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3 College Freshman

Transportation: There are buses that will take you almost anywhere – There are buses that will take you almost anywhere where you want to go and TCU gives you a free bus pass. TCU also has bikes that you can use.

3 College Freshman

Parking: There are not enough parking places on the campus, and if your not lucky enough to find a parking spot you will be walking a long distance.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Since it is Texas, the weather changes almost daily, it seems. One day, it was raining and hailing in the morning, then sunny and warm in the afternoon, then chilly by the time evening rolled around. You just have to be prepared for any type of weather. The sunny warmth of the morning may not last all day. Summers get pretty hot here, around 105 degrees. Winters get relatively chilly at around 15 degrees being the coldest.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: TCU has put a lot of effort into updating the dorms over the past year or so. All of the dorms have been or are currently being renovated. I personally do not live on campus, but I have been to several of my friends' dorms and I have liked them all! The rooms are relatively spacious and nice. The upperclassmen dorms are better because they are apartments right in the middle of campus. Typically, juniors and seniors do not live on campus, but if they do, they really enjoy it.

5 College Freshman

Technology: There are various places on campus where one can go to access a computer, such as the library, computer labs, and study areas. Also, the entire campus has a fast wireless internet connection for students who wish to access the internet on their personal computers. However, it is not necessary for one to have a laptop on campus, as there are several alternative resources. Each semester, every student receives a number of free prints, which they can use at places such as the library.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is everywhere you turn at TCU: students' t-shirt, bags, and even SHOELACES and FLIP-FLOPS, for crying out loud. If you live in one of the dormitories, you will see posters and other decorations representing the various sororities everywhere. In the dining hall and between classes, you will see many girls wearing their sorority t-shirts or jackets.

You won't feel actively pressured into joining a sorority, but if you choose to join, be aware that it will take up TONS of your time, and it costs hundreds of dollars in dues. Also, you'll always be running to Target (because the rich girls don't shop at Wal-Mart) to buy new clothes for all the parties.

In short, greek life is pervasive, sometimes to the point of being annoying, but never pressuring.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: You will NEED to bring a laptop with you, regardless of what anyone says. Teachers will often e-mail things to you, and many classes have online components.

There is Wi-Fi coverage on the entire campus, although it can be spotty in places. If the wireless in your room isn't fast enough, pick up an Ethernet cable at the campus bookstore. Also, the wireless network can sometimes just up and refuse to connect (on Windows XP computers).

The first time that you go to the computer help desk in the library (and if you own a laptop, you will make several visits in a year), they will make you uninstall all your anti-spyware and antivirus software and install Symantec antivirus. You'll want to get rid of that immediately, as it scans every 24 hours and there is nothing you can do to stop the scan, which for me lasted 9+ hours every time and really ate away at my system resources!

The library computer lab is open 24 hours a day except for Fridays and Saturdays. It gets pretty cold in there, though, and they shut off the heat at night, so you'll want to bring a blanket if you're planning an all-nighter.

If the computer lab is closed, there are a few computers in Smith Hall, but keep in mind that these computers basically only have Internet Explorer and Notepad, and you'll need to save to your U drive because you can't plug a flash drive into those computers.

As for printing, each student gets 200 free prints per year, but color printing is 90 cents per page. If you are going to be doing extensive color printing, it is in your best interest to bring your own printer.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The cute ones are few and far between. Ask any TCU girl; she'll tell you that there just aren't very many cute guys on campus. There are plenty of plain-face/boy-next-door types if you're not picky, though.

I've met plenty of NICE guys at TCU, although naturally we've got some of the dumb frat guy type too.

The bottom line is, if you're looking for an MRS degree (lol) or some arm candy, you'll likely need to look elsewhere.

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1 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Freshman dorms are AWFUL; others not so bad. The worst freshman dorm is easily Brachman, which has no stairs and is so far from the rest of campus that its residents have to catch a shuttle. Milton Daniel and Colby/Sherley are not far behind. Warning - many freshman dorms have community bathrooms and no elevators. Foster is probably the best freshman dorm, since it has an elevator and bathrooms that offer much more privacy (you still have to share with your hall, but it's an actual ROOM, not a stall.

Sophomores have the Commons, which are relatively new. I've never heard anyone complain about them. However, they are the farthest inland from the parking lots. The other sophomore halls are terrible; Wiggins is the worst (see the description of Brachman).

Upperclassmen have apartment-style living options which are pretty nice. Tom Brown/Pete Wright apartments are on campus and have elevators. However, the furniture in them still looks like dorm furniture, and you must share the apartment with three other people. The price is also a bit high for the length of time that you actually live there each semester. There's also the GrandMarc, which has a variety of floor plans as well as reserved parking in a parking garage. The Sandage/McCart apartments are a bit of a walk form campus, and the Bellaire Condos aren't furnished.

2 College Sophomore

Administration: You probably won't get busted by the campus police...OR your RA. The campus police are around to (a) keep you safe and (b) ticket your cars.

Your RA, on the other hand, will probably never come to your room/apartment unless it's for a safety check, which means that you can come home wasted or sneak alcohol in (if you're still underage) and never get caught unless you're ridiculously, excessively loud. Also, the RAs NEVER look in your fridge and won't go through your drawers, so there are plenty of safe hiding places for booze.

The alcohol policy, of course, looks acceptably strict, but nobody ever bothers following it.

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2 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather is never consistent for more than two weeks at a time, particularly in the fall and spring, when you might find yourself having to change outfits more than three times a day!

Rain boots and a good umbrella are a MUST; it rains often at TCU (even if it isn't raining in other parts of Fort Worth), and the campus is located on a hill.

You'll definitely need a coat and sweats for winter. If you have an 8:00 or 9:00 class, you will often find yourself walking to class in below-freezing temperatures.

2 College Sophomore

Diversity: The majority of the student body is Caucasian/White. Although there are other ethnicities represented, they mostly just stay within a group of other people of the same race. There is a reason why TCU was ranked #9 on PrincetonReview's list of colleges with little race/class interaction! I see VERY few groups of students with more than one ethnicity represented.

Most of the students at TCU are also relatively well off (count the number of BMWs and Mercedes parked in the student lots!). The ones who are not are generally scholarship students. You can also tell who has money just by what they're wearing. The typical upper-middle-class white TCU female, for example, wears a North Face jacket and backpack and Ugg boots, and is walking along texting on an iPhone.

Almost everyone at TCU looks the same, and it's hard to remember faces when nearly every girl comes from the same cookie-cutter mold.

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1 College Sophomore

Parking: Thank God for the shuttles (although the don't run on Sundays), because I'd hate to hoof it uphill from the overflow lot (especially since the sidewalks don't go all the way down the street!). HOWEVER, many of the residence halls are landlocked, so if you live in the Commons or (shudder) Milton Daniel, you're SOL. I can tell you from experience that your arms WILL be sore after carrying groceries that far from your car.

Finding a spot in the Main Campus Student lot is difficult on most days and just plain impossible if TCU is holding some kind of event, like a sports game. God help you on those days, because fans and other students alike will park just about anywhere, including places that aren't legal spaces. Also, if you want to get a parking space, you'll have to be back before dark, because they will all be full if you get back later. That's ridiculous!

Also, there are rumors that the only reason that TCU will NOT build a parking garage is because it would ruin the "beauty" of the campus! Screw the beauty; I'd rather have a convenient place to park.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are very few apartments within walking distance of TCU. There is a decent selection of apartments further away, but VERY FEW of these are furnished. Also, most of the apartments in that area of Fort Worth are rather nice. There are not enough options for those students on very limited budgets.

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2 College Sophomore

Campus Food: What Good Are Options If the Food Isn't Any Good? The main dining hall (Market Square) always has things like subs, pizza, burgers and fries, omelets, and a salad bar. There are two stations which serve varying dishes (homestyle American food and attempts at international food). In addition, they always have vegetarian food at lunch (hummus on pita bread, tabbouleh, and one or two varying menu items). There is a multitude of drink options for even the pickiest of palates. There are also desserts with every meal.

Personally, I find most of the food as either too bland or too out-there. The chefs seem to have a penchant for adding onion and garlic to nearly every dish, even when it's unnecessary. I once found pieces of onion in my corn - why???

Campus Cash dining dollars can be used to buy Starbucks coffee downstairs in the Union or in the library. They can also be used to purchase food at a sports grill, sub place, and smoothie place.

Freshmen and sophomores must live on campus and purchase the unlimited meal plan. Many upperclassmen choose the limited meal plan, and I don't blame them.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love the atmosphere. It is small but in a great part of Texas. It is very nice, and the people are friendly. there are plenty of parties and plenty of people to hang around if you chose not to. Football games are fun and our team is awesome! There are so many opportunities.

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5 College Freshman

Local Area: Dallas Fort Worth – Dallas Fort Worth provides many fun opportunities. I have lived in Fort Worth my entire life and attend TCU as well. There are tons of museums. The Irving/Grapevine Area (HOME of GRAPEVINE MILLS MALL - The Largest Mall in Texas) and Also has Ripley's Believe it or Not. There are many music venues, as well as several sporting venues, mostly in Dallas or Arlington. Fort Worth houses the famous Will Rogers Collesium where the Rodeo comes every Jan-Feb., it also has Billy Bob's where they even have a College Night on Thursdays that students love to go to. The Fort Worth Zoo as well as the Botanical Gardens and The Fort Worth Water Gardens are popular sites.

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5 College Freshman

Administration: In the dorms they will hand out violations if you get caught. Kegs in dorms are a huge fine. Saturday morning class and community service or fine. On campus though cops are a complete joke, they will not give you a ticket. Better to have a party busted by TCU cops than an actual RA. Depends on the RA but most are cool if you are just walking back home one night.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Always a party here – There's always a party going on. Bars are fun but drinks get expensive. House parties are fun, but when they get big, they get busted. But the cops don't do anything if they do bust a party, they just tell everyone to go home. Frat parties are fun but sometimes are far away. Transportation is included for those but it's not timely. Someone you know is drinking every night of the week.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Football is great – There's a great football program, but that's all anyone really cares about, except for baseball in the spring but even that is not a big deal at all.

2 College Freshman

Diversity: Many people are still racist, just subtle comments for the most part. Occasionally people get out of line. Boys are way worse than girls and often throw around derogatory terms behind ethnics backs. Basically three classes of people; stuck up rich white kids driving escalades (about 75%) and minority athletes (20%) minority really smart international people on academic scholorship (5%)

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus is safe – I personally have never felt unsafe. They have had a couple of problems but what college campus doesnt? Froggie Five-0 gives rides to girls anywhere on campuse after dark so they dont have to walk by themselves.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drugs are around – Everyone drinks. You will see a few entertaining posters like "1 in 4 TCU students would prefer not to have alcohol at parties." They are lying. Most people smoke weed or are okay with others who do. There are lots of prescription drugs and a bit of cocaine. Doing it in the dorms is stupid because they have drug dogs occasionally raid.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is hugggggge. Lots of girls from different sororities hang out at parties. There's not just one sorority per fraternity—you hang out with people who are like you, not who you are forced to call your friends. There are big parties. Three 6 Mafia even played at one!! Lots of fun, lots of drinking. There are a few rumors that a couple frats roofie drinks, but that has not been proven all that true.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Girls & Boys – Girls: At one point rated number 2 by playboy magazine. Many good looking girls, though lots of fake ones too. The only place on earth where plastic rainboots, leggings and boating shirts are trendy.

Guys: Guys are okay looking but many ugly ones end up with hot chicks because of the plethora of hot women.

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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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