Texas Christian University moved up six spots in the 2015 U.S. News & World Report rankings of national universities from 82 to 76. Overall TCU’s rise in the rankings is impressive. In fall 2008, TCU was ranked 113th in the nation in the published 2009 U.S. News & World Report rankings. Today, TCU is ranked 76th in the 2015 rankings, a 37 point jump over a relatively small number of years. Additionally, the Neeley School of Business was ranked 79th in the nation, while our engineering program was ranked 47th. Some indicators of success during this time period include:
- In 2007, TCU broke the 10,000 application number; by 2008, it received 14,075 applications.
- In 2008, TCU launched the public phase of its $250 million campaign, but ended up raising $434 million.
- In 2008, the Campus Commons and Brown-Lupton University Union opened, transforming the center of campus.
- In 2010 and 2011, TCU made a BCS appearance in the Fiesta Bowl and then the Rose Bowl and appearances in the baseball College World Series in 2010 and 2014.
- In 2013, with the highest SAT and ACT scores in history from the incoming class, TCU became the second most selective school in Texas.
Earlier this year The Chronicle of Higher Education recognized the University as one of the “Great Colleges to Work For,” a recognition in which TCU was included on the Honor Roll for recognition in almost all categories.
TCU has been on an exciting journey to become a world-class, values-centered university through its strategic plan, Vision in Action: The Academy of Tomorrow. The increased ranking is one indicator of progress toward that goal. The Academy of Tomorrow is all about our people, programs and the facilities in which they “live.” It preserves our shared values, heritage and traditions, while ensuring that TCU adapts to an ever-changing, complex global environment.
Moving forward, TCU will emphasize its academic profile and reputation by directing more attention and resources to its people and programs. Over the past decade, TCU has focused a significant amount of resources toward addressing student debt. This year, the total financial aid budget is $133.4 million dollars, an increase over the past five years of 72 percent. Additionally, over the past 10 years, TCU has invested more than $160 million in donor-funded endowed scholarship support that will benefit students in perpetuity.
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