First Year Experience – 2021

Welcome to our Newest Horned Frogs!

The TCU Community is excited to welcome you to campus. First Year Experience is here to support the transition of TCU students and their families as you take the next step in your collegiate journey. As you begin to plan for your transition to TCU, be sure to take a look at the information provided for Orientation and Frog Camp below.

Please note that plans may change as we continue to navigate COVID-19. Adjustments may be necessary based on university, local, state, and federal guidelines related to COVID-19.

Ready for your journey to TCU? Let us map it out.

Submit Deposit

Submit your Tuition Deposit. The First Year Experience reservation options (Orientation & Frog Camp) will not appear in your myTCU portal until after the payment is processed. The link to pay your tuition deposit can be found in the green “Just Accepted to TCU” banner below, click the arrow.

Register for Orientation and/or Frog Camp

You can register for Orientation and Frog Camp starting April 13th at 4:00pm CDT, by logging in to your myTCU portal and clicking on the Admission Status tile. You will be prompted to complete several general information forms and then will have the ability to register for an Orientation and Frog Camp session. If you anticipate needing an accommodation and would like to make a special request, please be sure to complete that section when registering for Orientation and/or Frog Camp.  Please do so, when possible, at least 10 business days before your scheduled session.

Orientation provides incoming students an opportunity to learn the basics of academic life at TCU, register for classes, and hear about campus resources. Orientation is required for all incoming students and you have the option to bring one family member or guest along to experience our family/guest Orientation. Orientation will be a two-day, in-person experience on TCU’s campus.  Students are required to spend the night in the residence hall during the program. However, this summer we will provide one all-virtual Orientation experience for those unable to travel to Fort Worth in June/July.

Frog Camp, a TCU tradition since 1993, provides incoming students an opportunity to experience TCU spirit and to make new connections with fellow incoming students, upper-division students, and faculty & staff. Frog Camp is an optional, in-person experience, but we highly recommend this experience to create those new connections before the academic year begins. You’ll be able to choose among several amazing environments where you’ll make new friends in a small group of new students. You’ll learn TCU traditions, discuss starting college and learn what it takes to be a Horned Frog. Frog Camps held in Texas are free of charge, and costs of other Frog Camps are listed with their descriptions on the Frog Camp web page. Don’t miss out on participating in one of the most talked about TCU traditions.

Frogs First is a series of welcome events that happens the first weekend at TCU in the fall. During these few days, new students engage a conversation with faculty and staff during the Common Reading program, students are connected to the campus community through interactive and social activities, and will receive resources that will allow them to be successful and fulfilled Horned Frogs.

Health & Safety Information Each individual is responsible for their health and well-being and is expected to be considerate and respectful of others.

Fully Vaccinated Individuals: Face coverings and physical distancing are optional. The COVID-19 vaccine is widely available and the CDC has stated that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear face coverings or practice physical distancing for protection against COVID-19.
Not Fully Vaccinated Individuals: TCU expects those who are not fully vaccinated to wear masks and maintain physical distancing. If exposed to a COVID-19 positive individual, TCU will require unvaccinated individuals to quarantine per CDC guidance.
Updated TCU COVID-19 Information, including case counts, updated health & safety protocols and vaccination information can be found at TCU COVID-19 Information.



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