Lander University

Lander University

Lander University is a public university situated in Greenwood, South Carolina, United States. It was founded in the year 1872 as Williamston Female College by Methodist clergyman, Samuel Lander. Lander University is the state's smallest, publicly-funded, baccalaureate institution. The campus spreads across an area of over 120 acres. The university offers a wide variety of degrees and programs in diverse areas of study. Lander is organized into the following academic colleges:

  • College of Arts & Humanities
  • College of Business & Public Affairs
  • College of Education
  • College of Science & Mathematics

Lander University's athletic teams are members of the NCAA Division II. They participate in the Peach Belt Conference. The university's official mascot is the bearcat.

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Contacting Lander

Lander University
320 Stanley Avenue
Greenwood , SC 29649-2099
General Phone: (864) 388-8000

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Lander Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management102business management
Liberal Arts95Spanish language, English, humanities, political science, sociology, history
Education and Teaching66special ed, elementary school teaching, secondary teaching, Montessori teaching, early childhood education, physical education teaching
Therapy and Counseling40psychology
Nursing and Emergency Medicine36registered nursing
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy32exercise science, athletic trainer
Science20biology, chemistry
Computer Science and Engineering10computer and info science
Art Studies9art studies
Conservation and Resource Management1environmental science
Security and Law Enforcement0criminal justice and administration

Number of programs and degrees for Lander in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree40423
Master's degree143
Award of less than 1 academic year11

Lander Student Body

In 2007-2008, Lander had a total enrollment of 2,408 students (2,281 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 32%
Women 68%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 96%
Graduate 4%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 65%
Black 24%
Hispanic 1%
Asian 1%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 6%
(Foreign Students) 2%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 35%
20-21 32%
22-24 17%
25-29 6%
30-34 3%
35-39 2%
40-49 3%
50-64 1%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

South Carolina92%
(International Students)1%

Lander Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 59 %

Lander Room and Board (2007)

Lander offers campus housing for 1,056 of its 2,281 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Greenwood, South Carolina for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other South Carolina Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 21 meals per week.

Lander Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal430540
SAT Math450560
SAT Writing420520
ACT Verbal1622
ACT Math1722
ACT Composite1823

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT66%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT34%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Lander Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 9,900
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 17,340
Room and board $ 6,200
Room charge $ 6,214
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,382
Books and supplies $ 1,000
Other expenses $ 4,100

Financial Aid:
Lander participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 343500)

Lander Faculty

Lander has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track3127
Non-tenured and not on tenure track1218

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year3$103,1770*
Associate professorcalendar year2*1*
Assistant professorcalendar year10$39,5004$33,500
Instructorcalendar year1*3$45,337
No academic rankcalendar year1*1*
All faculty totalcalendar year17$52,0619$39,224

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year15$54,0567$53,179
Associate professoracademic year12$51,50413$56,940
Assistant professoracademic year17$49,33418$51,806
Instructoracademic year6$40,68412$35,602
No academic rankacademic year1*3$35,468
All faculty totalacademic year51$49,76153$48,653

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Lander Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Peach Belt Conference
Baseball Peach Belt Conference
Track Peach Belt Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports373875

Lander Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science

Education And Teaching
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Elementary Education and Teaching
Montessori Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Secondary Education and Teaching
Special Education and Teaching, General

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
History, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Kinesiology and Exercise Science

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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What Sets Lander Apart:

% of full-time faculty on tenure track
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Top 7%Lander % of full-time faculty on tenure track
% students on athletic fin. aid
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Top 14%Lander Dorm rooms per full-time student
% of degrees in art studies
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Top 16%Lander % of degrees in art studies
Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
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Top 16%Lander Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
% of degrees in nutrition and exercise therapy
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Top 17%Lander % of degrees in nutrition and exercise therapy
% of degrees in liberal arts
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 19%Lander % of degrees in liberal arts

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