Student Success

The Student Success team supports students throughout their time at TCU by creating meaningful and high-impact programs and services.

Leaders for Life

This four-year selective cohort sets students up for success in and outside the classroom.

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TCU Transfer Services

TCU Transfer Services is the place for transfer students. Whether you are transferring to TCU or a current transfer student, we are here to help you get connected and be successful at TCU. We are excited to help you transition to TCU and find your place in the Horned Frog Family.

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Programs by Class Year

There is something special available for each class at TCU, take a look at specific programs we have for Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors.


Apply to be on the Sophomore Getaway 2021 Director Board HERE!


The Sophomore Getaway is a 2-day, off-campus retreat experience designed to help second-year students explore issues of purpose, identity, and life direction with peers and faculty/staff guides. Utilizing personal reflection, small group experiences, and large group sessions, the Sophomore Getaway provides students the opportunity to:

    • Connect with peers experiencing similar life challenges
    • Build relationships with faculty/staff guides who ask good questions and offer wise counsel
    • Make meaning of the first year-and-a-half of college
    • Develop understanding and skills about resilience in the midst of life’s demands and adversities
    • Gain clarity about priorities, choices, commitments, and future direction
    • All this, plus fun, relaxation, great food, and nice accommodations

The Sophomore Getaway happens in January each year and advertisements and registration happen in the fall.

Leadership opportunities include the position of Sophomore Getaway Directors and applications for those take place in the spring.


The Sophomore Pinning celebrates your return to campus. The purpose of this event is to recognize the demonstrated intent of sophomores to complete their education at TCU, encourage sophomores to assume their role as rising campus leaders, and foster a stronger connection and deeper affinity to their class and the institution as a whole.

Students will participate in a brief ceremony, receive a class pin, and enjoy entertainment. Parent and family members are welcome to attend. Seating may be limited due to space and registration is required for planning purposes. More details below:

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions:

    • Dress is casual, come as you are!
    • The program lasts under an hour.
    • Since it’s Family Weekend and there are many events on the calendar, we understand that schedule conflicts may occur. Students are welcome to get a class pin the week after the event in BLUU Suite 2003 (Student Development Services) on a first-come, first-served basis. Pins from previous years will also be available.
    • You may attend a Pinning ceremony more than once if your anticipated graduation year changes.

First created in 2002, The Ferrari Mission Award was given annually by Student Government to honor students who lived and carried out the University’s mission statement. Today, the Chancellor’s Office and Student Development Services partner in providing Mission Statement Scholarships totaling $6,000 each year. Three students (rising seniors) are presented a $2,000 award at the Celebration of University Leadership in recognition for demonstrating excellence in fulfilling the TCU mission.


To educate individuals to think and act as ethical leaders and responsible citizens in the global community.

 APPLY HERE | 2020 Deadline is February 7
Questions? Please email

Application Process

Each application must include the following items:

1) Three letters of recommendation to be submitted online >> CLICK HERE FOR FORM

One from each of these categories:

1. TCU Faculty Member (Professor)
2. TCU Faculty Member or Professional Staff Member
3. Anyone Inside or Outside the TCU Community

We have provided a helpful information sheet for applicants to take to their recommenders with online submission instructions and more. 2020 MSS – Recommendation Request Sheet

2) A well crafted resume
Applicants are advised to have resumes critiqued by University Career Services prior to submission. Resume highlights will be submitted as part of the application process.

3) A reflective writing submission
Applicants submit responses to the following questions, separately addressing each of the five sections:

An Educated Individual (150-250 words)
What is the most meaningful way you have become an educated individual while at TCU?
What is a specific example of how you plan to become a more educated individual as a TCU alumna or alumnus?

An Ethical Leader (150-250 words)
What is the most meaningful thing you have learned about ethical leadership while at TCU?
How have you demonstrated ethical leadership?
What is a specific example of how you plan to apply ethical leadership as a TCU alumna or alumnus?

A Responsible Citizen (150-250 words)
What is the most meaningful thing you have learned about responsible citizenship while at TCU?
How have you demonstrated responsible citizenship?
What is a specific example of how you plan to act as a responsible citizen as a TCU alumna or alumnus?

The Global Community (150-250 words)
What is the most meaningful thing you have learned about the global community while at TCU?
How have you been involved in the global community?
What is a specific example of how you plan to be involved with the global community as a TCU alumna or alumnus?

What else about you would you like the selection committee to consider? (100-150 words)


Selection Process
A diverse selection committee from the TCU community is called on to review applications. Members of the selection committee cannot serve as recommenders for scholarship applicants. Members of the committee judge applications in consideration of the Cognitive and Ethical Capacities for TCU Students issued by the TCU Quality Enhancement Council. The various parts of the application are each scored and weighted as follows:

Reflective Writing Submission – 60%
Letters of Recommendation – 30% (10% each)
Resume Highlights – 10%

After scoring, the committee selects 6 finalists to be reviewed by the Chancellor and Provost, who then select the three scholarship recipients.


**TCU juniors who are in good standing with the university are eligible to apply. December graduates are welcome to participate. Students are only allowed to apply once so if you are just barely a junior by hours, but will remain a junior during the next application period, you may have more to write about at that later time. Use your best judgment to decide when to apply, but know you are only eligible to apply once.

NOTE: Students currently receiving any type of scholarship or financial aid, including those on a tuition benefit or tuition exchange because they have a family member working at TCU or another university, should contact financial aid prior to applying to make sure they are eligible. It is the responsibility of the applicant to check their eligibility.

Lunch Lottery is an opportunity for students in their junior year to dine with a faculty or staff member and begin a new mentoring relationship. Lunch Lottery discussions can center around topics like educational journeys, career development, internships, graduate school, and healthy lifestyles.

Many rewarding mentoring relationships and connections have been made as a result of a Lunch Lottery match up! From connections in industries to internships to learning more about professions or fields of study- both juniors and TCU faculty and staff enjoy and benefit from Lunch Lottery.

Lunch Lottery happens each semester and registration takes place online.

SDS is proud to present members of the Class of 2020. These students were nominated and selected to share their stories with the TCU community. Their stories focus on finding your fit, diversity, equity & inclusion, discovering your passions, building community and embracing change. You do not want to miss even one of the incredible stories below!

Clayton Dana-Bashian | The Long Walk – A Discussion of Loss and Support Systems in College

Jacob Buttry | Lessons from My Mental Health Journey

Makenzie Honeywell | Set Your Heart on Fire

Anna Breck | Embracing (and even learning to love) Change

Jeromy McKnight | Passing the Torch

A kick-off event exclusively for seniors and held within the first few weeks of class. Enjoy connecting with individuals from across campus that are vested in your success during your Senior Year! Enjoy some food, entertainment, networking, and an exclusive Senior giveaway!

  • At the Senior Ring Ceremony on Family Weekend, seniors process to formally receive their rings from the Chancellor. While at the event, seniors can complete elegantly printed thank you cards to recognize the importance of support from their family members. Our office provides the postage and mailing.

A Family Weekend presentation and discussion with students and their family members about the common issues in this very common and often challenging transition.

Join fellow seniors for a weekend of relaxation and reflection, while learning from recent TCU alumni.

Seniors hear from guest speakers and participate in workshops on the skills and information required for success after graduation, such as:

    • Researching & Applying to Graduate/Professional Programs
    • Making the Most of Graduate/Professional School
    • Financial Management & Planning
    • Entering the Job Market
    • Relocation & Independent Living
    • Getting Along at Work: Ethics and Etiquette in the Workplace
    • Building a New Social Life

Usually on the Wednesday following Final Exam Day in May, this TCU tradition has seniors enjoying a casual dinner with the Chancellor. The Chancellor offers the graduating class a formal toast, and then facilitates an unparalleled distribution of valuable prizes.

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