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For many thrilled students, Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky feels “like home” from the minute they set foot on campus. This is due in large part to its “small size,” which allows “Transy” to maintain a very “supportive” environment. When it comes to academics, undergrads at Transylvania savor the breadth of courses that are available. And they rush to highlight the “inclusive fine arts program,” which lets non-majors still actively participate in “music or theatre.” Many also note student success with graduate school, boasting of a “95 percent” acceptance rate to medical school and a whopping “100 percent” acceptance rate to law school. Much of this can be attributed to “rigorous” classes that “require you to think deeply and critically.” Transy’s “brilliant faculty” is owed some credit as well. They are “highly dedicated” instructors who continually demonstrate “interest...in [their] students’ lives and ambitions.” Even better, “they all have open office hours multiple days a week and often will meet with students other times as well.” And one incredulous student interjects, “I am close enough with my professors to join them for department dinners or [non-alcoholic] drinks with guest lecturers. It is a one-of-a-kind situation that I wouldn’t trade for the world.”

Student Body

Transylvania manages to foster a “very safe and accepting” atmosphere. Much of that can be attributed to the “incredibly welcoming and friendly” student body. And though the university is set in Kentucky, we’re told you find a nice “mix of classic south[ern] and northern attitudes.” You’re also likely to discover both “liberal” and “conservative” students. Unfortunately, some undergrads do caution that Transylvania is “not very diverse.” But many people insist that their peers “seem willing and curious to learn about different cultures and perspectives.” As one undergrad shares, “The majority of students on campus are openminded, creative people, and incredibly accepting of others no matter their gender, race, sexual/gender orientation, or socioeconomic status. They do not hesitate to band together to aid another student in need.” Students also love that their peers are “goal oriented” and “take their education seriously.” They “push to excel academically, socially, and athletically.” And they all enjoy being “extremely involved on campus.” Of course, the best aspect of Transy’s student body is the fact that “anywhere you go you can always find a friend or at least some people that are easy to talk to.”

Campus Life

It is pretty easy to lead a fun and robust life at Transylvania. While academics take top priority, there are also “many opportunities to get involved on campus.” For example, “there are frequently guest speakers and movie nights that students can attend for fun and for class credit.” The university hosts “a lot of theater productions and music concerts” as well. Most “people are involved with school-affiliated organizations, like the school’s “environmental conservation group” and the “Student Activities Board.” Athletics are a big draw too and you can often find undergrads playing “volleyball, basketball, soccer,” and “intramurals.” Those looking for instant community will be happy to hear that “Greek life is extremely popular.” When students are itching to get a break from campus life, downtown Lexington offers a plethora of great options including “a ton of neat places within walking distance, such as... the Central Bank Center, Triangle Park, the Mary Todd Lincoln House, and the Lexington Opera House.” All in all, there’s “so much to do, and there’s always something new to discover.”

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Janice Rajcan
Campus Visits Coordinator

Office of Admissions
300 North Broadway
Lexington, KY 40508-1797



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
William T. Young Campus Center
Beck Athletic and Recreation Center
Cowgill Center
New Residence Halls
Gratz Perk Cafe

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Downtown Lexington
Fayette Mall
Hamburg Pavilion
Rupp Arena

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday and some Saturdays
8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions


Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

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Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

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Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

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Select days during the semester


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Blue Grass Airport

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the Northwest Follow I-64 East or I-75 South. These interstates merge; take the Lexington-Paris exit (Exit 113). From the ramp, turn right on North Broadway. Follow North Broadway to Fourth Street. Transylvania's campus is between Fourth and Third streets. From the East and South Follow I-64 West or I-75 North. These interstates merge; take the Lexington-Paris exit (Exit 113). From the ramp, turn right on North Broadway. Follow North Broadway to Fourth Street. Transylvania's campus is between Fourth and Third streets. From the Southwest Take I-65 North to Elizabethtown. Take the Bluegrass Parkway exit at Elizabethtown, and follow this to the end of the Parkway; bear right to Lexington. Follow this road approximately 10 miles to downtown Lexington. After the street becomes one-way, turn left on Broadway and go seven blocks to Third Street. Transylvania's campus is between Third and Fourth streets.

Local Accommodations
Several of these hotels offer discounts to Transy visitors (depending on availability and season): Sire Hotel 120 West Second Street (0.4 miles from campus) 844-382-7378 https://tapestrycollection3.hilton.com/tc/sire-hotel-lexington/ Hilton Hotel 369 West Vine Street (0.6 miles from campus) (859) 231-9000 https://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/kentucky/hilton-lexington-downtown-LEXDTHF/index.html Marriott's Griffin Gate Resort 1800 Newtown Pike (3.6 miles from campus) (800) 228-9290 www.griffingatemarriott.com Embassy Suites Hotel Lexington 1801 Newtown Pike (3.3 miles from campus) (859) 455-5107 https://embassysuites3.hilton.com/en/hotels/kentucky/embassy-suites-by-hilton-lexington-uk-coldstream-LEXESES/index.html Hyatt Regency Hotel 400 West Vine Street (0.5 miles from campus) (800) 233-1234 https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/kentucky/hyatt-regency-lexington/lexrl


Applicants: 1,974
Acceptance Rate: 85%
Average HS GPA: 3.79



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