About Lander University

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The University

Lander University has been providing educational and cultural opportunities since its founding in 1872 as Williamston Female College in Williamston, S.C. The college moved to Greenwood, S.C., in 1904 and was renamed Lander in honor of its founder, Samuel Lander. It became part of the state system of higher education in 1973. Lander is now a coeducational, state-assisted, comprehensive, regional, four-year university with traditional liberal arts and science programs, and professional programs in business, education and nursing.


The city of Greenwood has a population of 23,000 with a county population exceeding 66,000. Greenwood is located in the Piedmont of western South Carolina, just 2-4 hours from the beautiful South Carolina beaches or the Blue Ridge Mountains.


Lander is situated on a wooded site of approximately 123 acres. In addition to six major buildings erected since 1973, campus improvements have included extensive renovations to a number of older facilities, new housing complexes, athletics fields and parking lots. Lander looks to the future with a new 10-year Campus Master Plan, beginning in 2011.


Enrollment is approximately 3,000 with a student body representing 29 states and 17 foreign countries. Minorities make up 33 percent of the student body; 70 percent of the student body is female and 30 percent is male. Campus residence halls accommodate approximately 1,100 students.


Lander has a student/faculty ratio of 17:1 with 138 full time faculty members, the majority of whom hold terminal degrees in their areas. Average class size is 22.


More than 60 areas of undergraduate study are offered, as well as a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Montessori Education; a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Teaching and Learning; a Master of Science in Emergency Management; and a Master of Science in Nursing, Clinical Nurse Leader. Students benefit from the flexibility of online courses and distance learning. Five programs are offered completely online: the R.N. to B.S.N. completion option; the criminal justice management bachelor’s degree; the health care management certificate; the Master of Science in Emergency Management; and the Master of Science in Nursing, Clinical Nurse Leader.

Academic Highlights

The College of Science and Mathematics enrolls the largest number of undergraduate majors, followed by the College of Education. Lander has an exceptionally strong science program, and more than 90 percent of those recommended to medical school in recent years have been accepted. Students in Lander’s engineering dual degree program have a 100 percent acceptance rate at Clemson University. A leader in Montessori education in South Carolina, Lander is the only public university in the state offering a program leading to Montessori certification and one of two publicly funded universities in the nation to do so.


Lander University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate and masters degrees.  Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Lander University.


Varsity athletic teams have reaped honors at district and national levels, including 12 national championships in men’s tennis. A member of the NCAA Division II, Lander plays in the Peach Belt Conference and fields teams in men’s and women’s basketball, soccer and tennis; men’s baseball and golf; and women’s softball, volleyball and golf. Lander also offers club sports that include equestrian, ultimate disc, rugby and volleyball teams, and it has an intramural program open to sports enthusiasts of all abilities.