The Texas Christian University Office of Admission often receives questions from applicants regarding individual elements of their applications – how powerfully does one low score, one “off” grading period, one disciplinary infraction or even one poorly organized admission essay impact our admission decisions?
It’s a thoughtful question and deserves a thoughtful response – and as with any complex scenario, a measure of context is warranted.
As an institution of higher learning, TCU values academic achievement, personal freedom and inquiry, the dignity and respect of the individual, and a heritage of inclusiveness, tolerance and service. We take great pride in the personal and individual approach of our college admission process.
Our team reviews each application holistically, always considering the framework of an applicant’s overall story. We understand that neither a single variable nor a set of data points provides a complete picture. Through our careful evaluation of academics, we find students who take coursework that is both challenging and interesting to them, and who show diligence in pursuing top grades. We also learn about our applicants through their essays, resumes and letters of recommendation. Reflections of commitment to interests that are deeply personal and inspiring offer insights into future Horned Frogs who will carry forward that zeal and inspire others on our campus and beyond. In addition to these two-dimensional exchanges, we meet thousands of applicants in person during their college searches, adding texture and allowing us to see as many of their 360 degrees as they’re willing to share.
TCU has a rich history of encouraging a vibrant and diverse community, particularly through our student admission process. TCU was the first college in Texas to enroll a female seeking a bachelor’s degree, and the first in the Southwest Conference to sign an African-American athlete. When discussing the early coeducational status, one key TCU administrator called it “a sign of progress” and “a bold adventure.” Though more than a century has passed since that statement was made, this heritage of inclusiveness remains a key tenet of our university values. It’s a spirit thriving today at TCU as we continue enrolling students who pursue their passions and academic interests with fervor and dedication.
Making an admission decision, either positive or negative, based on a single element – be it a transcript, test score or disciplinary record – counters our philosophy of holistic review. We encourage any applicants who have questions or concerns about their status to reach out and begin a dialogue with their admission counselors. We also encourage our applicants to seek bold academic and personal adventures.