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This is It

Explore Transylvania University

4 Who We Are
6 Lexington
10 Academics
14 Research
16 Travel Opportunities
18 Majors and Minors
20 Pioneer Success
24 Residence Life
28 Campus Life
30 Community Engagement
32 Athletics
34 Next Steps

Top 100 National Liberal Arts Colleges (U.S. News, 2018)

Who We Are

1 of only 9 top-100 liberal arts colleges in a city with a population over 300,000.

Lexington, Kentucky—The Perfect College City.

Forget what you think you know about Kentucky. We’re more than horses and bluegrass.

Lexington is a thriving, creative, friendly city. Our location in the heart of downtown means you can

always find something fun—you’re within walking distance of amazing restaurants, movie theaters,

shops, concerts and festivals.

And just a short ride from beautiful hiking trails, horse farms, camping and canoeing.

What we’re saying is there’s no better place to be a college student.

While you’re here:
Catch the horse races at Keeneland
Shop at The Square
Bike the Legacy Trail
Visit our many downtown murals
See a movie at Kentucky Theatre
Go to a concert at a downtown venue
Check out a Legends baseball game
Eat at one of the many downtown restaurants

See more:

Lexington—opportunities abound.

No waiting until after college to start your life. Hundreds of jobs and internships are within reach. Get creative with an exciting community.

Gain real-world experience to build your future.

That’s our city.

That’s Lexington.

#29 Best places to live in the United States (U.S. News & World Report, 2019)
Vogue #9 U.S. Destination to Visit
#2 Best Mid-Sized City for New Grads (Online Degrees, 2018)
#8 U.S. Destination (Lonely Planet, 2018)

Emily Novak had a part-time restaurant job in Lexington while in school. She turned that love for cooking—and her Transy science degree—into a full scholarship to Le Cordon Bleu culinary school in New Zealand.

—Emily Novak ’14, Double Major in Chemistry and Biology

Our students intern locally with:

Alltech Inc.
Big Ass Solutions
Buffalo Trace Distillery
Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation
Central Baptist Hospital
Eastern State Hospital
Kentucky Educational Television
KentuckyOne Health
Lexington Art League
Lexington Community Radio
Lyric Theatre
Shangri-La Studios
Shriners Hospital for Children
Smiley Pete Publishing
St. Joseph Hospital
Tempur Sealy International
University of Kentucky Athletics


One of the Top Schools in the Nation.

Who am I? What does it mean to be human? What is success?

Transylvania will teach you to ask the deep questions of the world and seek out creative ways to find answers. You’ll explore a broad range of subjects, while getting expert training in your major.

We’ll help make you a well-rounded communicator and problem-solver, all while preparing you for success in your chosen field.

This is Transylvania University. Take a closer look at what it means to be a pioneer.

Top 10% America’s Top Colleges (Forbes, 2018)
#60 Best Value Liberal Arts Colleges (U.S. News and World Report, 2019)
#76 Best National Liberal Arts Colleges (U.S. News and World Report, 2018)
#12 Best Colleges for the Money (USA Today/College Factual, 2018)

This of it this way:
1/3 Major Courses, 1/3 Gen Ed Courses, 1/3 to use however you’d like

Average time to degree:
Transylvania University – 3.98 years
Average Private – 4.8 years
Average Public – 5.2 years

The faculty-student relationship sets us apart.

The professors take pride in really getting to know you, challenging and drawing the best out of you. They’ll walk with you the whole way—helping you find jobs and recommending you to graduate schools.

You’ll work together on not just your research, but theirs. In collaboration with their professors, recent students have tested a virtual reality lab, scuba dived to study shipwrecks underwater and tracked personality traits in sparrows.

We don’t use graduate assistants or teaching assistants, just professors who will give you the very best training there is.

Elle Woolery conducted excavation work with anthropology professor Chris Begley, and from her experience received a Davies-Jackson Scholarship to study archaeology at Cambridge University.

—Elle Woolery ’17, Archaeology graduate student, St. John’s College, Cambridge University

Average Class Size: 15
98% of Faculty hold the Highest Degree in their Field
11:1 Student-to-Faculty Ratio

Zoé Strecker engages her students in her research on Pine Mountain, where she takes on economic, social and environmental issues through art displays. She team-teaches a May term course at the state park that covers mountaintop removal, biodiversity and human culture in mining areas.

—Zoé Strecker, Art Professor


“My research was one of the most significant parts of my medical school application. It showed that my knowledge extended beyond book learning and that I had applied what I learned to the real world.”

—Mark Sirianno ’19, Accepted to UK Medical School; researched neisseria gonorrhoeae with biology professor Paul Duffin

“Having a strong background in research is what graduate schools look for to determine if candidates will be successful. Having almost three years of experience by the time I graduate will help me stand out.”

—Christine Phipps ’19, Researches metals found in organisms that live in extreme environments like volcanoes

Don’t wait to make discoveries.

We make sure all of our students get the chance to do exciting, high-level research through grants, faculty collaboration and independent projects—much of which you can’t get as an undergraduate student at other colleges.

You’ll design your own studies and present your results. There’s no limit to what you can find.

Recent research projects:
• The role of virtual reality in business and marketing
• A study of Mexican immigrant women in Lexington
• Exploring the need for post-release opioid abuse recovery
• The effects of wine consumption on insulin sensitivity
• Research at the Institute for Popular Democracy in Manila, Philippines

Travel Opportunities

Open doors to places you’ve never imagined. Where will you study?

20 Fulbright English Teaching Assistants since 2007

Global and Intercultural Engagement

Transy offers countless opportunities to combine the excitement of travel with life-changing education experiences, no matter your major.

There are several different ways to study abroad—independently, through one of our partner institutions, for a semester, during the summer or as part of May term.

Learn more: Complete List of GlobalTransy Programs

Recent opportunities to study abroad:

Politics of the Developing World: Ghana
Economics of Food Consumption: South Korea
International Humanitarian Law: Ecuador
Marine Biology: Fiji
Spanish for Medical Professionals: Costa Rica
Sport and Exercise Psychology: Scotland

Peace Corps Prep

Transylvania and the Peace Corps have a partnership that combines coursework, community service and professional leadership training to prepare you for post-graduate service in the Peace Corps, as well as careers in international development.

You’ll get special consideration for acceptance should you apply to the Peace Corps after graduation.

Learn more: Peace Corps Prep Program

Majors and Minors

Transy has a 4-4-1 schedule with two four-month terms and a unique four-week May term, where you’ll take specialized classes, many of which involve international travel.

May term

Our unique May term offers four-week courses for you to try something outside your major—often with travel involved. These classes are exciting and creative, and may unlock a passion you never knew you had.

Recent May term courses:
Arts of Anime
Historical Archaeology
Drawing on Ireland
Travel and Tourism in Chicago
The Bomb
Genetics and Athletics
Philosophy and Disability
Politics in the News

46 Majors plus additional minors and preprofessional programs

Art History
Biology: Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior Track
Biology: Molecular and Cellular Biology Track
Business Administration
Business Administration: Finance Track
Business Administration: Management Track
Business Administration: Marketing Track
Business Administration: Hospitality and Tourism Track
Chemistry: Biochemistry Track
Computer Science
Digital Arts and Media
Education—Elementary: P-5
Education—Middle Grades: 5-9
Education and Social Change
French Language and Literature
German Studies
Health and Exercise Science
International Affairs
Music Studies
Music Education
Music Performance
Music Technology
Philosophy, Politics, and Economics
Political Science
Spanish Language and Literature
Teaching Art
Teaching Chemistry
Writing, Rhetoric, and Communication

Minors available in most majors and:

Asian Studies
Classical Studies
Creative Writing
Education Minor for Secondary Certification (8-12)
Environmental Studies
Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Preprofessional preparation in:

Health Professions: dentistry, medicine, occupational therapy, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, veterinary medicine, nursing

Self-designed majors also available

For example:
Sports Management
International Security
Criminal Behavioral Studies
Social Justice
Child Study
Intercultural Communication
Political Communication
Nutrition and Sustainability
Historical Rhetoric
Multicultural Studies
American Studies
Business Information Systems
Digital Imaging and Application Design
Public Relations

Pioneer Success

“To have faculty and staff that recognized my growth potential and pushed me toward that was indescribable. Having the tools like Career Development and resources like the DArt lab is such an asset to students who don’t know how to hone their skills.”

—Lesley Goodaker ’17, A vice president from Pure Dental Brands attended her Transy Senior Seminar presentation and offered her a job on the spot.

95% employed or enrolled in grad school within 6 months

Preparing you for a fulfilling career is our mission.

We know many students choose Transy to help them find their perfect career. Our faculty will work with you, helping to identify your strengths and passions and making a plan to get you ready for your dream job.

Plus, the Center for Academic and Professional Enrichment has programs in place to get you well on your way as soon as you get on campus:

100 Doors to Success

We’ll connect you with a successful alumni mentor who will meet with you regularly throughout your four years to build your network and give you valuable advice.

Career Development

Our Office of Career Development will walk you through the entire job search process and help connect you with employers. You can continue to meet with them long after you’ve graduated.

Take a look at some of the jobs in which our graduates excel:
Uber | Senior Program Manager of Map Operations
NASA | Technical Advisor
Shepherd Therapeutics | Founder and CEO
CBS | Creative Director of Virtual Environments
Bank of America | Senior Vice President
Facebook | Engineering Manager
Walt Disney | Principal Project Engineer
Vantiv | Vice President of Cyber Security
Chief United States District Judge
Domino’s | VP of Franchise Development and Recruiting
U.S. Equestrian Federation | Director of Sponsorship & Sales
Harvard College Women’s Center | Director
U.S. Department of Defense | Analyst
Lexmark International | Analytical Chemist
ESPN | Vice President and Talk Show Host
PGA Tour | Senior Director Corporate Communications
Centers for Disease Control | Public Health Veterinarian and Health Scientist
The Washington Post | Graphics Reporter
Smithsonian Institution | Chief of Exhibit Planning
Enuma | Educational Game Design Consultant

Compete at the Highest Level.

“Transylvania gave me a leg up relative to the other applicants. My biology professor said I’d be really competitive and wrote a recommendation letter for me—I was very humbled by it and am grateful to her for pushing me.”

—Nashwin Laungani ’15, Cralle Fellowship ($15,000 and tuition), University of Kentucky School of Dentistry

More than 90% of our students recommended to medical schools & other health professions programs are admitted.

100% of our students recommended to law schools are admitted

Our students are consistently accepted to some of the most prestigious graduate programs in the country. And it’s no surprise. The personal attention you receive from faculty, the depth of knowledge you gain and the development of your interpersonal communication preps you to compete against the nation’s top minds. You’ll be any graduate school’s dream candidate.

Graduate School Partnerships

Transy has teamed up with the University of Kentucky to give our students a leg up on competitive graduate study.

While at Transy, take up to six engineering courses at UK at no additional cost. You’ll be prepared to go straight into UK’s graduate school for engineering, where you can earn a master’s in as little as one year.

3+2 Dual-Degree Engineering
Earn a bachelor’s degree from Transylvania in three years, and then a second bachelor’s degree from the UK College of Engineering in two years.

UK Early Assurance Program for Medicine
Transy has assured admission of up to three students per year into the University of Kentucky College of Medicine-Northern Kentucky Campus. You’ll get special perks like exposure to hospital and office practice, shadowing and mentoring from physicians, MCAT preparation and a one-week boot camp to prepare you for med school.

3+4 Pre-Pharmacy and Pharm.D.
Complete three years at Transylvania before going straight into pharmacy school at UK—the no. 6 pharmacy school in the nation according to U.S. News.

Learn more: Graduate Partnerships

Where students have continued graduate study:
Brown University | Ancient History
Columbia University | Physical Therapy
Vanderbilt University | Nursing
London School of Economics | Gender, Media, and Culture
Duke University | Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
Johns Hopkins | Developmental Biology
American Graduate School (France) | Diplomacy and Law
New York University | French Literary Translation
Penn State University | Law
Clemson University | Architecture
University of Pittsburgh | Pharmacy
University of Virginia | Education
Indiana University | Medicine
Cambridge University | Archaeology
University of Central Florida | Game Design and Production
Xavier University | Clinical Psychology

Residence Life

Make yourself at home.

More than anything, Transylvania is your home.

Sure, our suite-style residence halls have plenty of community spaces to work and study. But let’s be honest, most of your memories will be made outside your studies—having fun and growing together with your friends.

That’s why in all of our residence halls, we’ve created spaces for you to watch TV, play games and just hang out and make friendships that will last a lifetime.

Learn more: First Year Housing and Dining

Check out our new residence halls

3 new suite-style residence halls
45% campus expansion in the last 10 years

On-campus dining
Buffet style cafeteria
Campus Grille
Gratz Perk Café

Meal Plans
10 meals per week
14 meals per week
19 meals per week
160 meals per term
Included in room and board

Brand New for 2020.

Transylvania is building a new campus center and dining facility that is planned to open in fall 2020. It will have student activities, a café, a fitness center, an amphitheater, common areas and much more.

We’re committed to life outside the classroom, and this new campus center will be a place where you’ll become a student leader, build your health and wellness and have unforgettable experiences with your friends.

We can’t wait for you to enjoy it.

See more: Campus Center

Campus Life

Fit in. Stand out.

Our students are part of a family that grows together, learns together and has fun together. You’ll find people who share your interests and people who will challenge you.

Join one of our more than 50 campus clubs and organizations, where you can show your creativity, be a leader, get fit and have a great time. Or start your own. It’s all up to you.

Just a few of the active organizations:
Anime Fan Club
Black Student Alliance
Culinary Club
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
ImprompTU Improv Group
Interfaith Alliance
Karate Club
Student Newspaper
SpeakOut Spoken Word
Speech and Debate Team
Student Organization of Latinos
Student Government
Transy Bikes
Transylvania Environmental Action League
Theatre Guild

50+ Campus Clubs & Organizations

Greek Life:
Around half of our students are in a fraternity or sorority. And it’s not just fun and games—our Greek life is about academic excellence, leadership development and community engagement while making lifelong friends.

Delta Sigma Phi
Kappa Alpha Order
Phi Kappa Tau
Pi Kappa Alpha

Alpha Omicron Pi
Chi Omega
Delta Delta Delta
Phi Mu

Community Engagement

Learn and grow in a vibrant city.

We believe that engaging with the community around us is of the utmost importance, and there are plenty of opportunities to partner with local organizations to make a difference in Lexington.

You’ll develop leadership skills and grow as a citizen and neighbor—and have a lot of fun along the way.


90% of students involved in community engagement

Local Transy partners:
Habitat for Humanity
Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning
The Nest Center for Women, Children 
and Families
God’s Pantry Food Bank
Glean KY
London Ferrill Community Garden
Kentucky Refugee Ministries
Arbor Youth Services
Fayette County Schools
Common Good
And many more

“I really like the connection with the Lexington community, since after college I want to work with a community-based organization. Already having that relationship and getting that experience is something that means a lot to me.”

—Aaron Martin ’19, Volunteer grant researcher at The Nest Center for Women in downtown Lexington


27 intercollegiate athletic teams:
Field Hockey
Swimming and diving
Track and field

More than 50 conference championships since 2004
41% student athletes
More than 500 Academic All-Conference selections since 2004

Play hard.

Our Pioneers know what it takes to win.

They train and compete in state-of-the-art facilities with a highly skilled athletics staff and die-hard fans cheering on their every move. Our coaches support our athletes’ academic pursuits while pushing their players to perform at the highest level—for conference and national championships.

Intramural Sports:
3-on-3 Basketball
Ultimate Frisbee
Flag Football

“Being a student-athlete at Transylvania is a holistic approach to learning. My experience has taught me how to become adaptable and to strive for balance.”

—Graham Smith ’19, NICAA national runner-up, Javelin, 2019 Pioneer Male Athlete of the Year

Next Steps

Admissions Checklist

The 5-step guide for applying to Transylvania University

1. Schedule your campus visit
Our admissions office is open for visits Monday-Friday and select weekends. Individual visits are available weekdays and select Saturdays. Visit classes, talk to professors or coaches, even stay overnight and get the full Transy experience. Check out for all visit options.

2. Choose your application plan and apply
Students who wish to receive priority consideration for admission, merit scholarships and Premier Scholarships must apply by the Early Action I (Oct. 31) or Early Action II (Dec. 1) deadline. Regular Decision applicants must apply by Feb. 1 and will be considered for admission and merit scholarships.

We have a test-optional policy, so you don’t need to send us your ACT or SAT scores if you don’t feel they are an accurate representation of your academic ability. Read more at

3. Submit the FAFSA
To apply for all forms of need-based aid, you need only to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This form is required for students seeking any federal or state aid (including grants, loans and work-study). The FAFSA is available for submission as early as Oct. 1.

4. Receive your financial aid award package
After you complete your application and FAFSA, you will receive your admissions decision! After your admission, we’ll provide a full estimated Financial Aid Award Package that will detail all of the institutional, federal and state aid that will be provided to you and your family to attend college. This will allow you to see your total out-of-pocket cost to attend Transylvania and make your college decision.

5. Respond to admission decision by May 1
May 1 is the National Candidate Reply Date, the deadline to make your college decision. Make sure you take advantage of every opportunity to compare Transylvania against your other college choices. We are here to help; contact us anytime at (800) 872-6798 or

Oct. 1: File the FAFSA as early as Oct. 1
Oct. 31*: Early Action I Deadline
Dec. 1*: Early Action II Deadline
Feb. 1: Regular Decision Deadline
May 1: National Candidate Reply Date

*Deadlines for Premier Scholarship consideration

See for yourself. Plan your visit today.

Drive Times:
Louisiville: 1 hr
Cincinnati: 1.5 hrs
Columbus: 3 hrs
Indianapolis: 3 hrs
Nashville: 3.5 hrs
Chicago: 6 hrs
Atlanta: 6.5 hrs
Washington, D.C.: 8.5 hrs

Transylvania University Quick Facts

Transylvania University is a highly ranked private 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.

Enrollment: Approximately 1,000 students
Founded: 1780 as the 16th college in the U.S.
President: Seamus Carey
Student/faculty ratio: 11:1
Average class size: 15
Majors: 46, with the opportunity to design your own
Success rate: 95% are employed or in graduate school within 6 months of graduation
Student organizations: 50+
Intercollegiate Athletic Teams: 27
Affiliation: Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), although the campus community embraces individuals of all faiths and spiritual practices

Contact us
Office of Admissions
300 North Broadway
Lexington, KY 40508
(859) 233-8242 | (800) 872-6798