At Lander University, we make applying to college simple. Below is more information about Lander admissions and the services we offer to help you complete your application, understand the process, and make a successful transition to the University.

All students are encouraged to apply for admission to Lander.  Because student success depends in large part upon readiness, the university reserves admissions to those students who can demonstrate adequate preparation for higher education either through appropriate GPA or through previous success at another postsecondary institution.


How to apply as a FreshmanStudent on Laptop

  • Create an account and complete the online application
  • Submit your official high school transcript
  • Submit your official SAT or ACT scores (test optional)
    (SAT code: 5363 / ACT code: 3860)
  • Recommendations are accepted, but not required
  • Lander  accepts Advanced Placement (AP) (PDF), International Baccalaureate (IB) (PDF) and Dual Enrollment credit. Please note that an official score report for AP or IB credit or a transcript from the college awarding dual enrollment credit must be submitted for credit.
  • Official GED scores from testing center and GED Certificate (if applicable)


Freshman applicants will be evaluated on

  • High school course prerequisites (PDF)
  • High school grade point average
  • SAT and/or ACT test scores (test optional; required for Lander academic scholarships)
  • GED scores (if applicable)

Freshman applicants will be evaluated on an individual basis on the above criteria. This criterion is used to determine the applicant’s probability of success during their freshmen year. 


Application Deadlines

Domestic Students

  • Fall Semester – August 1
  • Spring Semester – December 15
  • Summer Semester – May 1



After Application is Complete

When will I receive a decision?

Applications are reviewed and decisions are made on a rolling basis. Students typically receive information about their admission status approximately two to three weeks after all materials are received in the Office of Admissions (application, fee, transcripts, and optional test score).

How do I reserve my space at Lander?

Lander will email an online commit form to students after they have been accepted. Students must complete the form or email by May 1. All accepted students who are confirmed and registered for housing by May 1 are guaranteed housing.

How do I appeal my admissions decision?

All new students can appeal their admissions decisions to the Vice President for Enrollment Management, Dr. Todd Gambill.  Students can contact him at or (864) 388-8183.

Whom should I contact if I have a question?

A Lander Admission Counselor is available to assist with questions related to applying and enrolling. To locate your counselor, call 1-888-4LANDER or e-mail


More information

If you have any questions, please contact us at 888-4LANDER or e-mail