All these profiles sound the same!
If that’s how you’re beginning to feel, perhaps this page is a good time to take a step back and consider once more what this whole college thing means to you.
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 116 areas of study and integrates challenging academics centered on the liberal arts and sciences with opportunities for leadership and service outside the classroom.
Make sure the school you choose is in a place that offers activities you enjoy and diverse job opportunities in case you stay there after you graduate. What about TCU? TCU is located in Fort Worth, Texas, a city of more than half a million people, with a blend of Old West friendliness and metropolitan culture and class. Fort Worth is ranked by Forbes as the #2 city in the nation for job seekers, and Dallas–Fort Worth is home to 21 Fortune 500 companies.
Explore the advantages of different-sized schools and consider where you fit in best. What about TCU? With about 8,892 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?
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OUR MISSION: To educate individuals to think and act as ethical leaders and responsible citizens in the global community
LOCATION: Fort Worth, Texas; popu-lation 792,727; part of the Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex
STUDENTS: 8,892 undergraduates and 1,502 graduates from 52 states and territories and 75 countries
FACULTY: 613, 83% of whom hold the most advanced degrees in their fields
AVERAGE CLASS SIZE: 27
AREAS OF STUDY: 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 50 locations around the world.