Transy from a Historical Perspective

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As a prospective student, I’m sure you’re wondering “Why Transy?” “What makes Transy better or different from other schools?”

When one considers the historical context of Transy, he or she might find a few answers to these types of questions. There are a few special things that make Transylvania University stand out among your other college choices, so here are a few highlights:

1) Transy was founded in 1780 and is the 16th oldest college in the United States, the oldest west of the Allegheny Mountains. That’s pretty cool considering that things like Denmark and Sweden declaring neutrality and the Continental Congress establishing the court of appeals happened in the same year.

2) There have been some really stand-up guys that have attended Transy. Cassius Clay was a famous abolitionist that attended Transylvania. Jefferson Davis (which would be the same Jefferson Davis that was president of the confederacy) went to school at Transy. Statesman Henry Clay (the one with the big house in Lexington) also attended here.

3) Transy has fostered some pretty sweet opportunities for professional positions. For example, 50 U.S. senators, 101 representatives, 36  governors, and 34 ambassadors got their starts here.

4) The liberal arts curriculum allows you to pick and choose classes that are interesting to you, but still are useful to your potential career the same today as it was in 1780. Transy held many different schools within its own interdisciplinary studies: medical school, law school, seminary, and a college of arts and sciences.

All of these things are elements of history that cannot be duplicated by other schools, making Transy one of the most extraordinary colleges in the nation. They stand as precedents for future Transylvania University students to embrace and embody while making their own history here at the university and in society.