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Chances of getting into Texas Christian University

Acceptance Rate

Admitted 
48%
Admission Difficulty for Texas Christian University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Very High 
Applicant Competition Average 
How hard is it to get into TCU and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at TCU is 48%.  It ranks #8 in Texas for lowest rate of acceptance. TCU is a more competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants. Last year, 10,155 out of 21,145 applicants were admitted.

The school has very high admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 30 percent (SAT 1110/1320 ACT 25/31). Texas Christian University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.68. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top quarter of their high school class. 23% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The TCU application fee is $50 and applications are due by Mar 1.

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Texas Christian University. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 41% of students submitted SAT scores and 59% submitted ACT scores for admission for the 2021/2022 academic year..

TCU SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
1110-1320
Applicants Submitting SAT 
41%
SAT Scores for Texas Christian University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 560
SAT Math 25th 550
SAT Composite 25th 1110
SAT Scores for Texas Christian University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 660
SAT Math 75th 660
SAT Composite 75th 1320
Average SAT Score 1220

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

Texas Christian University typically prefers applicants to be in the top 39 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1110 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 1000. The average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1220 out of 1600. TCU ranks #10 in Texas and #227 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score. 41 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Texas Christian University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1320 and Above Good >64%
1215 to 1320 Avg + 48%-64%
1110 to 1215 Avg - 33%-48%
1005 to 1110 Reach 20%-33%
Less than 1005 Low <20%
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TCU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
25-31 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
59%
ACT Scores for Texas Christian University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 25
ACT Math 25th 24
ACT Composite 25th 25
ACT Scores for Texas Christian University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 34
ACT Math 75th 29
ACT Composite 75th 31
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 25 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 22 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 22 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 31 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #7 in Texas and #163 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score. 59 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Texas Christian University.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Texas Christian University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
31 and Above Good >64%
28 to 31 Avg + 48%-64%
25 to 28 Avg - 33%-48%
22 to 25 Reach 20%-33%
Less than 22 Low <20%
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TCU GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

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

What GPA do you need to get into Texas Christian University?

Applicants require very good grades in high school to get into TCU. 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 #11 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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*This school has not released high school GPA data for its incoming freshmen. In these cases, CollegeSimply employs an artificial intelligence (AI) process to predict GPA based on this school's test scores and a large sample of other colleges' data. 3.68 is an estimate of the school's average incoming freshman GPA.

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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 47%
Top 25% of class 75%
Top 50% of class 95%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Texas Christian University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 13,020 8,125 21,145
Accepted 6,374 3,781 10,155
Acceptance Rate 49% 47% 48%
Enrolled 1,412 875 2,287
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 22% 23% 23%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Mar 1, 2023
Days left to Apply
91

Applicants have 91 days left until the Fall 2022 term applications are due on Mar 1, 2023.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Texas Christian University is $50.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Texas Christian University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Texas Christian University Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not 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.

FAQs

Does Texas Christian University prefer SAT or ACT?

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

What is my chance of getting into Texas Christian University?

48% 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.

What SAT score is required for Texas Christian University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1110 and 1320. 41% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Texas Christian University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 25 and 31. 59% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.