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Transylvania University

Transylvania University is a private university in Lexington, Kentucky, United States. It was founded in 1780, making it the first university in Kentucky and among the oldest in the United States. It offers 36 major programs, as well as dual-degree engineering programs, and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Transylvania's name, meaning "across the woods" in Latin, stems from the university's founding in the heavily forested region of western Virginia known as the Transylvania colony, which became most of Kentucky in 1792.

Transylvania is an aspiring research institution. It has been cited for outstanding value and academic quality by such publications as U.S. News & World Report and Forbes.

Among its impacts, Transylvania is the alma mater of two U.S. vice presidents, two U.S. Supreme Court justices, fifty U.S. senators, 101 U.S. representatives, 36 U.S. governors, and 34 U.S. ambassadors, making it a large producer of U.S. statesmen. It also educated Confederate President Jefferson Davis, prior to his transfer to the United States Military Academy at West Point. Its medical program graduated 8000 physicians by 1859. Its enduring footprint, both in northern U.S. and southern academe, make it among the most prolific cultural establishments and the most storied institution in the South.

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