Transylvania University, a private 4-year institution, is located in the heart of Lexington, KY on 48 acres of city space just blocks from downtown. Founded in 1780, the university is the first university in Kentucky and the first college to be founded west of the Allegheny Mountains. The campus is host to the historic Patterson Cabin, a national landmark that dates to 1779. The campus includes a blend of architectural styles, ranging from light stone gothic to contemporary structures. There are several small quads that offer a contrast to the metropolitan environment of Lexington (which is the unofficial “horse capital of the world”). Among the long list of notable alumni are 2 US Vice Presidents, 2 US Supreme Court Justices and actor Ned Beatty.