Local Atmosphere

Fort Worth, TX
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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: I'm from the area and I love it. Part of the reason I chose TCU!

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: I am a Texan through and through and I love TCU.

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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: My school is in a big city-lots of places to go

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Love the atmosphere, so glad I'm here.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Fort Worth has internationally famous museums. Amazing opportunities for fine arts. Lots of major sports teams around. My favorite city in the world


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Marley Hutchinson
Greenwood Village, CO
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The Fort Worth area satisfies the immediate needs of most TCU students. Fort Worth has restaurants, bars, clubs, and movie theaters close to campus, so students don’t have to go too far for entertainment. Even though it's a large city, the small-town atmosphere blends well with the University, making it a good environment for students to work and play. Fort Worth may seem cramped to someone used to a smaller town, and a bit behind the times for someone from a larger city but, overall, it is a good environment for college students.

For students who want a different experience or a change of scenery, nearby cities such as Dallas and Arlington provide more entertainment and activities. The Metroplex area is a short drive from campus and offers shopping, museums, gardens, festivals, clubs, and other tourist destinations. TCU shares the Metroplex area with a few other universities and smaller local colleges, but each school tends to keep to itself.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Fort Worth is home to the Kimball Art Museum, which has been the object of international acclaim.
  2. Fort Worth is also known as "Cowtown" for its place in the history of the cattle industry.
  3. Fort Worth has been called "the biggest small town in the West" and "where the West begins."
  4. The TV show Walker, Texas Ranger often used the Tarrant County Courthouse in downtown Fort Worth as a backdrop while filming.
  5. Radio Shack, American Airlines, Lockheed Martin, and Pier 1 Imports all call Fort Worth home.
Notable Natives
  • Kelly Clarkson - American Idol winner
  • Van Cliburn - pianist
  • Harriet Sansom Harris - actress
  • Roger Miller - singer-songwriter
  • Bill Paxton - actor
  • Rod Roddy - former announcer for "The Price Is Right"
  • Liz Smith - columnist
Local Slang
  • Big D: Dallas
  • Cowtown: Synonym for Fort Worth
  • DFW: The Dallas-Fort Worth area
  • Fixin' to: Going to, about to, preparing to
  • Howdy: Hello
  • Metroplex: The metropolitan area consisting of Dallas, Fort Worth, and the outlying areas
  • Y'all: The plural of you; a conjunction of "you all"
Points of Interest
  • Botanical Gardens
  • Fort Worth Zoo
  • Six Flags
  • Stockyards
Shopping Centers
Hulen Mall
Movie Theaters
AMC Hulen 10
6330 Hulen Bend Blvd.
(817) 346-4994
Movie Theaters
AMC Palace 9
220 E. Third St.
(817) 870-1111
Movie Theaters
AMC Sundance 11
304 Houston St.
(817) 870-1111
Movie Theaters
Cinema Latino
4200 S. Freeway
(888) 588-2463
Movie Theaters
Loews City View 8
4728 Bryant Irvin Rd.
(817) 294-1676
Movie Theaters
Magnolia at the Modern
3200 Darnell St.
(866) 824-5566
Movie Theaters
The Omnitheatre at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
1501 Montgomery St.
(817) 255-9300
Movie Theaters
Rave Motion Pictures
2300 Green Oaks Rd.
(817) 566-0021
Movie Theaters
Ridgmar Movie Tavern
6801 Meadow Rd.
(817) 563-7469
Major Sports Teams
  • Dallas Cowboys: football
  • Dallas Mavericks: basketball
  • Dallas Stars: hockey
  • Texas Rangers: baseball
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Dallas: TX: 40 minutes
  • Houston: TX: 5 hours

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 59 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 60 responses

  • 3% Painfully remote.
  • 12% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 2% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 22% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 62% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 60 responses

  • 13% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 55% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 32% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 59 responses

  • 7% No way.
  • 42% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 51% Totally.


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