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Meet our Newest Counselor

We recently welcomed a new member to our staff!

cherSFCherese Dickerson is a TCU grad from the Class of 2014. She grew up here in Fort Worth and double-majored in Marketing and Religion. Active in our campus community, she served as a Resident Assistant for Housing & Residence Life and was a tour guide for Student Foundation. After graduating, she spent the last 2 years advising high school students through their college search process with the TCU College Advising Corps, a program housed in the College of Education.

Cherese enjoyed her time advising high school students and is excited to now serve on the other side of the process because “the community here really is like no other.”

Cherese will be working with students from Florida, Georgia, and the Dallas area.

We are so excited to have her here on our team!

Come visit us for a campus tour and meet her!

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Student Submission: On Hospitality at TCU

Dear Horned Frog Hopeful,

I came to TCU from California on a whim, without expectation. I barely snuck in the back door through the waitlist and did not have the time to visit the state of Texas, let alone TCU, before accepting my offer. My first TCU experience was spent at Frog Camp, and the thing that struck me the most, other than the outrageous temperature, was the level of genuine acceptance coupled with school spirit. People really do seem to be friendlier in
CalicoastTexas, especially at TCU.

Many people will tell you that TCU is a place of wonder, a school that rivals Disneyland in its mystical lure and abundant happiness. While I do wholeheartedly subscribe to this belief, TCU is still a college, and college can be difficult. I spent much of my freshman year desperately trying to assimilate to a new culture, new friends, and a new lifestyle. Eventually, my efforts to fit in led me to forget how to be myself and I honestly debated leaving.

I spent that summer back home traveling up and down the California coast, visiting friends I had made in Texas. From the cliffs of Big Sur to beautiful beaches of San Diego, the best times I had that summer were spent with those who welcomed me with open doors and comfortable couches. It was then I realized that all of the people I had met at TCU had loved me for who I was as a person the entire time. I was just too caught up in all of the newness to realize it.
TajMahalSince, the connections and friendships I have made while at TCU have led me across the country and abroad. Every experience I have been blessed with over the past 4 years, from a cross-country cycling trip for charity to a summer spent living out of my car traveling across the Western half of the United States, all the way to the Taj Mahal in India, has been the result of the good grace and hospitality of people I have met at TCU. I can honestly say I would have never seen the beautiful landscape in Big Bend or the awe inspiring Teton mountain range without the amazing people I have met here. Thus, I have come to realize that the relationships I have built at TCU have been truly life changing and I am excited to see how those relationships evolve as we all embark on the next great adventure.Teton

Rather than becoming my world, TCU has opened avenues for me to see the world. This place has prepared me for what is next by providing me a sense of purpose in life. It has become my home. For that, and especially for all of those that have made my journey here so incredible, I am forever thankful. To the Horned Frog hopefuls who read this, my only wish is that when you come to TCU, you too make it your own. After all, that’s the only way the best gets better.

As always, Go Frogs!
– Ethan

MurrayEthan Murray is a senior Political Science Major from Newport Beach, CA who is an aspiring attorney and avid reader. When he’s not working at TCU’s rock wall, you can find him training for the Cowtown Marathon. Throughout his time at TCU, he has extensively written and researched social justice issues and human trafficking, has biked across America with Pi Kappa Phi’s Journey of Hope, has spent a semester interning in Washington, D.C., and has learned how to say y’all. 

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5 Things You Should Know About the TCU College of Education

The TCU College of Education is preparing teachers who are ready to change the world through innovation, dedication and education. The College of Education shapes educators who will teach the next generation of doers, dreamers and trailblazers. Learn more about the TCU College of Education and what sets us apart.

  1. TCU is the only university in the nation with two on-campus special education laboratory schools. The two lab schools on TCU’s campus, Starpoint School and KinderFrogs School, provide TCU students from multiple degree plans with an opportunity to learn and work with children who attend the schools. KinderFrogs is an early intervention program for children with Down syndrome and other developmental delays. Starpoint is an individualized academic program for children ages 6-11 with learning differences. TCU students are an active and vital part of the lab schools serving as observers, practice teachers, classroom aides and beginning educational researchers.
  2. Field experiences start freshman year. Knowing how to teach is just as important as knowing what to teach. As early as freshman year, our students begin observing in classrooms across the community to see what it takes to be a teacher. After completing their field experiences, students complete a full-time, semester-long clinical practice in a local school. By graduation, students will have over 500 hours of real-world classroom experience.
  3. The COE is home to five educational research and outreach programs. The Center for Public Education, Andrews Institute of Mathematics and Science Education and Alice Neeley Special Education Research and Service (ANSERS) Institute produce research and provide outreach opportunities that enrich educational practice and address the needs of today’s schools. TCU TRiO Programs and the College Advising Corps work to prepare students for college through advising, mentoring and academic support. Learn more about our research and outreach programs here.
  4. Students can earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in 5 years. Through the Accelerated Master’s Program, students have the opportunity complete a bachelor’s degree with the Master of Education (M.Ed.) in five years. Students begin master’s level courses during senior year and can complete their master’s degree in a little over a year. Accelerated M.Ed. degrees include Curriculum and Instruction (Curriculum Studies, Language and Literacy, Mathematics Education, and Science Education specializations) or Special Education.
  5. Students can spend three weeks teaching in Europe. Understanding how global education systems work is an important part of being an educator. The College of Education International Student Teaching Program allows students to spend three weeks teaching in schools across Europe. We also offer summer study abroad trips that explore international educational approaches, advocacy, and policy by visiting schools and government organizations. Teach and study in the following countries:
  • Belgium
  • Denmark
  • England
  • France
  • Germany
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • The Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland

For more information on TCU’s College of Education, please visit coe.tcu.edu.

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Admission Update: Meet our Student Foundation Members of the Month!

wadeCaroline Wade

Hometown: Memphis, TN

Major: Spanish, Pre-Med Track

High School attended: Hutchison

Why you chose TCU: I love that everyone is so involved in academics and other activities and can excel in both.

Favorite Class taken at TCU: Intro to Social Work with Dr. Moore

Favorite Professor at TCU: Mark Demarest

Extracurricular Activities on Campus: STUFO, Ambassadors, Chi Omega, Honors College, Hall Crew, AED, Global Medical Training, RUF

Favorite Memory at TCU: Definitely attending the Christmas Tree Lighting with my friends. I loved the fireworks, singing, and decorations.  I really felt the Christmas spirit even though I wasn’t home with my family yet.

Why students should want to be on your Tour: I like to make the tours fun and interactive by sharing my personality and personal experience with the group. I have a serious and goofy side, and I think students appreciate seeing both sides of me in a tour.  I also love to chat; parents love that because they always have questions and want to talk to real, down-to-earth students.


leachLexee Leach 

Hometown: Colleyville, Texas

Major: Theatre

High School attended: Grapevine High School

Why you chose TCU: I was looking for the school with a competitive program for my major, but also where every student is really passionate about attending the school, and TCU showed that from my first tour my junior year of high school. The Admissions staff also really blew me away with how personal they are! (Fun fact, my tour guide was Connor Vaccarro for my first college tour ever)

Favorite Class taken at TCU: Movement & Voice and Speech

Favorite Professor at TCU: Krista Scott, Jennifer Engler, and Penny Ayn Maas

Extracurricular Activities on Campus: Gamma Phi Beta officer, StuMo, StuFo (duh), Ambassadors, Theatre TCU, Connections, featured in the “Unite for the Fight” Football Intro video

Favorite Memory at TCU: When Dean Ray Brown hand delivered me the first acceptance letter of the class of 2019 to my house! There were some very happy tears, let me tell ya.

Why students should want to be on your Tour: I have a ridiculous amount of school spirit, and if nothing else, you’ll leave my tour knowing “I just really love TCU,” which I think I unknowingly say at least 100 times.


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LIGHTS….CAMERA….ACTION!!!……..ALL EYES ON WELL-DESERVING STUDENTS through the lens of the TCU Community Scholar Program


 Once again, TCU laid out the “purple” carpet for a great group of admitted students who endured the six-month TCU Community Scholar process.  Yes, six months of dedication and hard work.

vic4At Texas Christian University, we believe a diverse community is essential to a quality education. The TCU Community Scholars Program was created to meet this goal. This elite program has grown to include eleven underrepresented public high schools where top students are recruited for full-ride scholarships to TCU.  Scholarship award recipients are also provided with the necessary support to be successful members and leaders of the TCU community.  Our long-term goal is to help them attain their full potential, including advanced degrees, and to help them become the next generation of community and business leaders.vic3

It’s not just the student candidates who work through each phase of the six-month process; we also have help from TCU Admission staff, the Intercultural & Inclusiveness office, members of the TCU campus community, members of the DFW community and, of course, staff and administrators within each participating high school and district.  Wow, lots of behind the scenes work and planning takes place each year…but it’s all worth it!! Why?…See for yourself! Watch this video and you’ll understand exactly why we love this program so much- worthy students earning great opportunities.vic2


vic5Victoria Herrera is a Senior Assistant Director of Admission and the Director of Minority Recruitment. She has worked at TCU for 15 years, earned her TCU MLA in 2003, and cheered on both of her sons as they graduated from TCU as well. She loves horned frog football and Rod Stewart.

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Admission Update: A perspective from the other side of the desk

campus_visitWe write about what we, as college admission counselors, think about TCU. But in the grand scheme of things our opinions matter very little. We work here, and we’re members of the Frog family – so we’re pretty biased.

When we hear someone else (who doesn’t have TCU on their paycheck) gush about TCU, it really means something. Recently, a multitude of high school counselors visited four private schools in the DFW metroplex – including little old TCU. After that visit, one of the counselors wrote a blog about his experience.

And we love it.

Like love it so much we want you to read it.

Joseph D. Korfmacher, Coordinator of College Counseling, Xavier High School (NY) wrote some pretty spectacular words about his visit on our campus. So here is real proof that TCU is great – from someone who doesn’t get paid to say that TCU is great.


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Student Submission: Redefining Home

“Hello, my name is Crichelle, and I am a junior anthropology and social work major from…”

OSAAs soon as I speak, most people can tell that I’m not from Texas. Last summer, I was an Orientation Leader here at TCU, and I had to memorize what we call an “intro.” It’s a fairly simple statement: name, year, major, hometown. But for me, it was kind of difficult to create one, because I really don’t know where my hometown is.

My mother was born in Houston, and raised in Missouri. She met my father when she was studying abroad at Oxford. He is from the South of England, just north of the River Thames. As a result, I am “half-and-half”. With this combination, I suppose I was destined to be confused. I spent the first sixteen years of my life living in and around London, in England. But just before my junior year of high school, I moved to Aspen, Colorado.   In America, I am “English.” This is weird, honestly, because in England, everyone considered me to be American. I mean, it’s nice to finally be called “English”, but it has made me wonder what my identity really is. Americans don’t claim me, and neither do Brits, so what am I?

When senior year of high school came around, I felt as if I were behind. I didn’t know to schedule senior photos, I had no idea what graduation parties were, and I didn’t know anything about American colleges. I learned that there were more than 4000 to choose from, and I couldn’t find the right place to start. We had these meetings at my school on Wednesday nights called “senior round tables.” My classmates and I would write essays, and help each other review. One of my friends was filling out the TCU application, so I checked it out. The website looked interesting, and they had the major I wanted, so I decided to add it to my Common App. I had never been to Texas. It seemed too hot and too big for me, but my college counselor encouraged me to go see the campus. In fact, she told me that she would not allow me to make a final college decision until I had visited TCU. Reluctantly, I agreed, and during spring break, I boarded a plane to Texas with my mother, doubtful that it was a trip worth making. But when I stepped onto TCU’s campus, I knew: this place was something I could live for.

The summer before my freshman year, I had received a call from a number I didn’t recognize. I answered, and spoke to an excited girl called Alex. She told me to sign up for something called “Hall Crew”. This organization was involved in creating weekly events within residence halls. I signed up, without knowing what I was getting myself into.

TedTalkWhen I arrived in the fall, I fell in even more in love with TCU. My professors were amazing, my classes fascinated me, and my residence hall was full of fantastic people. I immediately got caught up in making friends in my hall. But when the first weekend of school rolled around, I realized I was signed up to go on the Hall Crew retreat. This meant that the in-hall-friend-making had to take a break, and I left for an overnight trip to a campsite. There, I met some of the most committed leaders on campus, and I came back from the retreat with a new sense of purpose: I was determined to make this campus feel like home for anyone who came here.

I am now half way through my TCU career, and I have received so much more than just an education here. I have received vast and genuine support through many health challenges; I have received invaluable leadership training and experience; I have received a new, huge, Horned Frog family. TCU is unlike anywhere else on earth. It is so unique to be in this environment, where almost everyone around you wants what is best for you. When people ask where I am from, I have learned to tell them that I am from TCU. And I still don’t know if I am English or American, but I do know that I am a Horned Frog.

BriceCrichelle Brice is an anthropology and social work double major. She is involved with the Chancellor’s Leadership Program, TedXTCU, and the Phonathon.


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