No more “freshman” at Texas CHRISTIAN college – Not inclusive enough

TCU plans to drop ‘freshman,’ use ‘first-year student,’

When classes start this fall at Texas Christian University, the school will no longer have freshman students, according to a report.

That’s because university officials have decided that the term “freshman” wasn’t gender inclusive enough, FOX 4 of Dallas-Fort Worth reported.

So going forward, any TCU student with 24 or fewer credit hours will be known as a “first-year student,” the report said.

The change drew mixed reactions on the school’s Fort Worth TCU campus, according to FOX 4.

“Really, we can’t even be called freshmen anymore,” student Mackenzie Carey told the station. “I mean, I know people are offended by literally everything nowadays, but that one’s pushing it, in my book.”

Graduate student Magy Mekhail agreed.

“There are a lot of words that have ‘men’ in them,” Mekhail said. “I don’t know, there’s a lot more TCU can do, to do inclusion, than just change the word ‘freshman.’”

TCU senior Baylee Gresel said the change seemed confusing.

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