University description (as per official university website)
When the Civil War ended in the United States in 1865, General Robert E. Lee was invited to lend his name to several business enterprises for money. Instead of accepting the lucrative offers, General Lee decided to give the remainder of his life to education. In explanation, he wrote, "The best thing that any man can do for the South is to build it with citizens."
Addison Clark, another former Confederate Army officer, made a similar statement about the same time without knowing that Lee had taken such a stand.
Addison and his brother, Randolph (also a former Confederate officer), came home to Fort Worth determined to educate young men and women as Christian citizens who would help rebuild the shattered nation. Their initial plans to teach in a public school were thwarted when the federal government passed a law that came to be called the "Iron Bound Oath" which prohibited any individual who had ever fought against the federal government from ever holding any position of honor or trust in the public sector. The law essentially disenfranchised every confederate veteran from ever holding office - including teaching in public schools.
The two brothers decided to open a private school and began teaching classes in 1868 on a site located in downtown Fort Worth where the First Christian Church now stands.
By 1869, their father, Joseph Clark, was so encouraged by their endeavors that he bought a plot of land on which to build a school near the site of the present convention center.
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
Our Core Values
TCU values academic achievement, personal freedom and integrity, the dignity and respect of the individual, and a heritage of inclusiveness, tolerance and service.
How to Apply
Need-Based Financial Aid
Submit Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. TCU's school code is 003636.
* March 15 - Recommended Filing Date
* May 1 - Priority Funding Deadline: If FAFSA is received by TCU on or before May 1, student will be evaluated for all types of need-based aid (grants, work-study, and loans).
* After May 1 - If TCU receives your FAFSA data after May 1, students will be awarded loan eligibility; grant funds only awarded if funds are available.
Once TCU receives the electronic results from your FAFSA, we may request additional supporting documentation. Please be sure to submit any additional requested information to the TCU Financial Aid office as soon as possible. The Financial Aid office will begin notifying recipients in early to mid-March.
Apply for admission to the University by December 15. (No additional application is necessary.) Scholarship recipients will be notified in mid March.
Fine Arts Awards
Auditions for these awards generally take place at the beginning of the spring semester. Please schedule auditions by early January.
To schedule an audition, contact the specific department. Addresses and phone numbers are listed under performance awards.
Recipients will be notified in April.
Other Financial Aid
Please contact the TCU Office of Scholarships and Student Financial Aid for information on any other assistance programs.