Frequently Asked Questions

What is Family Weekend? Family Weekend is a program designed especially for parents and families of TCU students to give family members a sense of what the TCU experience is all about and to deepen their connection with the University. The goal is to provide an enjoyable and informative experience where you will discover the rich opportunities for intellectual, social, and personal growth available to your student and meet some other families, faculty, and staff in the process.

When is Family Weekend 2022?  Family Weekend 2022 is scheduled for September 30-October 2.

When does registration open and close for Family Weekend 2022? Registration for Family Weekend 2022 will open on May 18 at Noon CDT and will close at 5:00pm CDT September 21.

Does it cost money to attend Family Weekend? The majority of Family Weekend events are free. However, some events on the schedule do require the purchase of tickets. For more information, please refer to the Family Weekend schedule regarding costs and tickets for specific events.

What if the number of attendees from our family changes? If you have already registered and need to modify your registration, please email, explain your changes, and a member of our team will be happy to modify your registration for you.  There is no need to submit a new registration form to try to make the changes yourself.

What happens if I missed the registration deadline?  Can I still attend?  Absolutely!  Families who do not register by the deadline are invited to come to the Welcome Center Friday, September 30 from 1:00-5:00pm to complete a quick and free walk-up registration process.

When is the football game? TCU will play OU on Saturday, October 1 at 11:00am.

How do I purchase tickets for this game? Tickets to the TCU vs. OU game are on sale now through TCU Athletics.  To learn more about ticket options and for the link to purchase tickets, visit the Football page of our website.

Does my TCU student need a ticket to attend the football game? All TCU students are admitted FREE to regular season home football games played at Amon G. Carter Stadium. Tickets are not needed – only a student ID. Student admission is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Families who want to sit with their student should buy assigned seating for their student outside of the student section using the methods outlined above. Seating in the student section (sections 121 to 127) is reserved for current TCU students only and will not be available for use by family members on Family Weekend.

I still have more questions about football tickets or the football game, how do I contact TCU Athletics? Please contact TCU Ticket Sales at 817-257-1849 or

When will merchandise be available for purchase? Merchandise will be available for purchase beginning at Noon CDT on May 18. Sales will close at 11:59pm CDT on September 1.

Can I find these items for sale from other retailers? No. The merchandise sold on this site is exclusive to Family Weekend.

Can I purchase mom and dad merchandise from Family Week year-round? Unfortunately, we do not sell merchandise year-round.

I am not able to attend Family Week in person. Can you ship my merchandise to me? Unfortunately, we do not ship merchandise. If you are unable to attend the in-person activities, please feel free to send your student to the Family Weekend Welcome Center from 1:00-5:00pm CDT on September 30 in the Brown-Lupton University Union Auditorium. More information about this can be found on the merchandise page of this site.

What is the refund policy of merchandise? All sales are final and non-refundable. In the event of a manufacturer defect or fulfillment mistake, please visit the Contact Us page of this website to reach out and select the option for “Family Weekend Merchandise.”  A member of our team will then be in touch regarding a resolution to your concern.

When do ticket sales for the tailgate start? We’re sold out! Individuals may post available tailgate tickets in the Parent Facebook Group. Check there occasionally for a ticket exchange.

Does my student need a ticket? Yes, if they plan to attend our tailgate they will need a ticket. Student schedules can vary greatly during a home football game; you can always purchase for yourself and buy a ticket for your student later (we anticipate closing sales on 9/21, unless we sell out sooner which has occurred in prior years).

What time is this tailgate happening? About 2-3 hours before kickoff, depending on game time. We anticipate game time will be announced 7-10 days prior to gameday.

What food are you serving? The menu includes a variety of tacos (breakfast if it’s an early game!), chips and salsa, guacamole, taquitos, and veggies. Ice tea and water provided. A cash bar is available for those interested in alcoholic drinks.

What happens at the tailgate? You’ll have the opportunity to interact with fellow TCU family members, take pictures in our TCU-themed photo booth, participate in various lawn games, and enjoy entertainment from various TCU groups! This is a come-and-go type event. 

How many tickets are available for the tailgate? We are able to accommodate 2000 individuals. Once we reach that number we will close ticket sales and evaluate options for opening more tickets.

When do I get my tickets? Tailgate wristbands (your ticket) will be available for pick-up during check-in at the Welcome Center on Friday, September 30 from 1:00-5:00pm in the Brown-Lupton University Union (BLUU) Auditorium. Details will be sent as we get closer to that date.

What is the refund policy of tailgate tickets? We have passed the refund deadline of September 9th. At this time, no refunds are available. We know your schedule might change, therefore partial refunds (50%) were available through Friday, September 9th. Email and include your full name, order number, and exact details of your refund request (i.e. refund all tickets, refund some tickets). After September 9th no refunds are available for the tailgate.

What if it’s after September 9 and I realize I can no longer attend? We are unable to provide a refund after the deadline. However, we encourage you to post any available tailgate tickets to the Parent Facebook Group. This is the best “marketplace” to try and exchange tickets. If you’re successful, email us at with your name, order number, and the name of the individual who purchased your tickets.

Is registration for this event required? For planning purposes, registration is required. Students in the Class of 2025 can register online HERE.

Who can participate? This event is intended for second-year students at TCU. If your student is in their second year at TCU, this event is for them!

What is the attire? Dress is casual, come as you are!

How long will the program last? The program lasts under an hour.

I have a schedule conflict and cannot attend the event. Is this the only time to get my pin? Since it’s Family Weekend and there are many events on the calendar, we understand that schedule conflicts may occur. You are welcome to get a class pin the week after the event in BLUU Suite 2003 (Leadership & Student Involvement) on a first-come, first-served basis. If you feel that you will graduate under a different class year than 2025, we will also have past years pins available. We will not order 2026 pins until next year.

My graduation year has changed can I attend another pinning ceremony? You may attend a pinning ceremony more than once if your anticipated graduation year changes.

I have more questions. How do I connect with the event organizers? You can reach the Sophomore Pinning organizers by visiting the Contact Us section of this website and selecting the “Sophomore Pinning” option.  They will be happy to help!