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.

The Perfect College City

Being in the heart of Lexington, Kentucky, 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.

50 America's best cities to live
27/7 Wall St., 2017
number 2 mid-sized city for new grads
Online Degrees, 2018

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

Colton Hartig ’21

one of only nine top-100 liberal arts colleges in a city with a population over 300000
top 100 national liberal arts college
top 75 value liberal arts college

U.S. News & World Report

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.