Transylvania University, with a student population of about 1100, offers 25 different majors, small class sizes, distinguished faculty, and a strong grounding in liberal arts education. Founded in 1780, it is the United States' 16th college, and the first one west of the Alleghenies. Average class size is 18 (and many have less than 10) students. Tuition and fees: $19,650; room and board: $6,590 . Affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), they have a tradition of tolerance and open inquiry. Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097; Telephone 404-679-4501) to award the bachelor of arts degree. Education program accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education at the initial teacher preparation level. Transy has been ranked among the top liberal arts colleges in the South by many national publications.