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Academics

For many thrilled students, Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky feels “like home” from the minute they set foot on campus. This is due in large part to its “small size,” which allows “Transy” to maintain a very “supportive” environment. When it comes to academics, undergrads at Transylvania savor the breadth of courses that are available. And they rush to highlight the “inclusive fine arts program” which lets non-majors still actively participate in “music or theatre.” Many also note student success with graduate school, boasting of a “96%” acceptance rate to medical school and a whopping “100%” acceptance rate to law school. Much of this can be attributed to “rigorous” classes that “require you to think deeply and critically.” Transy’s “brilliant faculty” is owed some credit as well. They are “highly dedicated” instructors who continually demonstrate “interest..in [their] students’ lives and ambitions.” Even better, “they all have open office hours multiple days a week and often will meet with students other times as well.” And one incredulous student interjects, “I am close enough with my professors to join them for department dinners or drinks with guest lecturers..It is a one-of-a-kind situation that I wouldn’t trade for the world.”

Student Body

Transylvania manages to foster a “very safe and accepting” atmosphere. Much of that can be attributed to the “incredibly welcoming and friendly” student body. And though the university is set in Kentucky, we’re told you find a nice “mix of classic south[ern] and northern attitudes.” You’re also likely to discover both “liberal” and “conservative” students. Unfortunately, some undergrads do caution that Transylvania is “not very diverse.” But many people insist that their peers “seem willing and curious to learn about different cultures and perspectives.” As one undergrad shares, “The majority of students on campus are openminded, creative people and incredibly accepting of others no matter their gender, race, sexual/gender orientation, or socioeconomic status. They do not hesitate to band together to aid another student in need.” Students also love that their peers are “goal oriented” and “take their education seriously.” They “push to excel academically, socially and athletically.” And they all enjoy being “extremely involved on campus.” Of course, the best aspect of Transy’s student body is the fact that “anywhere you go you can always find a friend or at least some people that are easy to talk to.”

Campus Life

It is pretty easy to lead a fun and robust life at Transylvania. While academics take top priority, there are also “many opportunities to get involved on campus.” For example, “there are frequently guest speakers and movie nights that students can attend for fun and for class credit.” The university hosts “a lot of theater productions and music concerts” as well. Most “people are involved with school-affiliated organizations, like the school’s “environmental conservation group” and the “Student Activities Board.” Athletics are a big draw too and you can often find undergrads playing “volleyball, basketball, soccer,” and “intramurals.” Those interested in the party scene will be happy to hear that “Greek life is extremely popular.” When students are itching to get a break from campus life, downtown Lexington offers a plethora of great options including “a ton of neat places within walking distance, such as the malls at the Square and at the Lexington Centre, Triangle Park, the Mary Todd Lincoln House, and the Lexington Opera House.” All in all, there’s “so much to do, and there’s always something new to discover.”

Overview

Applicants
1,567
Acceptance Rate
95%
Average HS GPA
3.73

GPA Breakdown

65%
Over 3.75
13%
3.50 - 3.74
9%
3.25 - 3.49
7%
3.00 - 3.24
5%
2.50 - 2.99
1%
2.00 - 2.49

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Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
610 - 690
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
570 - 670
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
25 - 30

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Application Essay

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
10.8:1
Total Faculty
103
with Terminal Degree
89

56
Men
47
Women
6
Minority

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
69%
Graduate in 5 years
74%
Graduate in 6 years
75%

Majors

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
  • Neuroscience.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting.
  • Business/Commerce, General.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric.

  • 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.
  • Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

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

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other.

  • PARKS, RECREATION, LEISURE, AND FITNESS STUDIES.

  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.
  • Religion/Religious Studies.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.
  • Physics, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Anthropology.
  • Economics, General.
  • International Relations and Affairs.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Social Sciences, Other.
  • Sociology.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General.
  • Music Performance, General.
  • Music, Other.


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

Notable Faculty


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

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
69%
Graduate in 5 years
74%
Graduate in 6 years
75%

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

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$46,000

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$84,800

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$47,300

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$87,000

Percent High Job Meaning
54%

Percent STEM
22%


Students Say

Transylvania University's career development office works hard to connect students with positions that match their interests and abilities. Regardless of whether undergrads are looking to attend graduate school or join the workforce, this office will help them get to where they want to be. Students may receive individual counseling and get one-on-one assistance with crafting resumes and cover letters. They can also take advantage of 100 Doors to Success, a unique program that pairs current undergraduate with alums who are successful in a field of interest. These alums help mentor students and offer both connections and priceless industry insight.

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Dec 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$25,956

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$24,474

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,240

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
65%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$30,595

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$24,054

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$37,170
Required Fees
$1,580
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

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

On-Campus Room and Board
$10,460
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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

Non-Need-Based
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)
Federal Perkins Loans

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

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
963
Foreign Countries Represented
7

Demographics

1.04%
Asian
4.05%
African-American
4.57%
Hispanic
79.65%
Caucasian
4.05%
Unknown
2.70%
International

60% female
40% male
24% are out of state
100% are full time
0% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
74%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
91%

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Academic Disability Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Amber Morgan

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
55
Number of Honor Societies
10

Number of Social Sororities
4
Number of Religious Organizations
3

57% join a fraternity
56% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

39% 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

Sustainability

72/99

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
95

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell - approx. 10% off list

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Janice Rajcan
Campus Visits Coordinator

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

Phone
859-233-8242

Email
visit@transy.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Cowgill Center
Beck Athletic and Recreation Center
Rafskeller
New Residence Halls
Jazzman's Cafe

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Downtown Lexington
Fayette Mall
Hamburg Pavilion
Keeneland
Rupp Arena

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday and many Saturdays
8:30 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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