Chances of getting into Texas Christian University

Texas Christian University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
40.7%
Admission Difficulty for Texas Christian University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsVery High
Applicant CompetitionAverage

How hard is it to get into TCU and can I get accepted? The school has a 41% acceptance rate ranking it #11 in Texas for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 8,210 out of 20,156 applicants were admitted making TCU a more competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants.  Academically, it has very high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 25 percent. Texas Christian University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 27% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

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TCU SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1150-1340
Applicants Submitting SAT
41%
SAT Scores for Texas Christian University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 580
SAT Math 25th 570
SAT Composite 25th 1150
SAT Scores for Texas Christian University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 660
SAT Math 75th 680
SAT Composite 75th 1340
Average SAT Score 1250

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What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Texas Christian University?

Texas Christian University typically requires applicants to be in the top 32 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1150 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1050. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1250 out of 1600. The school ranks #8 in Texas for highest average SAT composite score. 41 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

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Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Texas Christian University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1340 and Above Good >54%
1245 to 1340 Avg + 41%-54%
1150 to 1245 Avg - 29%-41%
1055 to 1150 Reach 19%-29%
Less than 1055 Low <19%
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TCU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
26-30 
Applicants Submitting ACT
59%
ACT Scores for Texas Christian University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 26
ACT Math 25th 25
ACT Composite 25th 26
ACT Scores for Texas Christian University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 34
ACT Math 75th 29
ACT Composite 75th 30
Average ACT Score 28

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into TCU?

Admission data indicates that TCU regularly accepts students with ACT's of 26 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 18 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 24 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 28 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 30 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #8 in Texas for highest average ACT composite score. 59 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Texas Christian University.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Texas Christian University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
30 and Above Good >54%
28 to 30 Avg + 41%-54%
26 to 28 Avg - 29%-41%
24 to 26 Reach 19%-29%
Less than 24 Low <19%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.68*
Typical High School Grades
B+

You will need very good grades in high school to get into Texas Christian University. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Texas Christian University was 3.68 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #9 in Texas for highest average GPA. Even with a competitive GPA, admission to TCU will be challenging as the school denies more applicants than it admits.

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High School Class Rank

75% of Texas Christian University freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Texas Christian University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 42%
Top 25% of class 75%
Top 50% of class 96%
Bottom 50% of class 4%
Bottom 25% of class 0%

Admission Statistics

Texas Christian University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 11,711 8,445 20,156
Accepted 4,952 3,258 8,210
Acceptance Rate 42% 39% 41%
Enrolled 1,310 884 2,194
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 26% 27% 27%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Feb 15, 2020
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2020 has passed. Applications were due on Feb 15, 2020.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Texas Christian University and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Texas Christian University Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Texas Christian University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=228875 IPEDS survey data for Texas Christian University.

Frequently Asked Questions

41% of students submit their SAT scores to TCU. 59% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

41% of those who apply are granted admission to TCU. Admission competition is low and the college has very high admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1150 and 1340. 41% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 26 and 30. 59% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.