Admissions General Policies
Credit by Examination and Portfolio Assessment
Credit for Military Service
Nonresidential Course Work


Texas Christian University does not discriminate on the basis of personal status, individual characteristics or group affiliation, including but not limited to classes protected under federal and state law.

Applications for admission to the undergraduate schools and colleges and requests for further information should be addressed to the Office of Admission, Room 112 of Sadler Hall; the mailing address is TCU Box 297013, Fort Worth, Texas 76129. Non-degree students should contact the Office of Extended Education, TCU Box 297026, Fort Worth, Texas 76129.

General Policies

Admission to the University. Qualified undergraduate students are admitted to the University rather than to a specific program, school or college. Application deadlines and notification dates for freshman and transfer applicants are stated in the Application for Undergraduate Admission. Deadlines for applying for financial aid may be obtained by contacting the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.

Health Record and Insurance. All new students, regardless of academic classification, must have a Report of Medical History on file in the Brown-Lupton Health Center. All undergraduate students taking nine or more semester hours are required to have health insurance either through the Texas Christian University Student Health Insurance Plan or through another individual or family plan. Students who do not choose to participate in the University¿s Student Health Insurance Plan must waive participation online by entering before a specific deadline the name of their private insurance carrier.

Residence Hall Requirement.
Unmarried students under 21 years of age classified as freshmen at the time of registration and enrolling for nine or more semester hours are required to live on campus unless living at their parents' residence. Students who are 17 years old or younger at the time of registration will be approved to live in residence halls on a case-by-case basis.

International Visa Students. Refer to section titled Admission of International Students.

Credit by Examination and Portfolio Assessment

Through several methods, students may earn academic credit for college-level learning by taking an examination in the appropriate area. Credit granted usually can be used to satisfy specific and general degree requirements. Refer to the section "Bachelor Degree Requirements" found elsewhere in this bulletin.

The credit by examination procedures are reviewed and updated annually. A current brochure is available from the Office of Admission, and information is also available online at

On a limited basis, portfolio assessment is another method used to earn academic credit for college-level learning. A portfolio is a formal, written document including a résumé, detailed personal history, description of skills and competencies, and documentation to support the student's request for credit. Only limited credit has been approved using this method. More information on the portfolio assessment program can be obtained by contacting Office of Extended Education, (817) 257-7130.

Credit for Military Service

The University follows, with limitations, the recommendations of the American Council on Education as published in the Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services in granting credit for military service schools.

Courses must be in the "baccalaureate/associate degree category" as defined by the ACE Guide. This requirement precludes acceptance of vocational, technical or certificate category courses, or military occupational specialties or job experience.

For consideration of credit from military service schools, the applicant must submit the following military records:

1. certified original of the DD Form 295, or
2. copy of the DD Form 214, or
3. course completion certificates, or
4. a Community College of the Air Force transcript.

The Office of the Registrar will assist persons eligible for veterans education assistance benefits.

Nonresidential Course Work

The University examines all nonresidential learning experiences and grants credit on a case-by-case basis.

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