TCU: 2020 Requirements, Scores & GPAs
This is the go-to guide for getting into Texas Christian University. We suggest you read until the end... Not only will we layout the exact GPA and test scores you should aim for when applying to TCU, but we’ll also offer creative ways to help your application stand out from the pack. We breakdown TCU statistics better than any article out there and show you how these have changed over time. Also, make sure to check out Texas Christian University on CampusReel to see what it’s really like here. If you're interesting in transferring to TCU, the read our transfer guide. You can also use the below calculator to help determine your likelihood of acceptance at TCU
What GPA do you need to get into Texas Christian University?
Texas Christian University’s average GPA is 3.64. Texas Christian University does require GPA. This average GPA means Texas Christian University is very selective. Often times, schools in this range are trying to increase their selectivity and “prestige”. We can’t read the minds of TCU application readers, but they likely want to increase the average GPA from 3.64 to 3.82 this year - to play it safe, we recommend striving for the 3.82 GPA.
*BEFORE CONTINUING PLEASE NOTE: GPA and “prestige” DO NOT mean a college is right for you. Texas Christian University may seem amazing on paper, but you may hate it... That’s why 700,000 students transfer colleges every year - they end up going to the wrong school. It’s crucial to watch the videos on CampusReel and make sure you can envision yourself on TCU’s campus. These TCU admission statistics do not sufficiently tell you what a college or university is like.
What is Texas Christian University’s acceptance rate?
Last year Texas Christian University’s acceptance rate was 43.28. However, check out how the acceptance rate has changed over time.
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As you can see, Texas Christian University is a little easier to get into than last year.
Acceptance rate alone does not indicate your likelihood for getting into TCU - it’s a very high level understanding of the true competition. Use the acceptance rate as a general guide for curating a list of 10-15 schools that fall into different ranges of competitiveness. Then, use the below data to get a deeper understanding of how your application will compare to the rest of the pool.
Does Texas Christian University Require Test Scores?
Texas Christian University requires that you either take the SAT or ACT. See the table below for how Texas Christian University’s accepted students have performed on both tests. You may be wondering how many test scores should you submit. Generally, don’t freak out about taking the test too often. Industry consensus is that you can submit up to 6 tests as a reasonable limit.
Texas Christian University SAT Requirements
Texas Christian University’s average SAT score is 1175 - this is the sum of the math and reading portions of the SAT (the 1600 scale). Check out the below table for a deeper look into how students performed - it’s also very interesting to look at the average test score over time. The trend over time helps give insight into whether Texas Christian University is getting more or less competitive.
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Texas Christian University’s average SAT score is 1175. To be a competitive applicant for Texas Christian University your SAT score should come close to the average. If you’re closer to the 1070, you’re likely going to have a tougher time getting accepted. To consider Texas Christian University a “target” school (one that you are likely to get into) you should aim for a score of 1280.
Texas Christian University ACT Requirements
Texas Christian University’s average ACT score is 83. To be a competitive applicant for Texas Christian University your ACT score should come close to the average. If you’re closer to the 75, you’re likely going to have a tougher time getting accepted. To consider Texas Christian University a “target” school (one that you have a good chance of getting into) you should aim for a score of 91.
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Texas Christian University Requirements
Now you know where you need to be for getting into Texas Christian University from a grade and test score perspective. Let’s quickly outline what else you’ll need to provide for your application to get reviewed, and then we’ll move onto the most important section: differentiating your app.
How to get into TCU
Follow these steps to maximize your chances of getting into TCU. Everything you read above will help prepare you for what you need to achieve to have a shot at TCU, but these steps will take you even further in applying that knowledge and differentiating your application.
Main Academic Excellence that is in line with TCU admission standards.
- Score at least a 1175 on the SAT or 83 on the ACT.
- Maintain a GPA of at least a 3.64.
Join Extracurriculars that Align with TCU’s Values.
- Join your school band, a sports team or another group activity. If Texas Christian University values music heavily, for example, then try to participate in an organization related to that topic.
- Volunteer in your hometown. Fort Worth has tons of ways to be involved beyond just the college. Texas Christian University wants applicants that are also good ambassadors for the school - they want students who will give back to the local community and broader Fort Worth area in general.
- Spend your summer doing something that speaks to your values, personal growth, leadership qualities and other less quantifiable characteristics. TCU needs to see past your test scores and grades - they need to know that you will be a valuable and contributing member of their community. You are more than grades and test scores - your experiences should demonstrate that.
Prepare Your Application
- Write a stellar essay that shows Texas Christian University something they can’t figure out from the other parts of your application. For a detailed guide on writing the best college essay, check this out.
- Get teacher recs that speak to your character. If you know what you’re majoring in and include that in your TCU app, try to have at least 1 recommendation from a teacher in that department.
- Apply Before the Deadline. Too many students wait until the last minute to submit their application, and too much can go wrong during this precious time window. Since many students are applying on the last day, it’s possible that TCU’s own system crashes. Don’t risk the added stress this can cause - submit your app a few days early.
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