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

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  • About the University

    Mission and Values

    Through an engagement with the liberal arts, Transylvania University prepares its students for a humane and fulfilling personal and public life by cultivating independent thinking, open-mindedness, creative expression, and commitment to lifelong learning and social responsibility in a diverse world.

    As pioneers, our centuries-long commitment to achieving excellence in liberal arts education is guided by five essential values:

    • Integrity
    • Innovation
    • Diversity
    • Community
    • Perseverance


    • Lexington, Ky., population 300,000
    • 24 major buildings on 60 acres
    • Historic neighborhood in Lexington's downtown


    • Private liberal arts college


    • Although Transylvania is affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the campus community embraces individuals of all faiths and spiritual practices and strives to create an atmosphere of honest inquiry and inclusiveness.


    • Seamus Carey became Transylvania's 26th president on July 1, 2014.


    • Founded in 1780
    • 16th college in the U.S.
    • First college west of the Allegheny Mountains


    • Transylvania is Latin for across the woods, an appropriate description of Kentucky in the late 1700s.
    • U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges
    • Princeton Review's Best 378 Colleges
    • Barron's Best Buys in College Education
    • America's Best Value Colleges
    • Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097; Telephone 404-679-4501) to award the bachelor of arts degree.
    • Education program accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education at the initial teacher preparation level.
    • $147,438,068 as of June 30, 2013
  • About the Students

    Total Student Population
    • Average enrollment  1,100
    • Female  57%
    • Male  43%
    • Students of color 13%
    • Out-of-state  23%
    • International  3%
    First-year Students (Fall 2013)
    • First-year applicants  1,540
    • Percent admitted  83%
    • First-year class  311
    • Female  51%
    • Male  49%
    • Students of color 19%
    • Out-of-state  28%
    • International  6%
    • Average ACT score  27
    • Average GPA  3.69
    • National Merit Finalists  3
    • Graduated in the top 10 percent of their high school class  45%
  • Academics


    • 38 majors and 37 minors
    • Opportunities to design your own major
    • Preparation for careers in law, medicine, engineering, and accounting


    • Total full-time faculty  95
    • Faculty with a terminal degree  98%
    • Student-to-faculty ratio  11:1
    Class Size
    • Average class size  13
    • Percentage of classes with 10 or fewer students  41%
    • Classes with more than 35 students  0
    Academic Calendar
    • August term for first-year students
    • Two 14-week terms
    • One-month May term
    • Optional summer session
    Study Abroad
    • Nearly 65 percent of students study abroad.
    • Study abroad is offered for the term, year, or summer at locations around the world, including a semester program at Regent's College in London, England.
  • Student Success

    • First-year retention rate  87%
    • Average time to graduation  4.11 years
    • More than 90 percent of students recommended for medical school are accepted.
    • Typically 100 percent of students recommended for law school are accepted.
    • 95 percent of students are in graduate school or employed within 6 months of graduation.
    • 57 percent enter the workforce after graduation.
    • 38 percent enter graduate/professional school after graduation.
  • Campus Life

  • Cost and Aid

    • Tuition and fees  $33,360
    • Room and board  $9,300
    • Tuition cost is below the national average for comparable private liberal arts colleges.
    • The Pioneer Pledge guarantees graduation in four years, offers a 12-month payment plan, and allows you to lock in the tuition rate for four years.
    • Transylvania offers extensive merit-based scholarships and need-based assistance.
    • More than 98 percent of students receive some kind of financial aid.

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