LEXINGTON, Ky.—Transylvania University is listed in The Princeton Review’s The Best 373 Colleges, a ranking that includes the top 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges. “Our choices are based on institutional data we collect about schools, our visits to schools over the years, feedback we gather from students attending the schools, and the opinions of our staff and our 28-member National College Counselor Advisory Board,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s senior vice president for publishing. “We also work to keep a wide representation of colleges in the book by region, size, selectivity and character."
The book’s two-page profile of Transylvania includes comments from Transy students surveyed for the book. Included in those comments were descriptions of Transylvania as a “small and ‘very challenging’ bastion of the liberal arts and sciences with a ‘strong premed program,’ ‘a remarkable pre-law program,’ and a broad core curriculum.”
A sophomore is quoted as saying, “the small college atmosphere allows students to participate in many arenas. At many schools, a math major would never be able to sing in the choir, work on the school newspaper, and be a resident assistant.”
Other students said that “academic standards here are high” and dedication is “required if you want to excel.” The low student-to-faculty ratio means professors “are really concerned about helping you learn” and are “great to just sit down and talk with during their office hours.”
The Princeton Review, a New York-based education services company known for its education, admission and test-prep services, is not affiliated with Princeton University or ETS.
Transylvania, founded in 1780, is the nation’s sixteenth oldest institution of higher learning and is consistently ranked in national publications as one of the top liberal arts colleges in the country.