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Undergrad Profile

Founded in 1780, Transylvania University has one of the longest histories in American higher education. Drawing from this rich heritage, we provide students with a high-quality liberal arts education in an urban setting that helps them gain admission to top graduate and professional programs and propels them to successful careers. 

name to remember 
Transylvania’s name comes from a Latin phrase meaning “Across the woods”—a designation given to the rolling bluegrass area that is now central Kentucky. 

Teaching excellence
Transylvania’s academic excellence begins with our faculty. More than 98% of our tenured and tenure-track faculty hold the Ph.D. or highest degree in their field. These experienced, knowledgeable teachers enjoy their profession and take a personal interest in their students. When they engage in research, they bring the fruits of that research back into the classroom.

Life at Transylvania
More than 75% of the University’s approximately 1,050 students live on campus, making it easy to meet friends and get involved in activities. Transylvania has more than 70 student organizations, including social service groups, special-interest and departmental clubs, honorary societies, four national sororities, and four national fraternities. If we don’t have exactly what you’re looking for, you can create your own organization. Opportunities cut across traditional interest areas. It’s not uncommon to find business majors performing with music ensembles, biology majors writing for the student newspaper, or theater majors in a chemistry lab.

A valuable investment
Transylvania’s tuition and fees fall below the national average for comparable private liberal arts colleges, and over 98% of our students receive scholarships and/or financial aid to help bridge the gap between college costs and family resources. The financial aid office works with students and their families to explore every possible source of assistance provided by scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study positions.

Small school, big city
Adding to Transylvania’s appeal is its location in Lexington, a beautiful city of 300,000, including about 30,000 college students. Transylvania’s campus is in the heart of the city, close to restaurants, shops, movies, and concerts. Our location is also an advantage for students participating in internships, shadowships, and student teaching. It’s a short walk to opportunities in law offices, accounting firms, financial institutions, hospitals, government agencies, and numerous primary and secondary schools.

World-class education
Our students study abroad in countries such as Australia, Britain, France, India, Japan, Madagascar, and Peru. Transylvania’s four-week May term allows students to focus on a single course, and these courses frequently involve off-campus experiences, including travel abroad. Recent May term travel courses have enabled students to learn about writing in Ireland, ceramics and chemistry in Europe, early art in China, economics in Costa Rica, art and literature in Spain, women’s issues in Italy, cultural identity in Honduras, and international business in Germany.

Well known and well respected
As one of the nation’s first colleges, Transylvania has earned a great deal of respect. Employers, graduate schools, and professional programs appreciate the depth, quality, and versatility of our students. Transylvania graduates enjoy a high acceptance rate to graduate and professional schools, and employers are eager to hire them. Like the University itself, a Transylvania education is enduring. 


HISTORY: Founded in 1780; 16th-oldest college in the country

Independent liberal arts college

Lexington, Kentucky, a dynamic city of 300,000 located within a day’s drive of two-thirds of the nation’s population

Professors have won top professor awards from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and from the Kentucky Advocates for Higher Education. Transylvania was also ranked among the top 100 national liberal arts colleges by U.S.News & World Report and included in Barron’s Best Buys in College Education, Colleges of Distinction, and The Princeton Review’s The Best 377 Colleges.

Bachelor of Arts degrees in 39 majors; students may design their own major with the dean’s permission.

1,050 students

2015–2016 EXPENSES:
$43,930 per year, including tuition and fees ($34,370) and room and board ($9,560)


NCAA Division III varsity sports: baseball, basketball, cross-country, equestrian, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field, and volleyball; non-NCAA: cheer and dance; about 20 intramural sports

More than 70 student organizations, including four national fraternities and four national sororities, student government, community service, diversity enhancement, leadership, honorary, newspaper, radio station, literary magazine, yearbook, choir, orchestra, band, and theater; more than 80% of graduates have participated in community service.