Feb 17, 2020  
2018-2019 University Catalog 
2018-2019 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Admission to the University


Transylvania seeks students who have demonstrated the ability and motivation required to gain full benefit from a demanding program of liberal education and who will contribute to the total life of the university through excellence of character and high personal goals.

The Office of Admissions gives careful consideration to several factors in reviewing applications for incoming students. In addition to the requirements noted below, students applying for admission to Transylvania should have a sound program of college preparatory courses. It is recommended that the program include a minimum of four units of English, four units of mathematics, four units of science, two units of social science and two units in a foreign language. While these courses are not requirements for admission, they constitute the kind of educational foundation that is important for success at Transylvania. In unusual circumstances, the admissions committee may choose to exercise flexibility.

Transylvania University is committed to ensuring that the institution is free of harassment and discrimination on the basis of race, color, citizenship status, sex, age, disability, pregnancy, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, religion or religious belief or veteran's status, or any other category protected by applicable state or federal law or local ordinance. This policy applies to, but is not limited to, recruitment and admission of students, recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, the operation of any of its programs, promotion, demotion, transfer, position advertising, reduction in force, termination, rates of pay and selection for training. Consistent with this policy, the University does not tolerate discrimination or harassment of employees, students or other individuals associated with the University. In addition, the University prohibits unprofessional and discourteous actions that may affect a professional and congenial work environment. For this reason, derogatory racial, ethnic, religious, ageist, sexual or other inappropriate remarks, slurs, or jokes will not be tolerated. This policy applies to all faculty, staff, administration, supervisors, employees, students, applicants, volunteers, and visitors to campus, including guests, patrons, independent contractors, vendors or clients of Transylvania University.

The Application

To be considered for admission, the high school applicant must submit the following:

  1. The completed admissions application
  2. The current, official high school transcript
  3. An official ACT or SAT score, unless the applicant is Test Optional
  4. One recommendation from a school administrator
  5. A personal interview with an admissions counselor on Transylvania's campus is recommended, but not required.
  6. Once a student has been admitted, a $250 enrollment deposit is required to reserve a place in the entering class.

Special Application Procedures

Although the majority of our students enter the university directly upon graduation from high school, some enter under other circumstances. In those cases, the following procedures apply:

Early admission and enrollment at Transylvania are possible for outstanding high school students at the end of the junior year. A junior interested in early admission should contact the admissions office as early as possible. The procedure for applying is the same as for regular admission. An interview with an admissions counselor or the director of admissions may be required.

The Test Optional policy allows a student to choose whether to submit a standardized test score as a part of the application process. Applicants may be asked to submit additional documentation (such as admission essays) and/or interview with an admissions staff member. Test Optional applicants will be evaluated for admission based on other available documentation, including the high school transcript, recommendations and essays. Students must provide standardized scores prior to enrolling for placement purposes.

Transfer students are welcome at Transylvania if they meet entrance requirements. Procedures for transfer students are similar to those for first-year students. Applicants must provide Transylvania with complete, official transcripts from all other colleges or universities attended. In addition, a final high school transcript or a copy of the GED certificate must be submitted. Two recommendations are required, following the instructions on the application form. Upon admission, the university will make every attempt to adapt credits earned at other institutions to Transylvania's curriculum.

Deferred admission is available to students who are graduating from high school but wish to defer the continuation of their education for up to one year, as long as the student does not attend another institution during that time. Although the offer of admission may be deferred, students must reapply for scholarships and any other financial aid; previous scholarship and aid awards are not guaranteed.

Home-schooled applicants follow the same application procedures as their public and private school counterparts. The admissions office may request additional information detailing the applicant's course of study.

International students from English-speaking countries and/or students for whom English is their first language should follow guidelines for domestic students regarding test-optional choices. This includes exemption from standardized testing if preferred, but if international students wish to compete for Premier Scholarships, they would need to follow those guidelines and submit ACT or SAT scores.

Students for whom English is not their first language, or who are not from English-speaking countries, must submit one of the following as proof of English proficiency:

  • SAT R (with CR minimum score in the range of 550)
  • ACT (with English minimum score in the range of 25 and Reading minimum score in the range of 25
  • TOEFL minimum score in the range of 80
  • IELTS minimum score in the range of 6
  • PTE Academic minimum score in the range of 52
  • Cambridge/UK O, AS or A levels (passing)
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma in English (24 or higher)

Readmission is generally required for students who have withdrawn from Transylvania, either voluntarily or through suspension. The procedure is handled through the Office of the Registrar.

Visiting the Campus

A campus visit is strongly encouraged as a means of becoming acquainted with Transylvania. Students may schedule individual visits, a Saturday visit or attend an open house.

Students planning to visit the campus should contact the admissions office at least two weeks in advance. Arrangements can be made to tour the campus, attend classes, speak with an admissions counselor, eat in the dining hall and meet with faculty and students. High school seniors are encouraged to stay overnight in a residence hall.

The admissions office is located in the Glenn Building. Telephone numbers are (800) 872-6798 (TRANSY U) and (859) 233-8242; office hours are 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday-Friday and by appointment on Saturday. Students and families may register online at www.transy.edu/visit.

For a campus map, go to www.transy.edu/about/campus-map.

Special Admissions Opportunities

Transylvania participates in several programs designed to enable entering students to receive credit for academic work already completed. These include the following:

  1. Academic credit for some college course work completed as a high school student. Courses must meet transfer requirements.
  2. Advanced Placement (AP) program
  3. International Baccalaureate (IB) academic program

For More Information

Applications and further information about admission are available from the

Office of Admissions
Transylvania University
300 North Broadway
Lexington, KY 40508-1797
(800) 872-6798 or (859) 233-8242