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5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The campus is beautiful and clean, and it keeps improving and growing every year. Modern facilities and library. Lots of green spaces and there are events going on every day on campus.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Quality: It is good, they are remodeling the library and adding a multipurpose center (as of 2015) so that should add some more study areas. The food is generally good especially the Chick-Filet which is always good at 2 in the morning. Be warned that the campus cash which is "non-refundable" and apparently non transferrable from semester to semester can only be used in 3 places: the library, union grounds, and chick-filet so you might be stuck, as I was, needing to spend $200 of it in the last week on lots of red bull and other garbage.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The gym is really good, maybe below that of something like Mizzou or some of the big name schools, but it does what you need it to do. There is a pool which is awesome especially when the weather gets steamy. The Football stadium is awesome and they are revamping the basketball stadium so it should be amazing as well.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Quality: you are more welcomed if you are from texas.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Working out at the student gym is fabulous.


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From the Rickel Recreation Center to the Brown-Lupton University Union (BLUU), all of the popular places on campus have been renovated and revamped within the last several years. The Rickel Recreation Center features many of the newest machines and a variety of weights, as well as a climbing wall, saunas, and racquetball courts. The BLUU is also well equipped for many student affairs, but in reality, it may fail to provide enough variety in the restaurant department.

Overall, campus is very well kept, and anything that hasn’t been renovated lately is sure to get its chance soon. The Rickel Recreational Center is of such high quality that alumni are given the opportunity to pay several hundred dollars annually to use the facilities. The library is home to 1.9 million volumes and an excellent online database, as well as the largest computer lab on campus. Other places on campus might not be quite as nice, but they are all, at the very least, sufficient.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
260 acres
Student Centers
Brown-Lupton University Union
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
Mary Couts Burnett Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • The BLUU
  • The Commons
  • Dorms
Bar on Campus
None, but there are two bars less than five minutes away across University Drive.
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
There is a Starbucks inside the bookstore and on the first floor of the BLUU. The library also has a small assortment of caffeinated drinks to keep you awake for studying.
Movie Theater on Campus
Student Government sponsors free movies, which are shown in the BLUU Auditorium. Popular films from last year's releases are chosen and displayed on a huge screen indoors. Free popcorn usually accompanies this event.
School Slang
  • The `Crief: Moncrief Dormitory.
  • 54-Hour Rule: At 54 semester hours, students must declare a major if they have not already done so.
  • The BLUU: The Brown Lupton University Union, the student center that houses Market Square, the Information Desk, and 1873.
  • The Dungeon: The name for the rooms on the first floor of Milton Daniel Hall.
  • The Greek: The part of campus where all of the fraternities and sororities are
  • HoHit: Honors Intellectual Traditions-an elite honors class.
  • MRS Degree: This is said of women who attend the University with full intent of finding a husband and dropping out. These women only declare a major for nominal value, and therefore are said to be working toward their "MRS Degree."
  • Pre-major: The TCU name for "Undeclared."
  • RTVF: Radio-Television-Film, a major at TCU consisting of work within these media.
  • Send Home: The bills from tuition, the bookstore, etc. that are "sent home" to your parents. Many things can be charged to send home.
  • TCU Bubble: The false sense of security and safety that students come to expect from the real world after studying at TCU.
  • Worth Hills: The portion of campus that was at one time a golf course. This area is now home to the majority of the Greek houses and Pond Street Grill.
  • "Riff Ram Bah Zoo": This is a TCU cheer that sounds like jibberish to anyone not affiliated with the University, and maybe even to some who are. There are verses to this seemingly unintelligible song, and most students can recite them by the time they graduate. It is one of the oldest college cheers in the country.
  • Frog Camp: Frog Camp is an optional program designed to introduce incoming freshmen to college life and to other incoming freshmen. There are several Frog Camps from which to choose, ranging from adventure to service-based. Students are responsible for the cost of Frog Camp, but most students agree that the experience and friendships forged there are well worth it.
  • Pancakes!: The Ol' South Pancake House is the traditional hangout for any hungry TCU student. The menu is cheap and the 24-hour restaurant has been a popular attraction of TCU students for decades.
  • Purple & White: Purple is a school color, and you'll find it everywhere and on everything. Students can buy Frog gear, or other purple clothing at the bookstore. The purple signifies royalty, and white, the corresponding school color, represents a good, clean game.
  • Rubbing the Horned Frog: It is tradition to rub the nose of the Horned Frog in between Sadler and Reed for good luck before a test or a big game.
Urban Legends
  • All of the tuition goes to refurnishing the flowerbeds.
  • If a bus hits you as you cross University Drive, you get free tuition.
  • If the chancellor hits you with his car, you get free tuition.
  • If your roommate dies, you get an A.
  • The squirrel population is trained and imported from Connecticut.
  • There is a pool on the roof of Milton Daniel.
Favorite Things To Do
Plays are often held in Ed Landreth Auditorium, Pepsico Recital Hall, or Hayes Theater. There are usually three performances per semester put on by our very own theater department. Most plays are free with a student ID, though you'll have to pick up tickets a few weeks before to make sure that you get one in time for the performance. Student Government sponsors free movies, which are held on the lawn in front of Frog Fountain. Popular films from last year's releases are chosen and displayed on a large screen. Free popcorn usually accompanies this event. Student recitals and concerts are held in Ed Landreth Auditorium during the year. They are free to students. Guest speakers occasionally come to campus. They usually speak at the BLUU Ballroom and are very often free to attend. Debates over various topics take place in the student center Lounge on a regular basis. These usually take place during the day, and many students walk through and observe the action on their way to class.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 41 responses

  • 17% Attend club meetings-variety of organizations
  • 15% Fun events on the quad
  • 15% Events sponsored by The Crew and The End
  • 9% Greek events
  • 9% Athletics
  • 8% Club Sports and Intramurals
  • 7% SAC (a weekly improv/comedy show)
  • 5% Sunday brunch at the BLUU
  • 3% One-on-one lunches/dinners
  • 3% Attend school of music performances
  • 2% For the guys it's drugging girls
  • 2% Ignite
  • 1% Hang out with friends
  • 1% Working out at the rec
  • 1% Spending time with friends
  • 1% Outdoor activities (beach volleyball, football)
  • 1% Sports

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 91 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 41 responses

  • 17% Frog Camp
  • 16% "Riff Ram Bah Zoo"
  • 15% Purple & White
  • 11% Tailgating
  • 10% Rubbing the Horned Frog
  • 8% SGA concerts
  • 7% I love the spirit my school provides all around.
  • 5% Pancakes!
  • 5% Christmas tree lighting
  • 5% Game day
  • 3% Jumping in frog fountain
  • 1% Wearing boots on game day
  • 1% Frogs First

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 47 responses

  • 68% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 17% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 11% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 4% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 94 responses

  • 53% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 41% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 1% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 4% I hate my school and have no school spirit.


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