Nearly a century ago
A peek into the school's annals
is always a delight, and this issue we share excepts from the 1905-06
University catalog. The college sat on 15 acres a few miles north of the
courthouse in Waco, a town the catalog dubbed as "one of the largest,
most substantial and most prosperous cities of Texas." Just over
100 students were enrolled. Tuition ranged from $20 to $25 a semester,
depending on the area of study, with the school of business being the
most expensive. Fees totaled $8, and room and board for a double room
ran $16 for the fall. Please note that any odd wording or spelling you
find in the text is the way it was printed in the catalog.
It oftentimes happens that students, away
from home for the first time and free from parental authority and the
restraining influences of home life, retrograde morally. We may add that
his tendencies under changed conditions depend largely upon his stability
of character as established by his home training. The Faculty of Texas
Christian University is pledged to make the morals of students a matter
of prime concern.
Certain guiding principles are observed
in administering the discipline of the school. These are held as fundamental
and necessary in maintaining strong, consistent discipline.
A Word to Parents
Students often ask parents to allow them
to visit other students and to visit other cities to hear lectures and
attend entertainments of various sorts. This is very detrimental to the
students progress. We will not allow students to leave the College without
we have special request of parents and we hope parents will be very cautious
about making such requests of us.
Sometimes parents having failed to govern
their children at home send them away to school in the hope that they
will be placed under rigid discipline and careful oversight and that in
this way the failures of home training will be corrected.
We wish to say emphatically that we do
not want bad boys or girls who are sent away from home to be reformed.
Furthermore we believe it to be our duty
to return to parents and students full value for the money that is paid
us and when we find students that are wasting their time and refuse to
do their work properly we will request parents to withdraw such students
from school. We cannot consent to take money from patrons for which we
render no just equivalent.
And in case you thought people were
different back then É
A Word with Parents Concerning Expenses
Sometimes parents complain that it costs
too much to send their children away to school, but generally this complaint
grows out of the unnecessarily extravagant habits of students, which are
encouraged by parents. Students write home for money and parents respond
when oftentimes it would be far better to refuse the request. Inexperienced
boys and girls are very poor judges of the amount of money they ought
to spend and some fritter away considerable sums in worse than needless