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4 College Student

Academics: Professors are very willing to help the students out and make sure they succeed. The curriculum for me has been great but difficult in some areas. I struggled with registration at first because I was last minute getting in due to the Christmas holidays. There is plenty of places to study on campus and I have definitely enjoyed my time at TCU.

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5 College Junior

Academics: Great academics, awesome professors, and interesting classes. Sometimes it is really challenging depending on your major.

4 College Student

Academics: Texas Christian University has great professors with reasonable curriculum. The workload is fine if you can balance your time. Popular study areas are in the Mary Couts Burnett library and the BLUU center. They are always filled up with students every mid-term and final.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: TCU has really good and challenging academics. Great faculty to student ratio.

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4 College Junior

Academics: I love the Social Work major. The professors are definitely there to happily help. The workload seems to be average as well as the curriculum. I'm hoping Bass building will be remodeled in the coming years because it is very confusing to maneuver

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The professors seem to know what they are doing at TCU,
and they understand how to teach, except for a few exceptions. With accessible and mostly understandable teachers, there is an emphasis on the learning process and an ease to its progression. Small classes create an intimate setting between professors and students, which makes the whole learning process more personal.

Like any college or university, there is some variety in the quality of professors here. Most TCU professors take an active interest in their students' performances and are willing to help them succeed. Less personable professors are generally the exception, though, most students will encounter them at some point.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
13:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
544
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
233
Total FT Faculty
564
Faculty with Terminal Degree
86%
Average Faculty Salary
$88,570
Full-Time Retention Rate
90%
Part-Time Retention Rate
100%
Transfer-Out Rate
20%
Graduation Rate
75%
Programs/Majors Offered
110
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 42%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 50%
  • 50 or More Students: 8%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: Yes
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: Yes
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: Yes
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • AddRan College of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Brite Divinity School
  • College of Communication
  • College of Fine Arts
  • College of Health and Human Sciences
  • College of Science and Engineering
  • Neely School of Business
  • School of Education
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Accounting: 3%
  • Business Administration and Management: 3%
  • Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication: 3%
  • Registered Nursing (RN): 3%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Best Places to Study
  • Library
  • Reading Room in the student center
Tips to Succeed
  • Ask around about professors before you take their classes.
  • Buy your books early.
  • Make a schedule. Even if you don't stick by it, it is a good thing to have.
  • Never make a friend a roommate, but do your best to make a roommate your friend.
  • You should get to school early for a good parking spot. There are a lot of cars, and parking is somewhat limited.
Did You Know?
  • TCU is constantly renovating to keep up with the broadening academic goals of its student body. Of nine schools, 106 majors are offered in such varying fields as fashion design, kinesiology, advertising, and theater.
  • TCU's mascot, the Horned Frog, is actually a lizard. It has been the mascot of TCU since 1897-before the University changed its name to Texas Christian University.
  • It is tradition to rub the nose of the Horned Frog at the center of campus for good luck.
  • TCU has an endowment of over $800 million.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 103 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 70 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 70 responses

  • 33% This was my dream school.
  • 41% This was one of my top choices.
  • 26% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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