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.
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.
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."