Founding Year: 1873
Mascot: Horned Frog (Texas Horned Lizard)
Colors: Purple & White
The Texas Christian University (TCU) which was established in 1873, is a private, coeducational, Christian-based university in Fort Worth, Texas. The university was initially named as the AddRan Male and Female College based on the names of its founders, Addison and Randolph Clark
When the Clark brothers returned from the Civil War in 1869, they established a children’s preparatory school in Fort Worth, known as the Male & Female Seminary of Fort Worth. The school operated from 1869 to 1874, but the brothers Addison and Randolph had a bigger vision for an institution of higher education which led them to purchase five blocks of land so they can establish a school that would be Christian in character, but non-sectarian in spirit and intellectually open-minded.
Unfortunately, from 1867–1872, Fort Worth’s character substantially changed due to the commercial influence of the Chisholm Trail. The quiet village became a booming cowtown and along with the influx of men, cattle, and money came gambling halls, dance parlors, and saloons. The area around the Clark’s property that was meant for the college became the town’s vice district and was given the nickname “Hell’s Half Acre.”
The Clarks were afraid that such a negative environment would undermine the fledgling university’s mission, so they looked for an alternative site for their college. They found a suitable location in Thorp Spring and in 1873, the brothers established the AddRan Male & Female College.
AddRan College was the very first coeducational institution of higher education in Texas and after its inaugural enrollment in the fall of 1873, the college expanded rapidly and the number of students rose exponentially.
In 1889, AddRan College officially formed a partnership with the Disciples of Christ, later named as the Christian Church. Later that year, the Clark brothers handed over all the assets of the college to the church; the only compensation they requested was for their descendants to have free tuition (though this provision was never enforced). To keep pace with the transition, the school was renamed AddRan Christian University.
The population of the university prompted a relocation to a larger site so from 1895 to 1910, they moved to a campus previously owned by the Waco Female College. The institution’s name was changed to Texas Christian University in 1902, and it was almost immediately dubbed as its acronym TCU.
A fire in 1910 destroyed the university’s Main Administration building which became instrumental to TCU’s return to its institutional roots. Before the planned reconstruction of the building, a group of Fort Worth entrepreneurs offered the university rebuilding money and a 50-acre campus in Fort Worth, Texas, its original home
ABOUT THE RING
The Official Texas Christian University Ring bears the official seal of the university. The torch and star which are the central figures of the seal, symbolize the “light of learning.” Also found on the seal is the motto Disciplina est facultas or “Knowledge is Power.”
As one of its official symbols, the TCU Horned Frog is also engraved inside each ring.
The ring is designed by a delegation of 15 individuals—students, alumni and others who love the University. It incorporates the unique symbols of their alma mater and is a classic icon that identifies the wearer as a true TCU Horned Frog.
The TCU ring is a proud reminder that the one who wears it is a part of an elite circle of Horned Frog graduates.
The highly cherished TCU ring can only be obtained through the Alumni Relations Office after a student has successfully met the appropriate undergraduate or graduate requirements.
A special ring ceremony is held each year for the students who will receive their rings as well as for their families. This event where juniors accept their ring from the chancellor serves as a rite of passage into their senior year.
For incoming freshmen, a keychain with a replica of the ring is handed during Howdy Week. This helps them focus on what they will earn after few years of diligence.
TCU TRADITIONS & TRIVIA
TCU Annual Fall Concert
To welcome students back to the campus, TCU brings a major recording artist on campus at the beginning of each fall semester. The concert is free of charge for all students and their guests who get a chance to understand what TCU life is all about.
The annual fall concert has become a favorite tradition among the student body and it has become a great excuse to bring everyone on campus together.
TCU Tree Lighting
This fun tradition is held after students return from Thanksgiving break every year. A giant, thirty-foot tree is shipped in from a northern state in the US and after the tree and the Commons have been decorated, the entire campus community gathers to sing carols, drink hot chocolate, and take pictures with live reindeer!
Late Night Breakfast
Pancakes, waffles, and late night dancing! Some great reasons why students look forward to the TCU Late Night Breakfast.
This event is held in the Market Square and is free of charge for all students. As students fill up with all-they-can-eat breakfast food, the TCU spirit comes alive and the night turns into a dance party giving the students a well deserved break from the tension of a grueling exam week.
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