About Lexington

A creative, friendly city

Being in the heart of Lexington, Ky., a thriving city of 300,000 people, sets Transylvania apart from most other liberal arts colleges. It’s a distinction that will define your quality of life and your future.

A complete college experience is more than what happens on campus. It’s about access to internships and jobs, community service, arts and culture, interaction with a diverse population and numerous other opportunities that will make you career and grad school ready.

You want to spread your wings, to grow academically, socially, personally and culturally. And have fun. Take a look at just a preview of what we have to offer:

  • 131 public parks
  • 24 miles of shared-use trails designed for running and biking
  • Third-highest number of performing arts, sports, and related event centers (per 100,000 people).

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“Lexington is a fantastic city for artists. It has the culture of much larger cities. And there is a general knowledge and understanding of art that probably doesn’t exist in a lot of other communities in the state.”

- Kurt Gohde, professor of art

Not just any city
  • #5 Best Run Cities in America - WalletHub (2017)
  • #16 The Best Places for Business and Careers - Forbes (2015)
  • #6 Best College City (Among Large Cities) - WalletHub (2015)
  • Top 25 America's High-Tech Hotspots - The Atlantic (2013)
  • #6 Most Inspiring Cities for Young Adults - World Wide Learn (2015)
  • Best Places for Recent Grads to Find Jobs - NerdWallet (2015)
  • #1 Best Midsize Cities for New Grads - OnlineDegrees.com (2016)
  • Percent of population between 20 and 34, 2014: 23.6%
  • Median rent, 2014: $611
  • Median earnings for bachelor's degree holders, 2014: $45,615
  • Average projected job growth statewide, 2012-22: 17.0%
Bikes are Welcome

Lexington is a very bike-friendly city. You can get from your dorm room to your internship in downtown Lexington, then out to ride the beautiful rural trails of the Kentucky Horse Park with ease. Don’t have a bike? No problem. The Transy Bikes shop in Forrer Hall will loan you a bicycle, helmet and lock for free and even teach you to do basic maintenance and repairs.