- Enrollment of 8,936
- 7,382 undergraduates
- 1,554graduate and professional students
- 100 undergraduate majors
- 20 graduate degrees in 54 areas
- 12 doctoral fields of study
- Approximately 1,700 employees
- 478 full-time faculty members, with 87 percent holding the highest degree in their discipline
- 14:1 full-time equivalent student/faculty ratio
- Budget of $292 million
- Total investments of more than $1.1 billion
- 71,000 living alumni
- Founded in 1873
- Estimated annual cost, including housing, books and fees, is $33,118
To educate individuals to think and act as ethical leaders and responsible citizens in the global community
To create a world-class, values-centered university experience for our students
TCU: Ahead of the Curve
TCU stays ahead of the curve by creating a world-class, values-centered university experience. This year and next, the University will open eight top-of-the-line facilities - these in addition to a $300 million investment in the campus in recent years. TCU annually exceeds enrollment goals, and the endowment is listed 61st among colleges and universities in the United States.
It's a friendly and diverse campus. Students benefit from the strengths and resources of larger institutions but in a small college environment. They can choose from 100 undergraduate areas of study, participate in innovative programs such as entrepreneurship and nurse anesthesia, and take part in service learning. Their professors are leaders in their fields, and academics are rigorous. A global perspective permeates TCU, and students have numerous opportunities to study abroad. They have the advantage of state-of-the-art sports and recreation facilities and can enjoy NCAA Division I competition, right on campus.
With a 14:1 student/faculty ratio and a teacher-scholar model that results in close, mentoring relationships, TCU fosters discovery, creativity and leadership. It's a culture that enables the search for meaning and success. Consequently, a TCU education is more than the sum of semester hours - it's an exciting living and learning experience that grows from the mission: "to educate individuals to think and act as ethical leaders and responsible citizens in the global community."
- TCU was founded in 1873 by brothers Addison and Randolph Clark in Thorp Spring, Texas, as AddRan Male and Female College.
- The school moved to Waco in 1895.
- The name was changed to AddRan Christian University in 1889 and Texas Christian University in 1902.
- TCU relocated to downtown Fort Worth in 1910 when the Waco facility burned, and opened three new buildings on the present campus in 1911.
- AddRan College of Humanities & Social Sciences
- Brite Divinity School
- The Neeley School of Business
- College of Communication
- School of Education
- College of Fine Arts
- Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences
- College of Science & Engineering
The TCU Campus
- The campus encompasses 268 acres in a residential neighborhood five miles from the heart of downtown Fort Worth, a welcoming city with a vibrant mix of commerce, culture and entertainment.
- In recent years, the university has invested some $200 million in new facilities and in upgrading residence halls, classrooms and laboratories.
- Other recent facilities include the Tucker Technology Center, Smith Entrepreneurs Hall, the University Recreation Center, three residential apartment communities and a number of athletic facilities.
- High-tech classrooms and wired and wireless networking throughout campus provide easy, secure access to information technology resources.
- The GrandMarc at Westberry Place, a collaborative venture with Phoenix Property Company, opened for the fall 2006 semester. The GrandMarc provides convenient apartment living for 600 students, parking and retail outlets. The facility is also an impetus for improvements and development along the Berry Street corridor.
The Campus for Today's Generation
- The Campus Commons, now under construction, will include the new Brown-Lupton University Union, four new residence halls for students classified as sophomores and above, and a large, open green space that is sure to become the focus of student life. Two of the residence halls are two slated to open for the fall 2007 semester, and the remaining two are scheduled to open in January 2008. The planned completion date for the University Union is summer 2008.
- The $10.2 million J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation Education Complex will enable TCU to even more effectively tackle key educational issues and prepare teachers for North Texas and beyond. The project comprises construction of the Steve and Betsy Palko Building and a complete renovation of the Bailey Building. Completion is planned for summer 2007.
- Plans for a new campus bookstore are under review, and an indoor practice facility for intercollegiate athletics is scheduled for completion in spring 2007.
- TCU is the largest of 18 colleges and universities associated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), a community embracing both faith and reason. With the full support of the Disciples, TCU is committed to the highest standard of scholarship, affording students the rigorous challenges that make higher education worthwhile. Reflection on the questions of meaning and value is crucial to genuine learning. TCU's covenant with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) supports this kind of education.
- More than 45 religious groups are represented in the student body; the denominations with the largest representation are Roman Catholic, United Methodist and Baptist.
- There are 20 recognized religious organizations on campus, including groups for Christian, Jewish and Muslim students, faculty and staff.
- Brite Divinity School at TCU is one of the premier theological seminaries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
The TCU Experience
- Summer Frog Camp provides new students a head start on acquiring the skills they need to be successful in college. Frog Camps introduce new students to their classmates, to university history and traditions, and to the concept of ethical leadership and citizenship.
- The Transitions program helps undergraduates deal with the many developmental changes that college students experience. Each year, members of a TCU class together tackle one of the elements of TCU's mission statement: community building as freshmen, ethical leadership as sophomores, responsible citizenship as juniors and global awareness as seniors.
- At the Chancellor's Assembly, a celebration of TCU's academic life, incoming students march into Daniel-Meyer Coliseum to the applause of faculty and staff members clad in academic regalia. The event concludes with the candlelight passing of the Torch of Knowledge.
- First-year students have the opportunity to take freshman seminars designed to develop a sense of belonging and the skills and self-confidence needed for academic success. Seminars such as Genius Minds, Broken Brains; The Truth About Lies; and Utter Chaos present challenging ideas in classes of 15 or fewer new students.
- The TCU Leadership Center offers a wide variety of co-curricular classes and opportunities that expose students to contemporary leadership topics and help them get involved at the university, in the larger community and around the world. Last year more than 1,000 individuals took part in Leadership Center activities.
- Students have opportunities to become involved in the university through some 200 academic, professional and social organizations, including 29 fraternities and sororities.
- TCU's gold signet ring, which displays the university's seal, is presented to Horned Frogs in a special ceremony at the end of their junior year. Only students who have earned 69 credit hours are entitled to wear a TCU class ring.
- Each year, the 50th reunion class joins the May Commencement processional, symbolizing the lifelong ties that Horned Frogs forge with their alma mater.
- As a major teaching and research university, TCU receives research funding from more than 100 agencies.
- The Institute of Behavioral Research is one of the top three drug-related research institutes in the United States. It has had a major influence in national drug policy and treatment for four decades and has expanded its work to the United Kingdom.
- The Institute for Mathematics, Science and Technology Education brings together researchers from varied disciplines to discover new and innovative ways to teach and learn quantitative skills.
- Undergraduates have many opportunities to conduct their own research at the new Science and Engineering Research Center and to present their findings at the annual Undergraduate Research Day.
Mary Couts Burnett Library
- The more than 2 million items physically housed in the Mary Couts Burnett Library are augmented by thousands of electronic books and journals and full-text databases.
- The library's Information Commons provides a one-stop "help desk," offering research services and technical computer support in one central location, as well as enclosed spaces for collaborative computer use known as Frog Pods.
- Reference librarians and technology resources consultants are available for assistance for more than 100 hours a week.
- In the Information Commons Computer Lab, students have access to more than 110 PC and Macintosh computers, along with 30 laptops for use on FrogWave, the campus WiFi network.
- TCU's Center for Writing maintains an annex office in the Information Commons Computer Lab.
- The library's distinguished Special Collections Department contains the Speaker Jim Wright Archives, the Amon G. Carter Collection, the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Archives and the William Luther Lewis Collection of English and American Literature.
Horned Frog Athletics
- Competing in NCAA Division I-A, TCU is a member of the Mountain West Conference.
- In the 2005-06 athletics season, 15 of TCU's 19 sports were represented in NCAA postseason play.
- The Horned Frogs newest intercollegiate sport debuts in fall 2006 with the addition of equestrian.
- The football team has won 10 or more games and has finished the season ranked among the nation's top 25 in four of the last six years. The 2005 Horned Frogs opened and closed the season with victories over Big 12 teams, winning 17-10 at Oklahoma and defeating Iowa State in the Houston Bowl. TCU finished ninth in the final 2005 USA Today poll.
- The women's basketball team has advanced to the NCAA Tournament for six consecutive years.
- The football, women's tennis and baseball teams won Mountain West Conference regular-season championships in 2005-06, while women's tennis, men's tennis and baseball captured conference tournament titles.
- More than half of TCU's student-athletes achieved GPAs of 3.0 or better during the spring 2006 semester.
- Since TCU is an independent university, strong support from alumni, friends, parents, corporations and foundations is vital.
- During the 2006 fiscal year, 14,743 donors supported TCU, contributing nearly $34 million.
- Gifts and pledges in fiscal 2006 totaled an unprecedented $45.6 million - a 56 percent increase over the previous year.
- High-priority initiatives include increasing philanthropic support for scholarship, faculty and academic programs and completing fund raising for the Campus Commons project.
AddRan College of Humanities & Social Sciences
- AddRan College, the home of the liberal arts at TCU, comprises departments as diverse as philosophy, languages, political science, criminal justice, religion, literature and history.
- Internship opportunities abound for AddRan students and include the London Internship, as well as the Washington Internship program and numerous local internship programs.
- AddRan's Center for Texas Studies sponsored the Texas flags exhibition that toured the state from 2004 to 2006. The center also offers workshops on preserving personal histories and teaching Texas history and is publishing the Texas Biography series.
- AddRan's Center for Civic Literacy teaches the value of social capital and community commitment through the Civic Literacy course, as well as internships, special conferences and learning circles.
- The most recent Jim Wright Symposium featured as keynote speaker the Honorable John Anderson, former Republican congressman and independent candidate for the presidency in 1980.
- The spring 2006 conference underwritten by the Ronald E. Moore Foundation brought together the most renowned scholars in the nation to discuss "Thomas Jefferson for Today."
- AddRan College offers numerous opportunities for study abroad through both semester and summer programs.
The Neeley School of Business
- The Neeley School of Business offers accredited undergraduate and graduate programs in business and entrepreneurship. MBA programs include full-time, accelerated, professional and executive. The accelerated MBA program, a one-year full-time opportunity, is offered by only a few schools in the nation.
- The Wall Street Journal ranked Neeley No. 11 in a survey of top U.S. regional MBA programs. The WSJ also ranked Neeley a "Top 20" MBA program for the third consecutive year, and the highest ranked business school in Texas for the second year in a row.
- The Princeton Review's "237 Top Business Schools" ranked Neeley No. 2 in best campus facilities.
- BusinessWeek's survey of 1,400 undergraduate business school programs ranked Neeley No. 33.
- The Educational Investment Fund offers BBA and MBA students the experience of managing a $1.5 million portfolio. More than 100 universities have replicated the program.
- The BNSF Next Generation Leadership Program develops exceptional business students to be the next generation of leaders in their careers and communities.
- Master of Accounting students are noted for consistently passing all four parts of the Uniform CPA Exam by the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy with scores that rank them in the top three of Texas universities.
- The Neeley Entrepreneurship Program has one of the best student organizations in the country, sponsors a high school entrepreneur program and consistently places first in the Global Entrepreneur of the Year competition.
- The Luther King Capital Management Center offers certification programs, sponsors the Investment Strategies Conference and provides an investment camp for high school students.
- The Global Supply Chain Conference, sponsored by the Supply and Value Chain Center, addresses critical issues with prominent keynote speakers.
- The Tandy Center for Executive Leadership hosts prominent business speakers, provides executive education and coordinates Next Generation Leadership for business undergraduates.
- The Neeley Fellows Program educates business undergraduates of extraordinary potential through curricular and co-curricular learning opportunities.
College of Communication
- The annual Schieffer Symposium brings high-profile media figures such as Tom Brokaw, Bob Woodward, Tom Friedman, Judy Woodruff and Larry Kramer to the campus. Distinguished broadcast journalist Bob Schieffer '59, for whom the Schieffer School of Journalism is named, moderates the discussions.
- The Department of Communication Studies has two faculty members ranked in the top 100 all-time active and prolific scholars in the field. Dr. Ralph R. Behnke is ranked in the top ten.
- The Mercer Presentation Showcase gives communication studies students experience with the most advanced presentation technology in an executive boardroom setting.
- TCU News Now won the 2005 Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Award - best in the nation status - for non-daily television newscasts.
- The MS degree in advertising/public relations recently was named among the top 50 in the country. PR Educator has listed the advertising/public relations program as one of 23 national "premier programs."
- The Schieffer School of Journalism, one of only 18 private universities accredited by the Accrediting Council for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, is recognized for award-winning student publications, The TCU Daily Skiff and Image Magazine.
- Real World Integrated Marketing Communication, a student advertising-public relations agency for non-profit clients, provides professional experience for TCU students.
- The student production Tusccana, which was shot it Italy, took first prize in the 2006 Accolade competition.
- RTVF's original show Studio 13 has been broadcast on Superstation TBS and Burly Bear National College Television Network.
- The Tandy Film Library now has close to 14,000 titles, making it the largest collection of movies and television shows outside of New York or Los Angeles.
School of Education
- School of Education graduates are in demand by school districts throughout Texas and the region. For the last eight years, 100 percent of the school's certification graduates have been employed.
- All teacher education programs at TCU are fully accredited by the state. The pass rate for TCU students on the Texas state exam typically exceeds 98 percent and in the most recently reported year was 100 percent.
- With KinderFrogs School for small children with Down syndrome and Starpoint School for students with learning differences, TCU is the only school in the nation with two special education laboratory schools, and both schools serve as on-campus training sites for TCU students. The new Alice S. Neeley Institute for Special Education will boost the involvement of the university's faculty and students with the laboratory schools.
- The Center for Urban Education strengthens the work of the students and faculty of the School of Education in urban areas. TCU graduates are prepared to work with students from all backgrounds.
- The Institute of Math, Science & Technology Education, a cooperative effort between the School of Education and the College of Science & Engineering, has worked with 35 school districts and 337 schools throughout the Metroplex. Last year, 601 K-12 teachers completed training for continuing professional education credit through the institute.
College of Fine Arts
- The biennial Latin American Music Festival draws world-renowned artists, musicians and composers to the Metroplex. The Mimir Chamber Music Festival brings some of the country's most talented string and piano artists to Fort Worth each July.
- PianoTexas International Academy & Festival collaborates each summer with the Van Cliburn Foundation to provide young pianists exposure to world-class artists and teachers, as well as the opportunity to perform with a professional orchestra.
- The TCU Jazz Ensemble has performed at the Montreux, Vienna and North Sea jazz festivals and other international venues, while the TCU choirs have performed at Carnegie Hall four of the last five years.
- The ballet and modern dance department regularly offers students opportunities to perform internationally, most recently in Mexico and Japan.
- The theatre department often collaborates on productions with professional theaters in Fort Worth.
- The Art History program offers study at internationally recognized museums such as the Kimbell Art Museum, the Amon Carter Museum and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences
- Graduate and undergraduate students in both speech language pathology (English or Spanish) and habilitation of the deaf work with faculty to provide services to children and adults.
- Nursing offers an accelerated track to students with degrees in other fields, allowing them to complete the BSN in only 15 months, as well as an online Master of Science in Nursing for nurses who already have a BSN or an associate's degree.
- Four nursing faculty members won highly competitive research grants from the National Institutes of Health.
- Social work students gain intensive practical experience in agencies such as child protective services, senior centers, schools, corrections and healthcare.
- Kinesiology students conduct research with their professors in muscle development and endurance. Students in the athletic training program work with TCU teams.
- TCU's School of Nurse Anesthesia is helping address the critical shortage of practitioners in this vital field. Students practice with a Human Patient Simulator that mimics the human response, followed by 17 months of actual clinical experience.
College of Science & Engineering
- In the Engineering Program's yearlong senior interdisciplinary design project, student teams develop solutions for projects supplied by such organizations as Alcon Laboratories, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, Bell Helicopter Textron and the U.S. Army. For a recent project, Design News awarded TCU first place among all universities in a national design competition, the ANSYS College Design Engineering Award.
- The PreHealth Professions Program for prospective doctors, dentists and veterinarians enjoys an acceptance rate at professional schools that is about twice the national average.
- The Monnig Meteorite Gallery houses one of the finest university-based meteorite collections in the world.
- At the TCU Center for Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS), students utilize the latest computers and software to process NASA satellite and space shuttle data for geological and environmental mapping of the earth. They use GIS technology to acquire, store, manage and visualize environmental and geographic data.
- The Institute for Environmental Studies offers an undergraduate degree structured around students' areas of interest. TCU also offers three master's degrees in environmental studies, including the new Master of Environmental Management, a two-year professional master's degree offered in conjunction with the Neeley School of Business.
- TCU's Institute for Child Development is partnering with the Falk Center for Molecular Therapeutics, Neuroscience, Inc., and the Theraplay® Institute to develop and evaluate numerous research-based interventions for at-risk children.
Other Academic Highlights
- The distinctive TCU Core Curriculum provides the opportunity for students to explore significant achievements in the liberal arts while gaining an understanding of the past, an awareness of the global and cultural issues of the present, and a foundation for becoming responsible citizens and ethical leaders in the future.
- The nationally recognized William L. Adams Center for Writing conducts more than 3,500 face-to-face tutoring sessions a year and offers an online lab to help students develop writing proficiency.
- The Honors Program, TCU's flagship academic program, annually brings high-profile figures to campus for its Fogelson Lecture. Speakers have included David McCullough, George Mitchell, Mary Matalin and James Carville.
- The Ranch Management Program is a unique, internationally recognized agribusiness program that combines technology with field-based instruction.
- The Jewish Studies Program's annual Gates of Chai Lecture features such internationally known figures as Elie Wiesel, Chaim Potok, Rabbi Harold Kushner and Ambassador Dennis Ross.
- Endowed chairs and professorships are among the highest forms of recognition that a university can bestow. At TCU and Brite Divinity School, 45 such endowed positions support distinguished scholarship and bring deserved prestige to notable professors.
- The Strategic Initiatives Fund was developed to advance goals established through Vision in Action, TCU's strategic planning effort. To date, more than 50 faculty and staff members have been awarded Strategic Initiative Fund grants, totaling $2.2 million. This "venture capital" provides support for a wide range of outstanding programs. Three examples:
- The Fort Worth ISD Workplace Spanish Project provides nearly 300 teachers and staff with Spanish language training geared specifically to the K-12 school environment.
- The TCU Institute of Child Development is swiftly garnering a national and international reputation for the development of research-based interventions for vulnerable children, and those who have been harmed by trauma, abuse, and neglect. The institute provides unique academic and internship opportunities for undergraduates who will pursue careers working with such children and their families.
- Ten theatre students participated in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, the largest arts festival in the world. Patrons from around the globe saw their original performance piece, The Girl of 10,000 Smiles.
- The TCU London Centre offers students a unique opportunity to learn and gain TCU credit while studying in a major international capital.
- TCU students can study abroad in almost any location in the world through TCU-sponsored programs, summer-abroad offerings, or affiliated study abroad programs.
- International students at TCU come from more than 85 countries, greatly enhancing the university community.
- TCU and Fort Worth represent the "New Texas" - vibrant, globally oriented and on the move. Recognizing the university's unique contributions to the city, the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce recognized TCU with the 2006 Spirit of Enterprise Award.
- TCU is a key partner in the Berry Street Initiative that is working to create a new urban village in the neighborhood south of the campus. The $47-million GrandMarc at Westberry Place, a new multi-use residential development for students, is the cornerstone in the rebirth of the Berry Street corridor.
- The Community Scholars program, which targets local, predominantly minority high schools, provides scholarships for academically qualified students to attend TCU.
- The Neeley School joins forces with the Society for Financial Service Professionals to present the Greater Tarrant Business Ethics Awards.
- Federal grants have helped the kinesiology program provide Fort Worth schools with physical education equipment, including climbing walls and fitness rooms, as well as curriculum programs and teacher training.
- TCU students, faculty and staff volunteer thousands of hours annually working with local social service organizations such as schools, women's shelters, community centers, public parks and health departments. This equates to roughly $500,000 in savings for more than 250 social service agencies in the Fort Worth area that otherwise would have had to hire additional staff to meet the needs of the community.
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