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Latin American applicants among those set to benefit from admissions changes

The Mary Wright Admission Center. (Heesoo Yang/Staff Photographer)

TCU’s decision not to consider SAT or ACT scores for the upcoming applicant class could benefit international students, especially those from Latin America.

Director of International Admission Karen Scott said students from Latin America tend to have lower scores than other international students and those from the U.S.

TCU made the decision April 1. Scott said she believes the change in requirements will give international students a better chance of attending TCU since they do not have to submit any scores. She added that under the new policy, students can still receive academic scholarships.

TCU is one of many universities across the country that has opted to make SAT and ACT scores optional for fall and winter applicants because the pandemic disrupted test-taking schedules.

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For example, the tests scheduled in May and June were canceled, while two more tests were held at limited capacity or in select locations.

Applicant pool concerns

Prospective students have expressed some concerns that the upcoming application pool could be larger than usual due to the amount deferrals from the fall of 2020.

Since most international students only deferred until January, Scott said this specific population should not be worried about the potentially more competitive pool of applicants.

Even if more international students extend their deferral, Scott said she still believes international students have nothing to worry about.

An eye on international growth

The office of admissions is hoping to grow the international student population at TCU over the next few years.

“When it comes to admission, we want that diversity,” said Scott. 

Though there is not an international student quota, TCU’s international students make up about 5% of the student population.  

“We would like to be at 10%,” Scott said. “We always want more international students.”

Outside of the test scores, she said the application process will look very similar to that of years past.

Prospective students will need to submit their high school transcripts, an essay, teacher and counselor recommendation letters and for international students only, an English proficiency test. The application fee is $50.

The application deadlines are set for Nov. 1 for early action and early decision, and Feb. 1 for regular decision.

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