From the School

Transylvania, a private co-ed liberal arts college of approximately 1,100 students, is consistently ranked among the best 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 United States and the first college founded west of the Allegheny Mountains. Meaning "across the woods" in Latin, Transylvania 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, 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. On campus, professors work side by side with students in small classes. None of Transylvania's classes have more than 35 students, and 37 percent of classes have 10 or fewer students. The student-faculty ratio is 11:1, and 98 percent of tenured and tenure-track 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, who take advantage of the vibrant and dynamic campus community. Students benefit from tremendous opportunities for learning outside the classroom and off-campus, often 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, nearly 70 percent of students embrace the global community through study abroad programs at Transylvania.


From The School

In the fall of 2015, Transylvania will introduce a test-optional admissions policy. Regardless of their application track, applicants are considered individually on the basis of academic performance, activities, interests, essays, and recommendations. Admission is also offered to transfer students, international students and nontraditional students.

Transylvania enrolls approximately 310 new students each academic year. The middle 50 percent composite ACT score for the freshman class is 25 to 30. Over 50 percent are in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating class.

The early action deadline is December 1 for applicants who wish to learn of their admission by January 15 and who want to be considered for all Transylvania scholarships. February 1 is the regular admission and scholarships deadline for applicants who wish to be considered for all Transylvania scholarships except the William T. Young, Trustee, and Kenan Scholarships. Applicants who apply after February 1 are considered on a space-available basis. The deadline for applications for the winter term, which begins in January, is December 1.

Students considering Transylvania are urged to visit the campus, and high school seniors are encouraged to stay overnight in a residence hall with a student ambassador. Weekday visits may include a customized campus tour; the opportunity to attend classes; meetings with professors, coaches, students, and admissions and financial aid counselors; and a meal on campus. Visits should be arranged with the Office of Admissions, preferably one to two weeks in advance. Preview Days are held in the fall, spring, and summer.

To request application materials and additional information, contact:
Office of Admissions
Transylvania University
300 North Broadway
Lexington, KY 40508-1797
Telephone: (859) 233-8242 or (800) 872-6798
Web site: / (admissions specific)
Twitter: @beapioneer


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
510 - 640
SAT Math
530 - 660
ACT Composite
25 - 30


February 1

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA


From The School

Academic Programs

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 May term, students participate in a variety of programs on and off campus. Students normally take four courses in each of the fall and winter terms and one course in 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 course 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-semester 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.

Majors and Degrees Offered

The Bachelor of Arts degree is awarded in the following majors: accounting, anthropology, art history, art studio, biology, business administration (concentrations in finance, hospitality management, management, and marketing), chemistry (concentrations in chemistry and in biochemistry), classics, computer science, drama, economics, education, educational studies, English, exercise science, French, German, history, international affairs, mathematics, music, music technology, neuroscience, PPE (philosophy, politics, and economics), philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, religion, sociology, sociology/anthropology, Spanish, and writing, rhetoric, and communication. Individually designed majors also may be arranged, and students have the option to double major. Minors are available in most majors and in Asian studies, classical studies, communication, creative writing, environmental studies, hospitality management, interdisciplinary business, Latin American and Caribbean studies, and women's studies. Advising and undergraduate preparation are provided for pre-professional programs in engineering, law, ministry, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, physical therapy, optometry, physician's assistant and veterinary medicine. Transylvania also offers a pre-engineering partnership with the University of Kentucky, providing students with a seamless transition to engineering graduate programs of their choosing.

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

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Neuroscience

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business/Commerce, General

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General

  • Education

  • Art Teacher Education
  • Chemistry Teacher Education
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching

  • Engineering

  • Engineering, Other

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Chemistry, Other
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Social Sciences, Other
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music, Other



Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


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


From The School

Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

Transylvania charges an annual tuition that covers fall, winter, and May terms for a normal full-time schedule of courses. For 2015-2016, tuition and fees are $34,370 and room and board (double occupancy) are $9,560.

Financial Aid

ransylvania is committed to providing financial aid to students and their families and four types of financial assistance. Scholarships are awarded based on academic performance and leadership. Grants, loans, and work-study are based on financial need. Over 98 percent of Transylvania students receive some form of financial assistance, and many receive more than one type of aid. Outstanding entering freshmen may qualify for the William T. Young Scholarship, worth more than $137,000 over four years. Submission of Transylvania's Application for Admission and Scholarships or the Common Application is necessary to be considered for academic scholarships at Transylvania. Students who are interested in need-based aid must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).


Financial Aid Rating
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms


Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy

Scholarships and Grants


Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

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)

Direct Lender


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 four 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
Out of State

Foreign Countries Represented



58% female
42% male
23% are out of state
100% are full time
0% are part time


From The School


Transylvania is located in Lexington, Kentucky, a city of 310,000 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 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.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

Transylvania University's academic facilities pay homage to its rich historical design while keeping up-to-date with current technology. In all of the academic buildings, students have access to wireless internet. Two Georgian-style buildings combine elegance with high-tech facilities to offer the latest advances in teaching and learning. The Cowgill Center for Business, Economics, and Education includes a multimedia classroom where professors from any discipline can use a large display screen to show the entire class information from one of the twenty-five networked student computers. A specialized area for education majors includes a laboratory classroom for teacher training. The Lucille C. Little Theater, used for facultyand student-directed productions and drama classes, is a technically innovative facility that includes computerized lighting and sound, flexible staging options, and movable seating. The Frances Carrick Thomas/J. Douglas Gay, Jr. Library offers sophisticated computerized databases, which are invaluable for research and can be accessed from any computer connected to Transylvania's server. The Mitchell Fine Arts Center provides music program facilities, including practice rooms, a recital hall, and an auditorium. It also houses the Career Development Center, which helps students research career options, improve job search skills, arrange internships and part-time jobs, and apply to graduate schools and to professional positions. Mitchell is also home to a state-of-the-art Fine Arts Technology Lab. The Charles L. Shearer Art Building is dedicated to instructional space, student and faculty studios, and a student gallery. Other modern facilities include the newly renovated L. A. Brown Science Center, the Haupt Humanities Building, and the Clive M. Beck Athletic and Recreation Center, which includes a state-of-the-art fitness center.

Seventy-five percent of students, and 93 percent of first-year students, live on campus in six residence facilities. These include traditional-style accommodations, apartment-style living for upper-class students, and suite-style rooms. In the summer of 2015, Transylvania will open a new suite-style facility dedicated to combining living and learning spaces, with two new additional halls to open in the summer of 2016. Thomson Hall, opened in fall 2008, was only the second residence hall in the southeast to earn the EPA's Energy Star certification. All rooms are air-conditioned and completely furnished, with access to Transylvania's cable television and computer networks. Each residence hall has ample lounge and study space and easy access to computer labs and recreational facilities. Dining options include a cafeteria, two grills, and a coffee shop. The William T. Young Campus Center offers a competition-size indoor pool, a gymnasium, and other meeting and recreation facilities.

Off-Campus Opportunities

Experiencing diverse cultures through international study is a vital part of a Transylvania liberal arts education. Students are encouraged to study abroad during May Term, for a summer, or a semester. In recent years, Transylvania students have studied in 62 foreign countries. Scholarships are available for both semester-long and summer study abroad programs. Summer study programs, including those in Austria, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Cuba, Denmark, Ecuador, Greece, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, and Tanzania are available through Transylvania's affiliation with the Kentucky Institute for International Studies (KIIS). Transylvania also cooperates with the Kentucky branch of the English-Speaking Union to offer advanced students scholarships for summer study at Cambridge and Oxford Universities. Internships with congressional offices, Kentucky state government, city government, and local firms are easily arranged.

Student Organizations & Activities

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 four national fraternities.

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
Help finding off-campus housing

Quality of life rating
First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Small Urban
Fire safety rating

Housing Options

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

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

44% join a fraternity
60% join a sorority


Athletic Division
Division III

34% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Pioneers)
13 Sports

Cross Country
Equestrian Sports
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Pioneers)
15 Sports

Cross Country
Equestrian Sports
Field Hockey
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

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


Green Rating

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:

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:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Dell - approx. 10% off list

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

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

Campus Visits Contact

Anna Calvert
Campus Visits Coordinator

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



Experience College Life

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

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

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
8:30 am to 5:00 pm

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

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions


Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Contact Admissions Office

Select days during the semester


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 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 Marriott's Griffin Gate Resort 1800 Newtown Pike (3.6 miles from campus) (800) 228-9290 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 Homewood Suites by Hilton (Hamburg) 2033 Bryant Road (8 miles from campus) (859) 543-0464 Crowne Plaza Lexington — The Campbell House 1375 South Broadway (2.2 miles from campus) Lexington, KY 40504 (859) 519-1320 Hyatt Regency Hotel 400 West Vine Street (0.5 miles from campus) (800) 233-1234
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