Transylvania University will welcome students from across Kentucky, the nation and the world when more than 300 new Pioneers move in Friday.
Kentucky students make up a majority of the incoming class, with nearly 80 percent coming from the Commonwealth. Students from Ohio, Florida, Tennessee, Indiana, Illinois and Michigan make up another 13 percent of the first-year class, with 10 other states also represented. They are joined by international students from Albania, Australia and Estonia.
Almost 18 percent of first-year students are first-generation college students. Twenty percent of the incoming Class of 2022 are students of color, making this class the most diverse ever to enroll at Transylvania. This is the result of a sustained effort by the university to diversify its student body and foster an inclusive campus environment.
“We’re excited to welcome our new class and guide them through the transformative education for which Transylvania is well known. They will be introduced to new ideas and perspectives that will give them the freedom to choose their most desired paths which, after all, lies at the heart of our liberal arts mission,” President Seamus Carey said. “The college years are an opportunity for dialogue and interpersonal interactions that help our students lead more fulfilling lives and develop the skills necessary to succeed in the modern workplace.”
The Class of 2022 has already demonstrated its success in academics. At Transylvania, they’ll have the choice of 46 majors and pre-professional preparation in advanced health, engineering and law degrees. Transylvania is a test-optional institution, and 14 percent of incoming students were admitted based on classroom work, community service and essays.
Not only high-achieving in academics, the Class of 2022 also includes 144 student-athletes who will join one of Transylvania’s 27 intercollegiate athletic teams. The Pioneers fall athletics season kicks off this week with men’s soccer and women’s volleyball matches.
A Transy tradition, on Friday, faculty, staff, athletic teams, alumni and student leaders will help move in the first-year class. New students will then spend their first week on campus participating in an Orientation and First Engagements program, which includes an induction ceremony, information sessions, entertainment and parent and family activities.
Returning students will arrive on campus on Sept. 2 and 3, and fall term classes begin Sept. 4.