Transy at a Glance

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More than 90 percent of students recommended for medical school and 100 percent of students recommended for law school are accepted.

Institution type: Private liberal arts college

Location: Downtown Lexington, Ky., a thriving city of 300,000 people.

Enrollment: 946 in Fall 2019

Founded: 1780 as the 16th college in the United States

Tuition and Fees: $40,210

Room and Board: $11,140

Student/Faculty Ratio: 11:1

Average Class Size: 15

Receiving Financial Aid: 100%

Endowment: $174.6 million as of June 30, 2018


#72 Best National Liberal Arts Colleges—U.S.News & World Report (2020)

#60 Best Value Liberal Arts Colleges—U.S.News & World Report (2019)

#86 Liberal Arts Colleges Rankings—Washington Monthly (2019)

#10 Public Service Ranking for Liberal Arts Colleges—Washington Monthly (2019)

#56 Best Colleges in the South—Forbes (2019)

Best 385 Colleges—Princeton Review (2019)

Best College Values—Kiplinger's (2019)

#1 College in Kentucky for Getting a Job—Zippia (2017)

#3 Colleges in Kentucky—Wall Street Journal (2018)

#12 Best Value For Your Money—USA Today/College Factual (2018)

#100 Private Colleges That Offer Upperclass Students the Most Financial Aid—Student Loan Report (2017)

#98 Private Colleges That Offer the Most Creative Art Scholarship Aid— (2017)

Hidden Southeast Gems—College Raptor (2018)

Bronze Medal—ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge (2018)


Female: 60%

Male: 40%

Students of color: 15.8%

Out-of-state: 22%

International: 1%


46 majors, with the opportunity to design your own.

Pre-professional preparation for law, medicine and engineering

Total full-time faculty: 85

Faculty with a terminal degree: 95%

Percentage of classes with 10 or fewer students: 25%

Academic Calendar: Two 14-week terms, May term, optional summer session

Student Outcomes

First-year retention rate: 82.2%

Average time to graduation: 3.98 years

More than 90% of students recommended for medical school are accepted.

100% of students recommended for law school are accepted.

95% of students are in graduate school or employed within 6 months of graduation.

Campus Life

92% of first-year students live on campus; 76% of all students live on campus.

90% of students participate in community engagement opportunities.

More than 50 student organizations

27 intercollegiate athletic teams

Affiliation: Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), although the campus community embraces individuals of all faiths and spiritual practices.

Accreditation: Transylvania University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the Bachelor of Arts degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Transylvania University.


For additional data, visit the National Center for Educational Statistics.