From the School

Transylvania, a small, private co-ed liberal arts college of approximately 1,100 students, is consistently ranked among the best small colleges in the nation. With a rich history dating back to its founding in 1780, Transylvania holds the distinction of being the sixteenth oldest college in the nation and the first college founded west of the Allegheny Mountains. Literally meaning "across the woods" in Latin, the university established the first schools of medicine and law in what was then the West and educated the doctors, lawyers, ministers, political leaders, and others who helped shape the young nation. Transylvania also founded the first college literary magazine in the West, The Transylvanian, and it is still published by students today.

Transylvania continues as a pioneer in higher education, preparing future leaders in business, government, education, the sciences, and the arts. Over the past decade, Transylvania faculty members have won six Kentucky professor of the year awards. The excellence of Transylvania faculty is evidenced by the common sight of professors working side by side with students in small classes. None of Transylvania's classes have more than 35 students, and 41 percent of classes have 10 or fewer students. The student-faculty ratio is 11:1, and 94 percent of full-time faculty members hold a doctorate or the highest degree in their fields. Many faculty members are recognized for their scholarship and professional activities, but their central concern is teaching and advising. Due in large part to these small classes and close collaborations with faculty, a high percentage of graduates attend selective medical, law, and other graduate and professional programs.

Transylvania students are an active and involved group, enriching their lives of each of their peers through a vibrant and dynamic campus community. Students benefit from tremendous opportunities for learning outside the classroom and off-campus, oftentimes choosing to participate in campus and community organizations. Many students reach out to the Lexington community by pursuing research projects, internships, and volunteer activities that allow them to grow and learn in a broader context. Also, over two-thirds of students embrace the global community through study abroad programs at Transylvania.

Overview

Applicants
1,539
Acceptance Rate
83%
Average HS GPA
3.70

GPA Breakdown

57%
Over 3.75
17%
3.50 - 3.74
15%
3.25 - 3.49
7%
3.00 - 3.24
3%
2.50 - 2.99
1%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
520 - 660
SAT Math
520 - 620
ACT Composite
24 - 30

Deadlines


Regular
February 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Overall

From The School

The academic year is based on a 4-4-1 academic calendar, with two 14-week terms (fall and winter) and a one-month May term. During the May term, students participate in a variety of programs on or off campus. Students normally take four courses in each of the fall and winter terms and one course in the May term. Thirty-six courses are required to graduate. Freshmen participate in a unique first-year academic experience beginning with August Term. August Term is an innovative three-week experience designed to prepare students for academic success and personal growth. Students learn their way around campus, explore the city of Lexington, and earn a full-course credit in the First Engagements seminar. August Term is followed by a two-term First Year Seminar program, which features small-group discussions with a faculty leader; lectures, films, concerts, and other presentations; and a tutorial program in critical reading, critical thinking, and research skills. Students must complete requirements designed to ensure broad familiarity with the major areas of learning and human endeavor in the humanities and fine arts, social sciences, natural sciences and mathematics, logic, and languages.

Students Say

Tucked away in the heart of Lexington, Kentucky, Transylvania University is able to marry a “small-school atmosphere” with “big-city” living. An “extremely close-knit campus,” one truly feels a “strong sense of community” while strolling around the grounds. Undergrads here greatly appreciate that the school “values community, education for the sake of education, and producing students with the skills to tackle any career the job market has to offer.” Moreover, Transy strives to provide “a holistic educational experience where one can grow intellectually and academically while participating in a vibrant social community.” Students are quick to heap praise on their professors who “are both very knowledgeable and fun to be around.” They’re all “accomplished within their fields” and seem to “love teaching here at Transylvania.” As one pleased Spanish and English double-major confidently declares, “It doesn’t matter whether a class is lectureor discussion-based, because either way you’re guaranteed to learn something.” One junior does warn that most professors “require students [to] participate in classroom discussion,” which can be “intimidating” for some. Perhaps most important, their accessibility is “amazing,” and they “are almost always willing to let you stop by during their office hours and discuss just about anything.” As this anthropology major simply and smartly quips, “I am never bored.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
11:1
Total Faculty
117
with Terminal Degree
101

68
Men
49
Women
8
Minority
3
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
93%
Graduate in 5 years
99%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Clyde Roper, 1959
Zoologist Emeritus, Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of Natural History

Stephen Elmore, 1991
Deputy Budget Director at US Dept of Health & Human Services

Herschel Sparber, 1969
Actor, voice over artist and Broadway performer

Ann Updegraff Spleth, 1971
Chief Operating Officer for the Kiwanis International Foundation

Mary H. Rankin, 1974
President, General Electric Infrastructure Technology

Karen K. Caldwell, 1977
U.S. District Judge

Thomas L. Steinemann, 1979
Award-winning physician, MetroHealth Medical Center; prof. at Case Western

Overview

From The School

Transylvania charges an annual tuition that covers fall, winter, and May terms for a normal full-time schedule of courses. For 2014-2015, tuition and fees are $33,360 and room and board (double occupancy) are $9,050.

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
84
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$22,779

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$22,147

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,763

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$28,026

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
60%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$19,950

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$32,010
Required Fees
$1,350
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$1,500

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College Aid Gift
Need-Based Federal Pell Grant
Need-Based Private Sch Grant
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Sch Grant

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

From The School

Transylvania offers more than seventy co-curricular organizations covering a range of student interests. The athletics program, in NCAA Division III, includes 12 varsity sports for men, 14 for women, and more than a dozen intramural sports. Transylvania also has four national sororities and three national fraternities.

Students Say

Transylvania manages to attract students who "seem to be genuinely con­ cerned with their education." Indeed, undergrads are quick to define their peers as "studious," "intellectually motivated," and full of "ambitious goals." As a result, "the average Transylvania student is extremely adept at balancing his or her academics with the many extracurricular activities available." Additionally, "Greek life is very prominent on campus." However, one student insists that overall, the "Transy campus has very diverse individuals." Of course, a handful of students begrudge the "lack of ...geographic diversity," asserting that "most students come from the region around Lexington" and are "upper-middle-class." Others take issue with this sentiment, quickly stating, "We also have a huge population of individuals from different backgrounds including differences in sexual orientation, class, religion, region, and political orientation." Fortunately, undergrads do find their fellow students "approach­ able and friendly," and "most students will find themselves right at home on campus."

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,081
Out of State
23%

International
2%
Foreign Countries Represented
7

Demographics

1.70%
Asian
3.31%
African-American
3.31%
Hispanic
84.31%
Caucasian
4.25%
Unknown
2.17%
International

57% female
43% male
23% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Overview

From The School

Transylvania is located in Lexington, Kentucky, a city of 300,000 and a growing center of commerce, culture, research, and education. Known as the horse capital of the world, rolling green pastures of the famous Bluegrass region of central Kentucky surround the city. The area is also home to over 30,000 college students. Transylvania's park-like campus is situated in lively downtown, with easy access to diverse restaurants, shops, and entertainment. The downtown location is also an advantage for students who want convenient part-time jobs and internship opportunities in law offices, financial firms, hospitals, non-profits, and other organizations.

Students Say

During the week, life at Transylvania University can be fairly harried and "stressful," and most students have their noses "to the grindstone." In turn, because of working "ridiculously hard," students are pumped to "have some fun when [the week] is over." The vast majority of undergrads "are involved in Greek life," and "parties in the fraternity dorms are very popular." Fortunately, we have been assured that neither the fraternities nor sororities are "exclusive." Moreover, "every social event is practically open invitation." Of course, there's plenty to do aside from simply attending frat parties. For example, the "Student Activities Board [sponsors] a lot of activities that are pretty fun and have a relatively good turn out." There's always something to do as one freshman indicates, "This weekend I'll be going to a huge musical/ talent show, then tomorrow I'll be volunteering to raise money for a local church, then after thati'll be going ice skating with some friends." Athletics are also fairly big, and "Transylvania has several perennially successful sports programs, some of which include men's and women's basketball, men's and women's soccer, and softball." Undergrads also love to take advantage of hometown Lexington, and you'll often find students "walking downtown to theaters, art exhibits, or other downtown events" as well as "the shopping district."

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
75%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

Quality of life rating
86
First-Year Students living on campus
93%

Campus Environment
Small Urban
Fire safety rating
83

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Other
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
55
Number of Honor Societies
10

Number of Social Sororities
4
Number of Religious Organizations
7

44% join a fraternity
60% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

32% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Pioneers)
13 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Diving
Equestrian Sports
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Pioneers)
15 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Diving
Equestrian Sports
Field Hockey
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of Kentucky
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of Kentucky

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
75

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
16

Average Number of PC's per Lab
16

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
85%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell - approx. 10% off list

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Lora Hornberger
Campus Visits Coordinator

Address
Office of Admissions
300 North Broadway
Lexington, KY 40508-1797

Phone
859-233-8242

Email
lhornberger@transy.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Cowgill Center
Beck Athletic and Recreation Center
Rafskeller
Thomson Hall
Jazzman's Cafe

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Downtown Lexington
Fayette Mall
Hamburg Pavilion
Keeneland
University of Kentucky

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday
8:00 am to 5:00 pm
859-233-8242

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
varies

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
visit@transy.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Select days during the semester

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Blue Grass Airport

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the Northwest Follow I-64 East or I-75 South. These interstates merge; take the Lexington-Paris exit (Exit 113). From the ramp, turn right on North Broadway. Follow North Broadway to Fourth Street. Transylvania's campus is between Fourth and Third streets. From the East and South Follow I-64 West or I-75 North. These interstates merge; take the Lexington-Paris exit (Exit 113). From the ramp, turn right on North Broadway. Follow North Broadway to Fourth Street. Transylvania's campus is between Fourth and Third streets. From the Southwest Take I-65 North to Elizabethtown. Take the Bluegrass Parkway exit at Elizabethtown, and follow this to the end of the Parkway; bear right to Lexington. Follow this road approximately 10 miles to downtown Lexington. After the street becomes one-way, turn left on Broadway and go seven blocks to Third Street. Transylvania's campus is between Third and Fourth streets.

Local Accommodations
Gratz Park Inn (special $99 rate for visitors to Transylvania) 120 West Second Street (0.4 miles from campus) (800) 752-4166 Hilton Hotel (special $99 rate for visitors to Transylvania) 369 West Vine Street (0.6 miles from campus) (859) 231-9000 www.lexingtondowntownhotel.com Four Points Sheraton 1938 Stanton Way (5.4 miles from campus) (859) 259-1311 Holiday Inn North 1950 Newtown Pike (5 miles from campus) (800) 465-4329 Courtyard by Marriott 775 Newtown Ct. (2.2 miles from campus) (800) 321-2211 www.marriott.com/lexno Marriott's Griffin Gate Resort 1800 Newtown Pike (3.6 miles from campus) (800) 228-9290 www.griffingatemarriott.com Hampton Inn 2251 Elkhorn Road (4.4 miles from campus) (800) 426-7866 Hilton Garden Inn/Sleep Inn 1973 Plaudit Place (7.8 miles from campus) Hamburg Pavillion (I-75 exit 108) (859) 543-8300 Embassy Suites Hotel Lexington 1801 Newtown Pike (3.3 miles from campus) (859) 455-5107 Homewood Suites by Hilton (Lexington) 249 Ruccio Way (5.7 miles from campus) (859) 223-0880 www.lexington.homewoodsuites.com Homewood Suites by Hilton (Hamburg) 2033 Bryant Road (8 miles from campus) (859) 543-0464 www.lexingtonhamburg.homewoodsuites.com Crowne Plaza Lexington — The Campbell House 1375 South Broadway (2.2 miles from campus) Lexington, KY 40504 (859) 519-1320 www.thecampbellhouse.net Hyatt Regency Hotel 400 West Vine Street (0.5 miles from campus) (800) 233-1234 www.Lexington.Hyatt.com
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Key Stats

1,539
Applicants
1,081
Size
83%
Acceptance Rate
1160
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists