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What’s the Student Experience Like?

Each student is part of something timeless, and our traditions run deep. Preserving an enriching experience is vital to school spirit and student success.

In true Horned Frog fashion, every department has designed programs to foster the spirited belonging we’re known for and developed solutions that create the fullest college experience possible — even if some of that experience has to be online.

Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Kathy Cavins-Tull, Ph.D., explains.


Cleaning & Disinfecting

Our residential housekeeping staff works seven days a week, and all public areas, laundry rooms, community restrooms, elevators and other high-touch areas receive extra cleaning and disinfecting. Students have been supplied with disinfecting wipes in order to wipe down surfaces in their rooms, and hand sanitizing stations are  placed in all halls.

Face Coverings

While outside their rooms, students are required to wear face coverings at all times when in common areas, group study rooms, hallways and public outdoor spaces where social distancing is not possible. Furniture layout in all lounges and study rooms has been evaluated and set up to promote physical distancing. 


Residents are still be able to enjoy engaging, community-building activities and programs that follow health and safety protocols.

Housing FAQ


Room to Relax

Horned Frogs are social creatures who love our (mostly) year-round temperate Texas weather, so we’ve created additional outdoor spaces for students to gather together safely on campus during the pandemic.

Three areas of our inviting Campus Commons — the greenspace enjoyed as the front yard of the Horned Frog family — have been transformed into a new Community Commons through outdoor furnishings and electronics. These festive outdoor venues, Town Square, The Living Room and The Green, are popular for gathering, studying and participating in organized student events while safely social distancing.

The Campus Commons is closed for the winter break but will reopen in March when warmer weather returns.

Community Commons Activities


TCU is minimizing risk by implementing a multifaceted approach in dining halls and retail outlets that follows university, CDC, state and local restaurant requirements.

Limited Capacity

All dining facilities offer carryout meals.

  • Seating at Market Square is set to 50% of capacity (as currently permitted by State of Texas and Tarrant County).
  • There is no seating available at Chick-fil-A® and Union Grounds in the Brown-Lupton Student Union (carryout only)
  • There is no seating at Bistro Burnett in the Library. Carryout only — all orders must be made via Grubhub®

    We will adjust seating to be in compliance with regulations, guidelines and the university’s leadership. Students may take meals back to their rooms or eat in a de-densified public space or outdoor seating spaces while adhering to social distancing guidelines.

Increased Food Safety Protocols

Food service workers have received specialized training and comply with all health and hygiene requirements on campus. Additionally, food service workers have access to enhanced hygiene gear and specialized personal protective equipment, when warranted.

New & Different Dining Options

Market Square is open and operating under social distancing requirements, which reduces the number of people able to dine at peak times. We also offer a revised and flexible set of dining options, including enhanced takeaway service. Dining at Market Square and all other on-campus locations is no longer self-serve.

Those visiting retail dining outlets such as Chick-fil-A® and Magnolias Zero7 will experience mobile pre-order and payment via Grubhub® and additional directional signage for new traffic patterns and pick-ups. The experience will be faster, but some menu modifications may be required in order to adhere to health and safety protocols.

COVID-19 Dining Information

Fraternity & Sorority Life

The Greek experience looks different as meetings and other events will be conducted largely by virtual means. In-person events will follow all public health guidelines as well as local, state and federal regulations.

Fraternity & Sorority Life FAQ

First-Year Experience

Although many aspects of the first-year experience have moved online due to public health concerns, students will still feel welcomed and connected. Student Affairs’ dedicated team of  First Year Experience staff and advisors will still help students each step of the way.

We encourage students to follow tcu_sds on Instagram for up-to-date information on orientation, Frog Camp and more ways to connect. Students and families should also check out the videos on IGTV, including a series called “Ask Me Anything” and a video for first-generation college students.

Recreation & Wellness

A host of resources—some virtual—are still offered to keep the Frog family happy and healthy.

Certain Activities are Limited

Although the University Recreation Center is operating with normal hours, certain activities such as cardio, racquetball, swimming and others may be restricted in order to adhere to physical distance and other health guidelines. Only the main entrance is open to monitor occupancy counts.

Reservations Required

Reservations are required in order to use the Rec Center. Patrons are required to wear face coverings and will be asked to disinfect equipment before and after each use.

Make a Reservation

New Programming

Innovative programs such as FIT@HOME and WELLNESS@HOME offer live and prerecorded online workouts, as well as virtual events related to time management, mindfulness and relaxation, and more. Intramural and club sports are offered only if they involve little to no contact and allow for physical distancing.

Campus Recreation & Wellness FAQ

Counseling & Mental Health

We’ve reconfigured our facility to provide student therapy suites that use a HIPAA-secured version of Zoom with phone access for remote counseling sessions. The suites are large enough to allow for physical distancing in case an in-person assessment or session is needed (such as a crisis situation). In addition, a 24/7 phone counseling helpline is available at 817-257-7233.

Clubs & Organizations

TCU leadership has guided student leaders and advisors on how to stay engaged with members of our approximately 300 student organizations. In-person events will be limited and must be approved by the appropriate vice chancellor or cabinet leader prior to being planned. However, Student Affairs remains committed to making sure students with similar interests are still be able to connect as meetings and events move online.

Student Organizations FAQ

Religious & Spiritual Life

To provide spiritual support to the campus community during these stressful times, the Office of Religious & Spiritual Life offers a variety of engaging programming delivered both online and in-person. Staff and chaplains still conduct individual pastoral and spiritual care sessions, as well as guide small groups in Bible studies, book studies, interfaith programming and Spiritual Wellness Wednesdays.

During the holiday season, Carols by Candlelight will take place utilizing pre-recorded performances.

Religious & Spiritual Life FAQ

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

TCU is committed to creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive campus that is welcoming to all and to supporting important conversations about social change. With health and safety in mind, Inclusiveness and Intercultural Services has moved many of its programs online. Participate in a virtual conversation on hidden bias or a book club relating to faith and social justice.

Inclusiveness and Intercultural Services

Events & Meetings

To help protect the health and well-being of the campus and community and decrease risk on campus due to the global pandemic, all in-person university student events, on-campus or off-campus, must be approved by the vice chancellor for student affairs and provide a safety plan prior to being scheduled.


This semester, we plan to cheer on our dedicated student-athletes and athletics department with a modified sports schedule that prioritizes the safety and health of our student-athletes, fans and TCU community. 

TCU Athletics will follow guidance from state and local officials, the Big 12 Conference and/or the National Collegiate Athletic Association. 

More information will be shared on the TCU Athletics website as it is available.

Frequently Asked Questions