Pursue Bold Paths

We are Pioneers, always taking steps forward. We connect. We thrive. United by diverse backgrounds and ideas, we seize opportunities. At Transylvania University, we pursue bold paths.

What does pursuing bold paths mean at Transylvania? 

It’s acknowledging that every student is on a unique journey, one that goes far beyond just getting a degree. This is about discovering that career or field where you can flourish, and walking alongside faculty, mentors and peers who will help guide and encourage you along the way.

Our students learn to lead, communicate, empathize, make connections and creatively solve problems — teaching them to thrive in a rapidly changing world where the most valuable skills are the ones that can’t be automated. It’s why our graduates are leaders, innovators and decision-makers in a huge variety of fields. They’ve stepped out into an uncertain future with courage and resilience and paved the way for so many others.

You can make this journey your own — Pursue Bold Paths at Transylvania.

Transy by the numbers

What will your path look like?

eleven to one student-to-faculty ratio
fifteen; average class size
ninety five percent employed of in grad school within six months

What path will you take?

Earn Your Victory

Transy student-athletes succeed both on the court and in the classroom. Our Pioneers fly high, like our mascot, Raf the bat, with the support of coaches who push them to excel.


  • 26 intercollegiate sports
  • 69 NCAA postseason appearances
  • 74 All-Americans
  • More than 400 student-athletes
  • 701 Academic All-Conference selections

Make Your Mark

At Transylvania, we encourage you to fully express yourself. Whether you’re a biology major who likes to write poetry or an actor with an interest in physics, you’ve got layers and we want you to explore them. 

Expand your curiosity by getting involved in a wide range of active clubs and organizations — we have more than 50! Or create something brand new and make your mark on campus.

Blaze Your Trail

Every student has the opportunity to make their mark on Transylvania’s campus. Whether you choose to join an academic honor society, student government or fraternity and sorority life, you can grow as a leader and be recognized for your accomplishments.  

Whether you’re a sorority president or a team manager, you’ll find your path here. Show the world you have what it takes to make an impact.

Find Your People

At Transylvania, you’ll make lifelong connections with both your classmates and the community. You can give back to Lexington through a nonprofit partnership or participate in our Student Alumni Association. Plan the parties that everyone attends as part of our Student Activities Board. Cheer on the Pioneers at the Beck Center. Work with your peers to ensure that Transy is a caring community where all voices are valued.

A place for the curious, the bold and the go‑getters

The journey is the reward. The twists and turns don’t get you down. They excite you. You’re ready for the next adventure, opportunity or challenge. You’re looking for the tools and teammates to tackle them with. That’s why you belong at Transylvania. But don’t just take it from us:

I believe Transy is perfect for who I am as a person because with this university, I know I will flourish into my true self and find my individuality.

Trizie Gipson

It really is the best of both worlds having a small, liberal arts university in a bigger city like Lexington.

Ryan Wood

I can say with 100% confidence each and every professor really cares about their students. They will personally guide you and take time out of their life to really support you and help you as a student.

Christine Lee

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

You can afford Transy.

Transylvania’s tuition and fees fall below the national average for comparable private liberal arts colleges. That makes the high‑quality education you’ll receive at Transylvania a great value.