With 130 undergraduate areas of study, Texas Christian University offers variety in addition to its commitment to moral values. If this combination appeals to you, you’ll need to fulfill multiple entrance requirements before you can call yourself a Horned Frog. You must complete an application, finish a broad set of high school prerequisites and write an essay that tells the university about the person you hope to become.

Getting Started

First, you need to fill out an application. Texas Christian University has its own application, but also accepts the Common Application, which is welcome at more than 500 international universities. You’ll need to have your high school transcripts sent to the college and to take the SAT or ACT tests. There’s no minimum test score to be considered for admission, but the middle 50 percent of the class that enrolled in 2013 scored between 1630 and 1880 on the three-part SAT and between 24 and 29 on the ACT.

Making The Grade

Before you apply, you must have completed four years of English and three years of math in high school, including two years of algebra and one of geometry. You must have completed three years of science, including one laboratory class, three years of social studies, two years of a foreign language and two years of electives. You don’t need a minimum grade point average, but your grades are weighed heavily by the admissions committee. The median freshman who enrolled in 2013 graduated high school in the top 17 percent of her class.

All About You

You’ll also need to submit an essay, an evaluation from a high school guidance counselor and a resume of activities. You can choose from four essay topics: you can craft your life’s mission statement, write about an important person in your life, write about how you learned from a failure or about what matters most to you. You must write 300 to 500 words and may take either a serious or humorous approach. If you graduated high school more than three years ago, the guidance counselor evaluation is waived.

Let Your Talents Shine

You can earn special consideration for abilities as an artist, athlete, dancer, musician or poet. Admission officers empowered by the chancellor decide whether these talents override other shortcomings in your application. Prospective music and dance majors must audition. Finally, you are invited to write or draw anything you think the admissions committee should see on a blank sheet of 8½-by-11-inch paper. You could put a Web link on the paper directing the admissions staff to a video. This “freedom of expression” page is not required, but you’re encouraged to use your imagination and submit it.