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. Due to COVID restrictions, we’re limited to one family member per incoming student. If you are unable to attend, we have prepared online modules for Parents and Family Members, the 2021-22 Parent/Family Orientation Modules will be available after your students’ Orientation session and will be sent via email to you and your student. To see the Orientation schedule, please download the Guidebook App on your phone, select “find a guide,” and search for TCU First Year Experience.

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.

The first day of class in August is Monday, August 23, 2021. Students will move-in to their residence halls beginning on August 14, 2021. The two scheduled move-in dates for incoming students are August 14 and August 18. Student move-in dates vary depending on what activities they may be involved in (TCU Band, TCU Athletics, Panhellenic Recruitment, TCU ROTC, Frog Camp participation, etc.)  Please wait to make travel or move-in plans until you receive your move-in date and time from Housing & Residence Life.

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

Congratulations, you have a graduating senior!

Spring Commencement, 2016: on the campus commons, new grad locks arms with family members..Photo by Glen Ellman

All 2020 Graduate Ceremonies

Friday, May 7, 2021 in Amon G. Carter Stadium

4 p.m. Order of Ceremony:
AddRan College of Liberal Arts
Brite Divinity School
Bob Schieffer College of Communication
College of Education
College of Fine Arts
School of Interdisciplinary Studies
Neeley School of Business
College of Science & Engineering
Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences

May 2021 Graduate Ceremonies

Saturday, May 8, 2021 in Amon G. Carter Stadium

9 a.m. Order of Ceremony:
AddRan College of Liberal Arts
College of Education
School of Interdisciplinary Studies
Neeley School of Business

5 p.m. Order of Ceremony:
Brite Divinity School
Bob Schieffer College of Communication
College of Fine Arts
College of Science & Engineering
Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences

Guest Information for Commencement

Gates will open to the public 1 hour prior to each Commencement ceremony. Tickets are not required and there is no limit to the number of guests each graduate may have attend. Guests may hold several seats upon arrival; however, roping off or saving entire rows will not be permitted.

Free parking for Commencement will be available, Disabled parking (permit required) is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Drop offs are permitted at the Brown-Lupton University Union.

If you need wheelchair access or cannot climb steps, please arrive early and ushers will be on hand to assist you.

Safety Protocols

TCU COVID-19 safety protocols and social distancing will be followed. TCU is a tobacco-free campus and enforces a clear-bag policy for all events.

Please note: While TCU’s plans for a safe, in-person Commencement following COVID-19 protocols are firm, the university is still finalizing plans and protocols for ancillary college, organizational and department level Commencement-related events. Continue to monitor for the most up-to-date information.

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

University Calendar

Fall 2021

Aug. 23 – First day of classes
Sept. 6 – Labor Day Holiday
Oct. 14 – 17 – Fall Break
Nov. 22-28 – Thanksgiving Break
Dec. 8 – Last Day of Classes
Dec. 13 – 17 – Final Exams
Dec. 18 – Commencement

The official semester dates, holidays, final exams and 5-year academic calendars are found through the Registrar: 

Horned Frog Family Week 2021

Horned Frog Family Week(end) is back!  Join us on campus for a weekend of events and school spirit September 24-26, 2021.  For families unable to travel to Fort Worth or who want to start the celebration early, we will also feature virtual opportunities to connect and show your Horned Frog Pride the week of September 20th.  That’s why in 2021, it’s not just Family Weekend — it is Horned Frog Family Week!  Look for more information, including a schedule of events, football ticket information, and our exclusive mom, dad, and grandparent apparel, available at

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 has a very active Facebook group where parents provide support and discussion. This is moderated by members of the TCU Parent Council. Finally, from time-to-time the university will send email communications. Links to each of these resources are provided below.

Parent & Family News

Click here to access newsletters and information specifically for Parent & Family members.

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