Transylvania University

Private university in Lexington, Kentucky, United States

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Transylvania University
Transylvania University seal.png
Seal of Transylvania University
MottoIn Lumine Illo Tradimus Lumen (Latin)
Motto in English
In That Light, We Pass On The Light
TypePrivate, liberal arts
Established1780; 240 years ago (1780)
Religious affiliation
Disciples of Christ[1]
Endowment$191.2 million (2019)[2]
PresidentBrien Lewis, J.D.[3]
Location, ,
United States

38°03′08″N 84°29′37″W / 38.0522°N 84.4936°W / 38.0522; -84.4936Coordinates: 38°03′08″N 84°29′37″W / 38.0522°N 84.4936°W / 38.0522; -84.4936
Colors     Crimson
AthleticsNCAA Division IIIHCAC, OAC, ORLC
MascotRaf, Rafinesque's big-eared bat[6]
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Transylvania University, colloquially known as "Transy", is a private university in Lexington, Kentucky. It was founded in 1780 and was the first university in Kentucky. It offers 36 major programs, as well as dual-degree engineering programs, and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Its medical program graduated 8,000 physicians by 1859.[7]

Transylvania's name, meaning "across the woods" in Latin, stems from the university's founding in the heavily forested region of western Virginia known as the Transylvania Colony, which became most of Kentucky in 1792.[8]

Transylvania is the alma mater of two U.S. vice presidents, two U.S. Supreme Court justices, 50 U.S. senators, 101 U.S. representatives, 36 U.S. governors, 34 U.S. ambassadors, and one Confederate President, making it a large producer of U.S. statesmen.[7]

  1. ^ Wright, Jr., John D. (2006). Transylvania: Tutor to the West. The University Press of Kentucky.
  2. ^ As of June 30, 2019. "U.S. and Canadian 2019 NTSE Participating Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2019 Endowment Market Value, and Percentage Change in Market Value from FY18 to FY19 (Revised)". National Association of College and University Business Officers and TIAA. Retrieved April 23, 2020.
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  4. ^ As of fall 2016. "Student headcount by level: All independent institutions (2006-16)" (PDF). Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. Commonwealth of Kentucky. Retrieved March 4, 2018.
  5. ^ NAICU – Member Directory Archived November 9, 2015, at the Wayback Machine
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  7. ^ a b John, Jr. Wright, ed. Transylvania: Tutor to the West (2nd ed. 1980)
  8. ^ "Transylvania University's Name". Transylvania University. Archived from the original on February 10, 2011. Retrieved November 19, 2008.

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