Transylvania recognizes the importance of each student's experience outside the classroom and endeavors to make it complementary to academic life. The administrative area known as Student Life has the primary objective of establishing a learning environment that challenges and encourages students to be informed, involved and responsible. The values for the Student Life Department include:
- Leadership: We actively listen and continually strive to provide vital solutions, counsel and advocacy for students.
- Richness of Diversity: We seek and incorporate different perspectives and experiences to drive innovation and impact.
- Student-Centered: We use this as our driving force in all decisions.
- Communication: We commit to an environment of openness to build trust and make timely decisions.
- Collaboration: We work together, based on mutual respect, to lead and serve our stakeholders.
- Accountability: We take ownership of our actions and results to add value every day.
- Integrity: We adhere to the highest moral and ethical behavior.
The Student Life staff coordinates co-curricular experiences in the following areas: residence life,, campus and community engagement, student transitions, student wellbeing (campus health, counseling and health education) and the Campus Center. Staff members also work directly with the peer judicial process, student government and public safety. While students get involved in programs and services according to their own needs and goals, Transylvania encourages each student to explore new and unfamiliar ground. It is hoped that students will test themselves, explore different points of view, develop their decision-making skills and accept individual responsibility as part of their total educational development.
Transylvania establishes and maintains behavioral standards and community regulations for which there is a demonstrated need. The objectives of our standards include the development of maturity in moral and social behavior as well as the cultivation of intellectual excellence. The mutual expectations that students and the university hold of one another are contained in the Transylvania University Student Handbook (www.transy.edu/student-handbook).
Additional information about Student Core Values and Expectations, Housing Requirements, Residence Life, Parking, Student Organizations, Religious Life, and Campus & Community Engagement Opportunities is also located in the Student Handbook.
Transylvania is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III and competes in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC), a league composed of 10 academically selective schools in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio. In addition, the university holds associate memberships in the Southern Athletic Association for field hockey, the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin for its men's lacrosse team and the Heartland Collegiate Lacrosse Conference for its women's lacrosse teams. It also holds full memberships in the National Cheerleading Association, the National Dance Association and in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association for its men's and women's eventing teams.
Transylvania sponsors 27 varsity athletic teams: men's and women's basketball, men's and women's indoor and outdoor track and field, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's golf, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's swimming and diving, men's and women's lacrosse, eventing, men's and women's tennis, women's field hockey, softball, women's volleyball, competitive cheerleading and dance, baseball and women's triathlon. More than 400 student-athletes competed on Transylvania's varsity teams in 2020-21.
Transylvania's athletic teams have consistently captured conference regular-season and tournament titles, and individuals have earned recognition as players of the year or coaches of the year, both in the HCAC and the region.
The centerpieces of Transylvania's athletics facilities are the Pat Deacon Stadium at Transylvania Athletic Complex and the Clive M. Beck Athletic and Recreation Center. Constructed in late 2013, Pat Deacon Stadium features an 860-seat grandstand, a full eight-lane track and an artificial turf used for men's and women's lacrosse, field hockey, and men's and women's soccer. The state-of-the-art Beck Center includes a performance gymnasium seating 1,200, recreational gym, fully equipped fitness center, walking/running track and multipurpose dance/aerobics studio.
After playing at William A. Marquard Field for nearly two decades, the Transylvania baseball team held its 2020 home schedule at Legends Ballpark in Lexington, home of the Atlantic League's Lexington Legends baseball team, and continue to make their home venue at Legends Ballpark, where the Pioneers won their first regular-season and tournament titles in 13 years in 2021.
Other varsity venues include John and Donna Hall Field for softball and a competition-size swimming and diving pool in the William T. Young Campus Center. Transylvania athletics expanded its facilities in the summer of 2019, making the Top Seed Tennis Club in nearby Nicholasville the official home for Transylvania tennis.