1780 – The Official Blog of Transylvania University

1780 | The Official Blog of Transylvania University

Program-related scholarships encourage Lexington students to continue path of academic excellence at Transylvania

Some local high school programs prepare students so well for a Transylvania education — get them so primed for the liberal arts — that the university guarantees their graduates a substantial scholarship. To be eligible for these awards (along with all merit-based scholarships, except for Premier Scholarships), students planning to enroll with Transylvania University’s Class of 2025 this fall must apply by the Feb. 1 Regular Decision Deadline. These scholarships cover a broad range of programs, from Lexington Catholic’s Exemplar Scholars to Paul Laurence Dunbar’s Math, Science and Technology Center. “The partnerships are there to give these students an opportunity to continue their work at the collegiate level,” Vice President for Admissions Johnnie Johnson said. “We are also trying to keep some of the best students in Lexington — in Lexington.” Current Transylvania students know first hand how well specialized high school programs prepare future Pioneers. Junior Ryan Wood, who participated in Tates Creek High School’s International Baccalaureate Programme, said starting college was seamless. “I felt like I was on track.” The elementary education major said the IB program is rigorous and requires a lot of critical thinking, analysis and time management. When he got to Transylvania, he was “ready to have some conversations,” understanding he wasn’t always going to be right. “Knowing that I can be wrong — that’s part of learning.” Plus, as is evident by the title, Wood pointed out how the IB program’s international flavor relates

Transylvania vice president featured in report on the value proposition of college tuition

Transylvania Vice President for Enrollment and Student Life Holly Sheilley was recently featured by The Lane Report in its cover article on the value of a college education. Sheilley, along with higher education leaders from some of Kentucky’s public and private colleges, responded to a series of questions about what students attending college can expect as a return on their investment. According to The Lane Report, “For most prospective Kentucky college students today, affordability remains a top concern, but they are more willing to pay for postsecondary education if they know they will receive a high return on that investment. Namely, a job in their career field soon after they toss their mortar boards into the sky on graduation day.” At Transylvania, that success rate – placement in a job or graduate school – is 95% within six months of graduation. The Q&A below is excerpted from original article. To read the full article, visit The Lane Report online. Are today’s students more “transactional” in their choice of postsecondary education institutions, prioritizing acquisition of marketable skills in exchange for their tuition dollars? Holly Sheilley: Absolutely. In today’s digital environment, information is more transparent and readily available for prospective students than ever before. This access empowers students to handpick institutions that are most likely to help them develop marketable skills and deliver post-graduation success. For example, at Transylvania, we have an abundance of interest in pre-health and pre-law, primarily because of