Who are you, anyway?
Who are you, anyway?
You’ll get the most out of college if you arrive with some idea of what you’re all about. So, think: What subjects do I enjoy most? Do I work best by myself or with others? Am I involved in activities outside of class? What do I hope to achieve in life?
(As an aside, Texas Christian University tends to attract top students from around the world who want to be leaders in their own ways. It’s our mission—to educate individuals to think and act as ethical leaders and responsible citizens in the global community.)
With a good idea of who you are today, you can find the best college match for you by deciding how different schools stack up in six areas. We’ll use TCU as the example here, but you can carry these factors in your back pocket as you consider other universities. Here goes:
Areas of study
It may sound like a no-brainer: choose a school that offers the subject matter that interests you. But because most students change majors, consider schools that offer a broad foundation of courses in literature, philosophy, history, political science, mathematics, and physical and life sciences (the “liberal arts and sciences”). What about TCU? TCU offers more than 130 areas of study and integrates challenging academics centered on the liberal arts and sciences with opportunities for leadership and service outside the classroom.
Explore the advantages of different-sized schools and consider where you fit in best. What about TCU? With about 8,894 undergraduates, TCU maintains the atmosphere of a smaller college while offering the choices of a major university in areas of study, cocurricular activities, and big-time athletics.
Want to know more?
Good. You sound like the inquisitive type of student who would do well at TCU! We’d like to tell you about the other secrets of college choice, so respond to this listing and we’ll send you our College Comparison Chart, a free publication designed to help you compare the colleges on your list and find your best college match.
Fort Worth, Texas, is the 16th-largest city in the United States and a part of the booming Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. Bloomberg Businessweek and Forbes rank it in the top 10 for finding a job, and the entertainment districts all over town give students easy ways to take a break from the books.
TYPE OF UNIVERSITY: Texas Christian University is a private, coeducational university. TCU is affiliated with, but not governed by, the Disciples of Christ.
SIZE OF CAMPUS: 277 tree-lined acres
NUMBER OF STUDENTS: 8,894 undergraduates and 1,429 graduates from almost every state and 75 countries
NUMBER OF FACULTY: 588, 84% of whom hold the most advanced degrees in their fields
COLLEGES, PROGRAMS, AND DEGREES: TCU offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate programs within eight colleges and schools:
• Fine Arts
• Health and Human Sciences
• Honors College
• Liberal Arts
• Science and Engineering
Pre-professional programs in law and medicine are available, along with the Honors College and study abroad opportunities in more than 75 countries around the world.
GEOGRAPHIC DIVERSITY: 75 countries represented on campus; 5% international students
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SERVICES: Orientation, International Student Workshops, off-campus field trips, Intensive English Program, document processing assistance, international and intercultural clubs and organizations, on-campus employment, History & Heritage Month Celebrations, Inclusiveness Luncheons, CommUNITY Week, Cultural Cuisine, Multicultural Greek Council
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT BUDGET: (2015–2016)
Student Government Fees $90
Room Rent and Food. $13,000
Health Insurance $1,950
Books and Supplies $1,200
Miscellaneous Living Expenses (not paid directly to TCU). $ 2,500
Annual Cost Estimate $59,370
FINANCIAL AID: Scholarships are awarded to students with top grade point averages and SAT/ACT minimums of 1850/28. Partial financial aid grants are available to incoming undergraduates and are based on financial need. Applicants wishing to be considered for financial aid should submit the College Board’s CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE by March 1.
TEST SCORE REQUIREMENTS: TOEFL—550 (paper-based) or 80 (Internet-based) or IELTS—6.5
APPLICATION DEADLINES AND FEES:
Early Action/Decision—November 1
Early Action 2—January 1
Regular Decision—February 15
$50 application fee