Transylvania University

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300 N. Broadway

Lexington, KY 40508-1797

Phone: (859) 233-8300
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Feb. 1
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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#76 Overall Score: 60 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Transylvania University is a private institution that was founded in 1780. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,074, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 46 acres. Transylvania University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 76. Its tuition and fees are $31,560 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Transylvania University offers a high quality liberal arts education through a personal approach to learning characterized by small classes, a caring faculty, and a supportive campus community. Transylvania's location in Lexington, KY, population 300,000, creates numerous student internship opportunities. In 2012, the college held its inaugural August Term, a for-credit academic experience for first-year students that allows them to adjust to the academic expectations of college life. An innovative May term also lets students focus on one course, which is often combined with travel abroad. Founded in 1780 as the nation's sixteenth college, Transylvania is among an elite handful of institutions that pioneered higher education in America.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1780
Religious affiliation Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Academic calendar other
Setting city
2012 Endowment $127,640,000


When applying to Transylvania University, it's important to note the application deadline is February 1, and the early action deadline is December 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due February 1. The application fee at Transylvania University is $30. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 84.9 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity more selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 84.9%
Application deadline February 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by February 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Transylvania University is 11:1, and the school has 73.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Transylvania University include: Business/Commerce, General; Social Sciences, General; Foreign Languages and Literatures, General; Psychology, General; and Education, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 85.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 11:1
4-year graduation rate 68%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business/Commerce, General 19%
Social Sciences, General 12%
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General 8%
Psychology, General 8%
Education, General 7%

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Student Life

Transylvania University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,074, with a gender distribution of 41.9 percent male students and 58.1 percent female students. At this school, 75 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 25 percent of students live off campus. Transylvania University is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,074
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Transylvania University offers a number of student services including placement service, health service, and health insurance. Transylvania University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Transylvania University, 85 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Transylvania University.

Students who have cars on campus 85%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Transylvania University, 68.5 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $20,083.

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Tuition and fees $31,560 (2013-14)
Room and board $8,975 (2013-14)
Financial aid statistics
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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