About Transylvania

Welcome to Transylvania University

We’re a highly ranked liberal arts college in the heart of Lexington, Kentucky. We’re a challenging, relationship-rich university with an engaging faculty that encourages community-driven students to achieve personal fulfillment and professional success.

Established in 1780, Transylvania is the oldest university west of the Allegheny Mountains. We’ve provided generations of students with an education that’s set them on a path to become lifelong learners who excel in their fields. The Transy experience goes beyond a degree — it’s a relationship that continues to pay off long after graduation.


Lexington, Kentucky, is a thriving city full of opportunities for you to succeed.

Our Campus

Our 70-acre downtown campus is designed with your college experience in mind.

The Basics

Learn more about Transy’s storied history, and what it looks like today.

Translvania Univdrsity viewed from above with the Lexington skyline in the background

The Perfect College City

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

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number seven best city for new college grads | SmartAsset 2022

Transylvania offers an unparalleled education in an incredible urban area that is Lexington.

Colton Hartig ’21

one of only nine top liberal arts colleges in an urban area
eleven to one student to faculty ratio
ninety five percent employed or in graduate school within six months

Explore Our Campus

Use the virtual map and tour to get acquainted with our beautiful downtown Lexington campus and see what life is like as a Pioneer.