Worth, TX my whole life and one thing for sure is that we very rarely have "nice days." There are maybe 2 weeks of spring right before we jump stright into summer where even 90 degree weather feels like its over 100. Our winters are not every long at all and the most important thing is that the weather can change at any point in time from say extreme heat, drought, to even having towarnado warnings. It can be unpredicatable sometimes but one thing for sure is that the summers are always HOT and we are like that for more than half of the year at a time.

3 College Junior

Computers: Not Too Bad – I sincerely dislike the fact that they only allow students a max of 100 prints of blakc and white only before they start charging you. Copies are not free at all. For some reason, it always seem that the color printers are on the fritz. The rules of "no cell phones" in certain parts of the library is not enforced and gets very irritating at times. As far as internet speed it is ok but you have to be physically inside a building to have access.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Too Expensive – Even if you get the medical insurance offered here on campus the visit itself is free but they charge you full price for any medicine they offer if you purchase it there.

3 College Junior

Weather: HOT HOT HOT – Being in central Texas it never really cools off here at least not for very long but the summers always start early and last long. The heat begins around late April and continues through mid October then it cools to the 50's. Around late November we see the 30's and 40's but it is intermittent and lasts until the end of February/early March. March and early April are usually beautiful with some rain days.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: FREE STUFF – Games always had free stuff and It was a great place to meet people. You get in free so why not go and enjoy it if you have the time. Always have free t-shirts and food, sunglasses and hats. show your face, all organizations try to go together but you can always branch out if you want. Don't be afraid to go alone, you'll always run into someone you know. :)

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: College Life – Milton Daniel, honors dorm, co-ed, all years, always quiet, has great events, dance for honors students, always very clean, bathrooms (community?)
Moncrief, my dorm, co-ed, loved it, athletic dorm, crazy, not always the cleanest, always someone to chill with, suite bathrooms/rooms, floors separated by sport,
Colby, all girl dorm, very old, fire alarm always pulled, mostly sorority girls, community bathrooms, great for sharing clothing/accessories/finding best friends at college
Sherly, co-ed, movie theatre in the basement, community bathrooms, usually great people, a good mix, still a lot of greek life
Waits, co-ed, artistic/band students, all years, very studious, seems always quiet, great kitchen,
Commons Sophomore Dorms, great, clean, relaxed, chill, no kitchen, just mini fridge and microwave
Tom Brown Pete Wright- literally living in an apartment on campus, pretty great

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2 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Not Much to Do – So, Berry street is the only street in walking distance that actually has activities on it, the next closest is Hulen but the walk to Hulen takes 45 minutes. The city buses stop running at 8pm monday through saturday. and 6pm on sunday. So basically if you don't have a car you are screwed. The only great thing about the surrounding areas is the ability to have frog bucks. That is rather convenient so you don't have to carry cash.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: All Newly Redone – every residence hall has been redone within the last 10 years and they are very nice. Average size and great community feel

5 College Senior

Facilities: Greek Life – Greek life is a big deal at TCU. About 45% of students are involved as of 2012. We have social, multi-cultural, and religious-affiliated organizations. This is clearly not the majority of the student body, but it can feel like it sometimes. Greek organizations hold the most social and philanthropic events of any group on campus. We have strong faculty for support within the university. You don't have to go Greek, but it's not a bad idea to at least consider it.

4 College Senior

Majors: Internship Opportunities – Everyone I know in the business school has had an internship before they graduate. Most have 2-3 before graduation. TCU does a great job of offering opportunities and networking events so that it is not difficult to obtain an internship. Recruiting for TCU students is common.

4 College Senior

Majors: Finance- Neeley School of Business – You get a really personalized experience in Neeley, and there are many opportunities for networking and job connections. Most teachers have real world success stories that are helpful to learn from. Getting involved in organizations is not difficult and there are so many speakers and different training experiences available free of charge for students. A business degree from TCU is a valuable asset.

1 College Junior

Parking: Good Luck Finding a Space – There is parking around campus, it just fills up quickly and you may end up walking across campus to get to class, even if you are willing to pay for a parking meter. Tickets for parking in the wrong lot, on the wrong street, or not having a pass can add up quickly and you don't want one from fort worth police because it is 4 times the amount of a campus ticket.

3 College Junior

Majors: Goodbye Social Life – Nursing takes up a lot of time. Clinicals take up to 12 hours twice a week, just the time you are at the hospital. Plus you have to do prep work for each clinical and study for your lecture classes, which is like having a full time job. The pay off is that you get to know every on in your clinical group really well and the instructors too. You will need them to like you, because in order to get an internship or job you have to have a letter of recommendation from that specific field's clinical instructor. The great part about it is that you are getting hands on experience and you can see tons of awesome things in the hospital.


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Marley Hutchinson
Greenwood Village, CO
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Most students at TCU are pleased with their education and the opportunities presented to them. While diversity continues to be an issue on campus, strong academics, good facilities, and countless organizations play a larger role in student life. To most students, TCU offers a strong academic foundation in a lively setting. Fort Worth and Dallas provide endless entertainment, while campus police and Froggie Five-O do their best to protect and serve the students on TCU’s campus. Students have a wide variety of living options, providing them with a great environment while earning their educations.

Don't be fooled by the name: TCU isn’t a stuffy church school. It’s a place where students are encouraged to try new things and branch out. A few numerous organizations—Greek ones in particular—tend to discriminate between social groups, but the overall student body is quite friendly. Academically, students are eager to learn, and a small student-faculty ratio allows students to interact closely with each of their professors. In the long run, many TCU students truly appreciate the campus for what it is and tend to view it as an experience like no other. It sure is good to be a Horned Frog!

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