TCU plan to drop ‘freshman,’ use ‘first-year student,’ draws mixed reactions: report
The term “freshman” wasn’t gender inclusive enough, university officials decided, according to a report
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.
“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.”
*“Just by speaking more inclusively, we are able to behave more inclusively as well.” *
— TCU junior Matt Gill
The new term “first-year student” will also refer to transferees, military veterans and others who aren’t arriving on campus straight from high school, he added.
You could use freshman or freshwomen or maybe just student. I know this is a major worry for the country. Not