Crimson Compass

Admitted Student Event

Pack your bags and join us on Transylvania University’s campus for one of our two-day Crimson Compass events. We’ll host you overnight and help you navigate the next steps and explore the new opportunities that await you as a Pioneer.

Five Reasons to attend Crimson Compass

  1. Get to know your fellow Class of 2024 Pioneers.
  2. Check out all of the major campus upgrades we’ve been making.
  3. Picture yourself living in exciting downtown Lexington.
  4. Meet our incredible faculty members who will help guide you to a successful college career.
  5. Enjoy a whole bunch of great food and fun events as you get your first taste of life as a Transylvania Pioneer!
Recreation and games during Crimson Compass
Walking tour of downtown Lexington
Outings to local attractions such as Keeneland

Tentative Schedule

Day 1

  • 3:45 p.m. – Arrival and check-in at Cowgill Center
  • 4:15 p.m. – Welcome from Transylvania
  • 4:30 p.m. – Student and Family Break-out Sessions
  • 6 p.m. – Dinner like a Pioneer
  • 6:45 p.m. – Family members depart; students begin evening activity

Day 2

  • 8:30 a.m. – Breakfast and Student Panel
  • 9:30 a.m. – Transylvania Classroom visits
  • 10:30 a.m. – The First-Year Academic Experience session
  • 11:15 a.m. – Paying for Transy and Next Steps student and family sessions
  • Noon – Pioneer Resource Fair and confetti celebration for new Pioneers
  • After 12:30 p.m. – Optional lunch and campus tours

 At Crimson Compass, you have the opportunity to meet friends, eat good food and learn why our students are so proud to be a part of this deeply woven community that we call family. Visiting our campus, especially for Crimson Compass, will be an experience you won’t forget.

Jackson Campbell ’22

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I bring to Crimson Compass?
We’ll provide you with many of the materials you’ll need for Crimson Compass, but there are a few things you should plan to bring with you:

  • A sleeping bag and pillow
  • Toiletries and shower items
  • Clothes for walking around town (Kentucky spring weather is notoriously unpredictable, so be sure to check the forecast)
  • Clothes to wear to classes and sessions with faculty (we’re casual, but make a good first impression)
  • Your preferred note-taking device
  • Health insurance and release forms
  • An appetite

We’ve created a full packing list here that goes into further detail.

Where do I check in?
Check-in is in the Clive M. Beck Center on the corner of Broadway and Fourth Street. Here’s a campus map for reference.

Where should we park?
Parking will be behind the Mitchell Fine Arts Center on Fourth Street—just print out this parking pass. We’ll help you take your stuff to the Beck Center from there.

Where will I sleep?
This year we’re camping out as one big, happy family in the Beck Center. It’ll be a fun way to spend more time with your fellow classmates after the evening activities.

Where will my family sleep?
There are several hotels in the area—check this list of preferred hotels for a couple of the best options.

Do I need to bring cash?
Nope! All your meals and events are covered. Although, you may want to shop at the bookstore to pick up some sweet Transy swag before you go.

Who will be at the resource fair?
Student Transitions, Office of Campus and Community Engagement, Health and Wellness, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Parent and Family Programs, Office of Global and Intercultural Engagement, Accounting and Financial Aid.

Can I deposit at Crimson Compass?
Yes, you can. The accounting office will be available to take cash, check and credit card deposit payments.

Enjoy great meals on campus
Have fun getting to know your future classmates
Get familiar with Transy’s surroundings

Preferred Hotels

Courtyard Marriott North

Contact: Meredith Brown, Sales Coordinator

775 Newtown Ct.
Lexington, KY 40511

Hotel Phone: 859-253-4646

Springhill Suites

Contact: Damon Tichenor, Sales Manager

863 S. Broadway 
Lexington, KY 40391

Hotel Phone: 859-225-1500