Should I apply to the John V. Roach Honors College?
All interested students are encouraged to apply to the John V. Roach Honors College.
What does the John V. Roach Honors College look for in an application?
We seek students who will contribute to and benefit from our unique learning community, who can’t wait to join our community of learners, participate in our small seminars, and/or start designing an undergraduate research project. In addition to GPA and test scores, the admissions committee looks for students with special talents (e.g. musical, athletic, scientific, artistic), interesting hobbies or avocations, unique personal achievements, unusual life experiences, significant community involvement, or exceptional leadership qualities. We seek restless, tenacious, thoughtful students who are hungry to inquire and create, eager to discover themselves and the world beyond themselves, to listen, to speak up, and to grow.
There is no minimum GPA or test score requirement for admission. The Honors College application and TCU application are both considered when evaluating candidates; this allows multiple facets of each candidate to be considered. Average scores for the most recent class were:
- Average ACT: 33
- Average SAT: 1450
- Average unweighted GPA: 3.8
Please note that the Honors Admissions Committee always considers GPAs in the context of the program of study in which they were earned. Applicants should take care to articulate their educational background on the TCU application.
I can’t find the Honors College application in the TCU admission application?
The application to the John V. Roach Honors College is a supplemental application. You will receive this application after completing two steps:  checking the box indicating your interest in the John V. Roach Honors College, and  submitting your application to TCU.
Do I need to apply to both TCU and the John V. Roach Honors College?
Yes. Students first apply to TCU. After completing and submitting the TCU application, you will complete and submit your application to the John V. Roach Honors College.
I clicked the box on my application to TCU that says I am interested in the John V. Roach Honors College. Now what?
After clicking the box and submitting your TCU application, you will receive an email that includes a link to the honors application.
When will I receive the supplementary application to the John V. Roach Honors College?
If you checked the box in your application to TCU, you should receive an email that includes a link to the Honors College application after submitting your application for admission to TCU.
What if I forgot to check the John V. Roach Honors College box on the TCU application or realized that I want to apply to honors after submitting my TCU application?
We would love for you to apply! Contact your admissions counselor at TCU or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to request an honors application link.
What are the specific requirements for the John V. Roach Honors College application?
Students will compose and submit two essays; each essay has a word limit of 350 words.
The first essay is required of all students. The prompt is:
John V. Roach Honors College students and faculty are encouraged to take creative and thoughtful risks. Describe a time when you found the courage to do something unexpected and completely unlike you. Why did you take this risk? What did you learn from the experience? What did this experience teach you about the process of learning?
For the second essay, students have three options:
1. An identification card—a passport, driver’s license, school ID—characterizes you. It places you in groups with others who are like you and distinguishes you from those who are not like you. Analyze what your “official” identity says about you and what it omits. Do you wish it were different, and if so why?
2. When Walt Disney first described his Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow (EPCOT), he said, “Everything in EPCOT will be dedicated to the happiness of the people who will live, work, and play here… and to those who come here from all around the world to visit our living showcase.” He then proceeded to build his ideal community. Describe in detail your ideal community. Explain your choices in the creation process.
3. Salt, governments, beliefs, and celebrity couples are a few examples of things that can be dissolved. You’ve just been granted the power to dissolve anything: physical, metaphorical, abstract, concrete…you name it. Explain what you would dissolve and why. Also name and describe your choice of solvent.
Do the faculty of the John V. Roach Honors College have recommendations for addressing the essay?
Successful essays will:
- show creativity, honesty, and curiosity
- thoughtfully express your own ideas and thinking, not just offer general responses
- demonstrate writing proficiency (e.g., excellent grammar, syntax, complex structure, creative expression)
- provide clear reasoning and specific examples in support of your claims and positions
- use your voice and thoughts
- give us insight into how you think, how you reason, and what you value (academically and in life)
- demonstrate a solid understanding and thorough engagement of each prompt
What is the purpose of the attestation clause at the end of the honors application?
For the John V. Roach Honors College Review Committee to make accurate selection decisions, the writing samples students submit MUST BE THEIR OWN WORK ENTIRELY. Checking the box attesting the essays are your own work, and solely your work, will ensure accuracy in the selection process. Ultimately, we want to read essays composed by our potential future students, not their teachers, counselors, parents, or hired college advisors.
Random sampling for plagiarism will be conducted. Any work found to be plagiarized will result in the immediate elimination of the application to the Honors College, with no chance of appeal. Honesty is the best policy.
When is the application due?
The first opportunity and priority due date is November 15, 2018. Interested applicants who do not apply in November, have a second opportunity and can apply before or on the second due date of February 15, 2019.
How do I apply to the John V. Roach Honors College?
You hit “submit” after completing the application.
More specifically, you will submit your Honors College application online after uploading your essay responses in either Word or PDF. The link you received through email should direct you to the online application, which includes a submit button.
Please note that we do not accept paper copies. You should also receive a verification email acknowledging successful submission of your application to the John V. Roach Honors College.
What is the turnaround time on decisions?
All applicants who submit their honors supplemental application by November 15, 2018 will be notified by January 31, 2019.
Students submitting honors supplemental applications after November 15, 2018 but before the February 15, 2019 deadline, will receive notification decisions by April 15, 2019.
If I have already sent my transcript and/or test scores to TCU, do I need to send another copy to the John V. Roach Honors College?
No. If you have already sent transcripts or test scores to TCU, you do not need to resend them to the John V. Roach Honors College.
Can transfer students apply to the John V. Roach Honors College?
Transfer students need to complete their first semester at TCU in order to establish a TCU GPA. Students who have earned a 3.5 GPA in at least 12 graded hours at TCU are encouraged to contact the John V. Roach Honors College at email@example.com to begin the admission process.
How will I learn about my admissions decision?
Admissions decisions will be delivered in two ways. First, we will notify students through the online TCU student portal. Second, we will send admissions packets by mail. Admissions decisions cannot be shared by phone.
What are the minimum required GPA and test scores?
Every honors applicant is evaluated on an individual basis. The John V. Roach Honors College Admissions Committee—composed of Honors faculty and TCU admissions counselors—considers the high school and/or academic record, extracurricular activities, test scores, and essays of each applicant.
Does the honors curriculum fit well with any major?
Yes, coursework within the John V. Roach Honors College complements and coordinates with any degree plan at TCU. Honors students graduate with undergraduate degrees from all programs and colleges at TCU. Academic advisors in your major area and in the Honors College can assist you in creating an academic plan that incorporates the Honors requirements.
Do all honors students follow the same curriculum?
No. Honors students are active creators of their own academic experience, and honors classes provide the unique opportunity to be in the driver’s seat and customize your curriculum.
Are honors courses limited to the Humanities?
No. Honors is a crossroad of all disciplines, a space where complexities of knowledge are explored from a variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives.
Is honors more work?
No. Honors is a different kind of work – not more assignments but more exciting, challenging and rewarding forms of inquiry. Just ask the Nature of Giving students about their debate on how to divvy up $100,000 to five non-profits or Professor Dou’s class about the history of China learned through GO, an ancient board game.
What can I do as an honors student that I can’t as a non-honors student?
Honors students are privy to some exclusive opportunities within the College. A few of these opportunities include:
- An international Frog Camp
- A hospitable learning community shared with fellow Honors students in Milton Daniel Hall, a first-year honors Residence Hall
- Unique study abroad experiences called Honors Explorations
- Creative courses that offer one-of-a-kind intellectual experiences
- Research projects in their major or minor under the supervision of a faculty mentor
- Priority registration for classes