After attending Academic Orientation and Frog Camp, it is time for students to make a connection to the TCU community. Connections is a 10-week program specifically designed to help new students transition successfully to college life.

The mission of Connections is to encourage a smooth transition to college life for first-year students by providing opportunities for peer networking, skill building, leadership development and faculty involvement.

Connections offers:

  • A consistent group of first-year students who serve as a support and networking group;
  • Interaction with successful, upper-class student mentors;
  • Significant interaction with a faculty member outside a classroom setting; and
  • Class activities that develop leadership, academic and life skills

Over the course of 10 weeks, small groups of students meet to discuss campus resources, leadership and learning styles, ethical decision making, personal priorities, global citizenship and service learning. In addition, two upper-class student mentors and a faculty sponsor assist the students in gaining the skills and knowledge necessary to be successful at TCU. Whether in the classroom, on the challenge course, at a service project or cheering on the Horned Frogs at an athletic event, Connections is a fun and worthwhile experience for new students, whether they are new to University life or transferring from another college.

For more information, contact the TCU Leadership Center at 817.257.7855 or visit

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