Founded in 1870, Transylvania University takes pride in its commitment to the liberal arts. Through an active engagement across multiple disciplines, Transylvania University prepares its students for a humane and fulfilling personal and public life by cultivating independent thinking, open-mindedness, creative expression, and an overall commitment to lifelong learning and social responsibility in a diverse world.
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Exploring new ideas is an integral part of the Transy experience. Students immerse themselves in academic inquiry through attending events during fall, winter, and May terms. Such events include lectures, plays, films, art shows, concerts, and community engagement activities.
An essential skill that all students learn is how to ask important questions. That’s why undergraduate research is an essential part of the Transy experience. All students, regardless of discipline, have unique opportunities to work closely with accomplished professors on groundbreaking research. Transy is committed to making these opportunities as accessible as possible by offering summer student research grants that provide up to $3,500 in support. Many of these unique research opportunities lay the foundation for successful internship placements and graduate school acceptances.
“The professors are really proactive about getting their students research opportunities. I’m really just a reflection of their excellence in teaching and mentoring.” – Akin Erol ’15, UK Medical School
DIVERSITY AND GLOBAL LEARNING
A Transy student’s classroom is not one that is confined to campus. Many students take their education to new destinations for a summer, a full academic year, or even a four-week session during the May term. Ranging in lengths, locations, and disciplines, these trips enable students to explore new cultures and gain a unique international perspective, all while still graduating in four years.
During the four-week May term, students enroll in just one class and often travel to a domestic or international destination. These intensive courses are taught by a team of professors and are highly interdisciplinary in nature. One group, for example, studied Filipino history, culture, and current events before traveling to Mactan Island in the Philippines to serve in the public health and economic sectors. Another class surveyed Chinese art and culture, from the prehistoric to the Tang Dynasty periods, and then toured museums and archaeological sites in Beijing, Xi’an, Shanghai, Suzhou, and Yixing.
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Non-U.S. Citizen: 0%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 5%
White, non-Hispanic: 80%
Native/Indigenous American or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 0%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 2%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 0%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 5%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 5%
Informed by a comprehensive liberal arts core, students enjoy over 40 majors and minors as well as the option to create an entirely new major altogether.
A STRATEGIC FIRST-YEAR EXPERIENCE
Designed to ease both the academic and social transition into college, the orientation and First Engagement seminars help students start their college career off with strength and confidence. Faculty, staff, and student leaders are always available to answer questions and connect freshmen to activities that they think they will find interesting.
The first-year seminar program keeps new students connected with one another while also getting them accustomed to the exciting ways that the liberal arts merges different academic perspectives for a well-rounded understanding of any topic. All First Engagement courses promote critical thinking and strong bonds with fellow peers.
First Engagement Topics:
- Health and Nature
- Individual Identity
- Gardens and Society
- Fake News
- Analyzing Arguments
- Civil Liberties
- Societal Equality
- Stories and Humanity
- The Good Life
- Culture Through Song
- Energy and the Environment
- Human Condition
- Identity: Shared and Different
- The Past and Present
- Economics and Humanity
PROFESSORS WITH PERSONALITY
All classes and labs at Transy are taught by esteemed professors, 98% of whom hold the highest degree in their field. Transy’s dedicated professors encourage students to meet their highest potential. They encourage honest expression and open inquiry in and out of the classroom. At Transy, every professor has a genuine and vested interest in their students’ success.
Transy is full of unique experiences—down to the very academic calendar. Transy’s distinctive calendar consists of two standard fall and spring semesters in addition to a four-week May term, which allows students to hone their focus on one intensive course for this short period of time.
“The first time I stepped foot on campus I knew this was where I wanted to be. The fact that we’re in a bigger city—but there’s still such a sense of community here—is what I loved as soon as I got here.” – Timothy Baker ’18
Located in the heart of Lexington, Transy offers students several opportunities to engage with the surrounding community. Transy is proud to cultivate mutually beneficial relationships with local non-profit organizations. Students engage with the community through student volunteer teams, community work-study placements, internships, research, and special projects. Ongoing engagement projects include:
STUDENT VOLUNTEER TEAMS
Students can join a Student Volunteer Team to support the weekly needs at partner sites that are focused on the following areas: youth and educational development, affordable housing, domestic violence and family support, and food justice.
One weekend of every month, the Office hosts a Saturday-In-Service project in the community.
ALTERNATIVE BREAK EXPERIENCES
The Office organizes a variety of Alternative Spring Break projects, which are week-long programs that take students to new communities to focus on a specific issue of social justice.
LONDON FERRILL COMMUNITY GARDEN
In partnership with Seedleaf, the Office helps to manage the London Ferrill Community Garden to get both students and Lexington locals involved in its upkeep and overall mission. Activities related to the garden educate those involved about food deserts, poverty, and sustainability.
Located in Lexington, Kentucky, Transy U is a vibrant, thriving campus full of unique opportunities. Lexington offers the perfect backdrop for an inspiring college experience, offering performing arts, sports, and nature spaces. The city also provides access to internships and jobs, community service, arts and culture, interaction with a diverse population, and numerous other opportunities that can prepare students of all interests prepared for a career or grad school. Major employers in the city include Toyota, Valvoline, Lexmark International, Lockheed Martin, and much more.
Men’s Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cheerleading, Cross Country, Dance, Eventing, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming & Diving, Tennis, Track & Field.
Women’s Sports: Basketball, Cheerleading, Cross Country, Dance, Eventing, Field Hockey, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming & Diving, Tennis, Track & Field, Triathlon, Volleyball.
Percent of students living on campus.
First-time, first-year (freshman) students: 92%
The Office of Career Development helps students connect their talents to the right opportunities. Whether one needs help identifying their major or preparing for the first of many interviews, they have a team of dedicated career experts on their side. And that help doesn’t stop after graduation; the Transy community of alumni is encouraged to take advantage of the university’s career resources at every stage of their career.
100 DOORS TO SUCCESS
Transylvania’s mentor program is designed to help students prepare for a successful future. In the program, students are paired with a successful alum who will helps them learn how to build a professional network, set goals, and plan for their career.
Early Action #1: Oct. 31
Early Action #2: Dec. 1
Regular Decision: Feb. 1
Transylvania University upholds a test-optional policy, meaning that neither the SAT nor ACT standardized exam scores are required on the application. Students may choose to submit these scores, though the primary factors considered along with the application and essay include a high school transcript, the rigor of the curriculum, and class rank. An interview is also encouraged.
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th Percentile: 560 | 75th Percentile: 640
25th Percentile: 540 | 75th Percentile: 670
25th Percentile: 24 | 75th Percentile: 30
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25th Percentile: 24 | 75th Percentile: 32
Tuition & Cost
Room & Board: $10,770
Transylvania University is committed to making its world-class education as affordable as possible. That’s why 98% of students receive financial aid. Transy also offers a number of scholarships based on merit, fine arts performance, and other qualifying factors.
Further, the Pioneer Pledge guarantees the possibility for every student to graduate in four years.