Mission and Values

Transylvania University, located in the heart of downtown Lexington, Kentucky, is a top‑ranked private liberal arts college featuring a community-driven, personalized approach to a liberal arts education through 46 majors. Founded in 1780, it is the 16th oldest institution of higher learning in the country, with approximately 1,000 students.

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 that inform everything we do.

  • Integrity
  • Innovation
  • Diversity
  • Community
  • Perseverance

Learn more about Transylvania online at transy.edu.