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The Requirements: 2 short essays of 100 words or less; 1 optional creative essay
Think of this supplement as a “lightning round.” Each brief question targets a different part of who you are — from your academic ambitions, to your personality, to your deeper feelings. Prepare to write some short, sharp answers to wow TCU admissions.
You’ve only got 100 words to show TCU that you’re a match made in heaven! To ensure that each word has maximum impact, take some time to do your research on the school, your chosen major, and any activities that interest you. In any college essay, specificity is key, but in this case you just don’t have time to generalize. Focus on specific aspects of the TCU experience, and don’t forget to connect them to your life! Admissions wants to learn more about you, so aim to show how a TCU education would build on your current interests and pursuits.
(For reference, the paragraph you just read is exactly 100 words.)
TCU wants to accept students who will contribute to their diversity, equity and inclusivity on campus. So, tell admissions about what you bring to the table. Ideally, the unique aspect of your identity that you select should come with a couple anecdotes. Maybe you want to write about your gender identity, and give admissions a glimpse into what it’s like to be a trans teenager in 2021. Perhaps you embody #BlackGirlMagic and always take the opportunity to celebrate your heritage and community — on-campus or off. Regardless of the contribution you believe you will bring with you to an inclusive college environment, be specific in your response to this prompt and use this opportunity to speak to admissions in your own authentic voice. (Because there’s no one quite like you!)
In general, we believe you should take every opportunity presented to speak to admissions in your own voice. In this case, we think it’s extra important because the other two supplemental essays are so short! What have you made in the past year or so that you are especially proud of? What might surprise an admissions officer who has read the rest of your application? While the sky’s the limit, we want to remind you that this is your first impression. If you plan to share a piece of your digital presence, be sure it’s polished and professional.