Parent & Family Information

Welcome to the Horned Frog Family!

Congratulations to your student for being selected as a member of the newest incoming class at TCU! We know you are very proud of their outstanding accomplishment. What an exciting time it is in the life of your family! Whether your first or fifth student is attending college/TCU, it is the first time for THIS son or daughter.

Incoming freshmen arrive at TCU for orientation. Photo by Amy Peterson, June 26, 2019

We know there are many things on your mind!  We will continue to add to this page with everything you need to know, and we will include answers to the most frequently asked questions.

First things first. If your student has been accepted to TCU and knows they will be here in the fall- the first thing to do is pay the enrollment deposit. The $500 nonrefundable enrollment deposit lets TCU know your student is officially a Horned Frog!

Orientation is TCU’s next step for incoming students. This program is where incoming students will learn about campus resources and life as a TCU student with their Orientation Leaders (OLs), while also being advised and registering for their fall classes. Many parents ask, “Should I go to Orientation?” The answer is a resounding, “Absolutely!” If you are able, your student will be happy you are here and so will we. Students can bring two family members/guests with them to Orientation.

To see the Orientation schedule, please download the Guidebook App on your phone, select “find a guide,” and search for TCU First Year Experience. Note the schedules for summer orientation will not post until May.

A TCU tradition since 1993, Frog Camp provides incoming students with an opportunity to make new friends, experience TCU spirit, and learn what it takes to be a Horned Frog. TCU is preparing to host in-person Frog Camps this summer with sessions beginning mid-June. More details will be available at

To find out more about the Housing experience, please visit First Year Housing.

We are thrilled to welcome you and your student to TCU!

University Calendar

For the most up to date Academic Calendar, please visit the Registrar’s Website and select calendars from the left hand menu.
*Note: The “Five Year Calendar” on the Registrar’s Website is intended for planning purposes and may change. Utilize each semester specific calendar for the most accurate information.

Fall 2023

August 21: First day of classes
September 4: Labor Day; University holiday
October 5-6: Fall Break; no classes
October 17: Advising for Spring Semester course selection begins
November 13: Undergraduate enrollment appointments begin
November 20-24: Thanksgiving break; no classes
December 6: Last day of classes
December 7-8: Study Days
December 11-15: Final Exams (see schedule here)
December 16: Commencement Ceremonies (more information)

Above dates subject to change. Official semester dates, holidays, final exams and academic calendars are maintained by the Registrar’s Office.

Family Weekend 2023

September 22 – September 24

Join us on campus for a weekend of events and school spirit.  Look for more information, including a schedule of events, football ticket information, and our exclusive mom, dad, and grandparent apparel, available at

Congratulations, you have a graduating senior!

Spring Commencement on the campus commons, new grad locks arms with family members. Photo by Glen Ellman

Fall 2023 Graduation Ceremony

Saturday, December 16. Details at

Spring 2024 Graduation Ceremonies

Anticipated Saturday, May 11 & Sunday, May 12: Details TBD and posted at

Next Steps

Graduating students have a few steps to complete before Commencement. Help your student navigate the process by becoming familiar with the steps.

Graduates Steps to Graduation

Contact Parent & Family Programs

Our staff is here to provide support, encouragement and accurate information to parents and family members of TCU Horned Frogs.


Stay in Touch

There are a few ways to stay in touch with happenings at the university. We encourage you to follow the TCU Parent & Family Programs Facebook Page where university staff will post information and announcements specifically for families.

Additionally, the TCU Parents Association Facebook Group is very and a great place for parents to connect, provide support, and have discussion. This is moderated by members of the TCU Parent Council.

Finally, from time-to-time the university will send email communications. Sign up for parent communications or update your contact information with TCU.