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Affiliated and Inclusive

Transylvania is committed to cultivating a campus environment of mutual respect and impassioned conviction and developing leaders who will succeed in a diverse and connected world. The community embraces individuals of all faiths and spiritual practices and strives to create an atmosphere of honest inquiry where everyone—the faithful and the skeptical—feels welcome.


Transylvania students join in activities related to Holi Festival, a Hindu celebration of spring during which participants toss scented powder into the air. The festivities encourage a loosening of the traditional social norms regarding gender and caste.

The Office of Religious Life offers programming and events that connect students to their religious traditions, assist them in spiritual exploration, promote understanding of diverse beliefs, and empower students to act in the community.

Review the Religious Life Strategic Plan.

In addition, the associate dean for religious life works to integrate spiritual and intellectual pursuits on campus, while also offering students personal guidance and counseling.


Seeking to strengthen the university following the upheaval of the Civil War, Transylvania established an affiliation with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in 1865. Both institutions share a similar goal: developing thoughtful, responsible citizens of solid character. The history of the Disciples reveals a focus on unity in faith, higher education as a path to understanding, and tolerance when faced with differences. Transylvania is proud to embrace these same values.

The Chapel

The chapel in Old Morrison

The chapel in Old Morrison as it undergoes a minor renovation.

The chapel in Old Morrison has long represented the heart of the university. In an effort to make it a more comfortable space for everyone on campus, a group of students, faculty, staff, and alumni recently recommended a few changes. Comfortable chairs have replaced the pews, and banners that represent the multiple religious traditions of the Transylvania community are on the walls.

As the modest makeover got underway, Wilson Dickinson, associate dean for religious life, offered his thoughts. “It is my hope the chapel will be a place of prayer, meditation, passionate dialogue, celebration, and worship for all members of our community.”

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