Transylvania University is a private university in Lexington, Kentucky. 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. Transylvania means "across the woods" in Latin, and probably 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 has been cited for outstanding value and academic quality by such publications as U.S. News and World Report and Forbes. In the 19th Century it educated hundreds of aspiring politicians who reached Congress and other high offices. Its medical program graduated 8000 physicians by 1859.