By: Heath Einstein
Change is never easy. Even minor adjustments sometimes feel monumental. Our admission cycle has taken on a semblance of predictability through the years. From our application deadlines to release of decisions to the May 1 national candidate reply date, we know when the ebbs ebb and the flows flow.
This year, however, is different. For the first time in TCU’s illustrious history, we offered a binding Early Decision option for our students. There have always been students whose first choice is TCU; Early Decision gives them an opportunity to stand up and declare themselves. Going into this uncharted territory, we were unsure how many students would take the risk of committing themselves to us early in the admission calendar. After all, they pledge to withdraw applications from all other colleges if admitted. That’s a serious commitment. A quick Google search reveals that many selective colleges bring in a sizable portion of their freshman classes under a binding Early Decision plan. That has not nor will it be our goal. If we had received a couple of hundred applications we would’ve consider ourselves fortunate. In fact, over 400 students applied via Early Decision and on Wednesday we mailed offers to 241 students from all parts of the United States and even a handful overseas. We anticipate welcoming about 1900 students on campus next August as part of the Class of 2018.
We still have thousands of wonderful applications to review. Between Early Action, Early Action II, and Regular Decision, we have – to paraphrase Robert Frost – “miles to go before we sleep.”
It’s an exciting time to be a Horned Frog.