Jun 19, 2024  
2023-24 University Catalog 
2023-24 University Catalog

Student Life

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.  To that end, the Student Life Division emphasizes the following:

Through engagement with Student Life, students will be able to generate a sense of belonging for themselves and others within a community of diverse voices and perspectives.

The learning goals for the Student Life Division include:

  • Each student will develop a sense of belonging at the University.
  • Students will be able to differentiate and consider diverse voices and perspectives.
  • Students will understand the importance of community and social responsibility. 
  • Students will be able to define and establish self-advocacy skills.

The Student Life staff coordinates co-curricular experiences in the following areas: housing and residence life, campus and community engagement, student success, 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 in the hopes 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 have 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 and 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 11 academically selective schools in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio. In addition, the university holds associate memberships in the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) and the Heartland Collegiate Lacrosse Conference for its women’s and men’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 26 varsity athletic teams: baseball, 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, and competitive cheerleading and dance. More than 450 student-athletes compete on Transylvania’s varsity teams.

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 Pat Deacon Stadium and the Clive M. Beck 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 Wild Health Stadium (minor league ballpark) in Lexington, home of the Atlantic League’s Counter Clocks baseball team, and continue to make this their home venue, where the Pioneers won their first regular-season and tournament titles in 13 years in 2021.

Other varsity venues include the newly renovated 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 summer 2019, making the Top Seed Tennis Club in nearby Nicholasville the official home for Transylvania tennis. The men and women’s golf teams practice and compete at Keene Run Golf Club. They co-hosted the 2019 and 2023 NCAA Division III Men’s Golf Championships along with the PGA tour event of the Barbasol Championship.