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: 963

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

President: Seamus Carey became Transylvania’s 26th president on July 1, 2014.

Tuition and Fees: $37,290

Room and Board: $10,160

Student/Faculty Ratio: 11:1

Average Class Size: 15

Receiving Financial Aid: 98%

Endowment: $162 million as of June 30, 2015



#10 Best Colleges for the Money—USA Today/College Factual (2016)

Top 10% America's Top Colleges—Forbes (2016)

#83 Best National Liberal Arts Colleges—U.S.News & World Report (2016)

Best 381 Colleges—Princeton Review (2016)

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

#3 Colleges in Kentucky—Wall Street Journal (2017)

Top 10 Best Colleges For Your Money in Kentucky—MONEY Magazine (2017)




Female: 58%

Male: 42%

Students of color: 19%

Out-of-state: 22%

International: 3%


41 majors, with the opportunity to design your own.

Pre-professional preparation for law, medicine and engineering

Total full-time faculty: 86

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: 86%

Average time to graduation: 4.11 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.