Quick Facts

Transy At a Glance

Institution type: Private liberal arts college
Location: Downtown Lexington, Ky., a thriving city of 344,000 people.
Enrollment: 1024 in Fall 2023
Founded: 1780 as the 16th college in the United States
President: Brien Lewis became Transylvania’s 28th president on July 1, 2020.
Tuition and Fees 2023-24: $44,980
Food and Housing 2023-24: $13,600
Student/Faculty Ratio: 11:1
Average Class Size: 15
Receiving Financial Aid: 99%
Endowment: $221 million as of June 30, 2022


More than 90 percent of students recommended for medical school and 100 percent of students recommended for law school are accepted.

#72 Best National Liberal Arts Colleges—U.S.News & World Report (2020)
#62 Best Value Liberal Arts Colleges—U.S.News & World Report (2020)
Top 10% America’s Top Colleges—Forbes (2019)
#56 Best Colleges in the South—Forbes (2019)
Best 384 Colleges—Princeton Review (2019)
Best College Values—Kiplinger’s (2018)
#1 College in Kentucky for Getting a Job—Zippia (2017)
#3 Colleges in Kentucky—Wall Street Journal (2018)
#12 Best Value For Your Money—USA Today/College Factual (2018)
#100 Private Colleges That Offer Upperclass Students the Most Financial Aid—Student Loan Report (2017)
#98 Private Colleges That Offer the Most Creative Art Scholarship Aid—StudentLoans.net (2017)
Hidden Southeast Gems—College Raptor (2018)
Bronze Medal—ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge (2018)


Students of color: 18.8%
Out-of-state: 22%
International: < 1%


A wide range of majors, minors and preprofessional programs, with the opportunity to design your own major.
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: 82.2%
Average time to graduation: 3.98 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

89% 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
26 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 (SACSCOC) to award the Bachelor of Arts degree. Questions about the accreditation of Transylvania University may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website.