Transylvania University

Transylvania University

Transylvania University is located in downtown Lexington, Kentucky, United States. It is a privately supported, liberal arts institution. Transylvania University is commonly referred to as Transy. The University was established in 1780 and was the sixteenth college to be established in the United States. Transy is spread over a 48-acre campus. Students are offered courses of study in diverse subjects through the following academic divisions of the college:

  • Division of Business and Economics
  • Division of Education, Physical Education and Exercise Science
  • Division of Fine Arts
  • Division of Humanities
  • Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  • Division of Social Sciences

Transylvania University is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, and the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. The athletic teams of the university are nicknamed as the Pioneers. The Pioneers participate in varsity sports including baseball, basketball, cross country, swimming, soccer, golf, volleyball, and tennis.

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Contacting Transylvania University

Transylvania University
300 N Broadway
Lexington , KY 40508-1797
General Phone: (859) 233-8300

Transylvania University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts100French language, Spanish language, Classical languages, English, liberal arts and sciences, anthropology, economics, political science, sociology, ...
Business and Management45business, accounting
Science33biology, chemistry, physics
Therapy and Counseling29psychology
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy12exercise science
Education and Teaching11elementary school teaching, middle school teaching, music teaching, physical education teaching, chemistry teaching
Religion and Philosophy11philosophy, religion
Fine Arts7fine arts, art history and criticism
Drama and Performing Arts5drama, various performing arts
Computer Science and Engineering5computer and info science
Music2music performance

Number of programs and degrees for Transylvania University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree26432

Transylvania University Student Body

In 2007-2008, Transylvania University had a total enrollment of 1,153 students (1,165 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 40%
Women 60%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 85%
Black 3%
Hispanic 1%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 9%
(Foreign Students) 0%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 43%
20-21 44%
22-24 10%
25-29 0%
35-39 0%
40-49 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New Jersey1%

Transylvania University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 88 %

Transylvania University Room and Board (2007)

Transylvania University offers campus housing for 947 of its 1,165 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Lexington, Kentucky for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Kentucky Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 21 meals per week.

Transylvania University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal530630
SAT Math525620
SAT Writing540630
ACT Verbal2429
ACT Math2328
ACT Composite2329

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT11%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT89%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Transylvania University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 23,810
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 23,810
Room and board $ 7,450
Books and supplies $ 1,000
Other expenses $ 1,350

Financial Aid:
Transylvania University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 198700)

Transylvania University Faculty

Transylvania University has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year29$88,5669$85,042
Associate professoracademic year11$69,02512$68,380
Assistant professoracademic year10$55,60810$51,496
Instructoracademic year2*2*
All faculty totalacademic year52$76,73433$67,161

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Transylvania University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference
Baseball Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference
Track Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference

Transylvania University Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business/Commerce, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Visual and Performing Arts, Other

Education And Teaching
Chemistry Teacher Education
Elementary Education and Teaching
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
History, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, Other
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Music Performance, General

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Kinesiology and Exercise Science

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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What Sets Transylvania University Apart:

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% of degrees in science
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Top 6%Transylvania University % of degrees in science
% of degrees in drama and performing arts
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Top 8%Transylvania University % of degrees in drama and performing arts
% of degrees in mathematics
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Top 11%Transylvania University % of degrees in mathematics
Number of students
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Top 11%Transylvania University Number of students
Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
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Top 13%Transylvania University Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
Student SAT scores
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Top 14%Transylvania University Student SAT scores
Salaries of full-time faculty
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Top 15%Transylvania University Salaries of full-time faculty
Number of degree programs
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Top 17%Transylvania University Number of degree programs
% of degrees in liberal arts
(colleges not offering open-admission)
Top 18%Transylvania University % of degrees in liberal arts

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checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Career counseling
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checked Student employment services
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Offers a board (meal) plan
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked Has ROTC (army, air force)
checked NCAA athletic conference member

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