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Transylvania University is a distinguished liberal arts college located in downtown Lexington, Kentucky.

Our Name and History

Our name, Latin for “across the woods,” comes from the eighteenth-century settlers' term for the lands west of the Appalachian forests. Find out more about our history, which stretches back to the beginning of the American republic.

Pioneer Stories

Our graduates leave Transylvania and achieve amazing things. Read some of their stories.

With an enrollment of approximately 1,100, Transylvania University is a fun place to live, learn, and work and is consistently ranked and praised by the leading national college guides.

Our medical and law school acceptance rates are impressive — 90 percent of the students we recommend to medical school are accepted and all the students we recommend to law school are accepted. They go to the best schools in the country, including big names like Harvard, Yale, and Princeton.

As the 16th oldest college in the United States, we call ourselves Pioneers in honor of our pioneering forebears.

A College Like No Other in a City Like No Other

Transylvania’s location in the heart of historic downtown Lexington means there's plenty to do around campus, across town, and in the area. See more about what makes our location great.

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Transylvania University admits students regardless of age, race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, national origin, or any other classification protected by federal or state law or local ordinance.