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Old Main Building
|Type||Public 4-year university|
|President||Dr. Richard Cosentino|
|Address||320 Stanley Ave., Greenwood, South Carolina, United States|
|Colors||Blue and Gold|
Lander University was founded by Methodist clergyman Samuel Lander in 1872 as Williamston Female College in Williamston, South Carolina. It remained a private institution for 26 years. In 1898 the College gained the support of the South Carolina Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. The college moved to Greenwood in 1904 and was renamed Lander College in honor of its founder who died in the same year. It remained a women's college until 1943 when men were first admitted.
In 1948, when the Methodist Conference, pursuant to a policy of consolidation of its education efforts decided to end support of Lander College, interested citizens of Greenwood formed the Lander Foundation as a non-profit corporation and leased the College from the Church.
In 1951, the Greenwood County obtained the College name and property from the Methodist Conference. The South Carolina General Assembly created the Greenwood County Education Commission, known as the Lander Foundation, to serve as the board of control of the College. Lander thus became the only four-year liberal arts college in the United States to be controlled and financed by a county government.
In 1973, Lander College became a state-supported college and in 1992 its name was changed to Lander University. The institution is now completely co-educational.
Lander University has had twelve presidents serve since it has been founded. The presidents in order are: Samuel Lander (1872-1904); John O. Willson (1904-1923); B. Rhett Turnipseed (1923-1927); R. H. Bennett (1927-1932); John W. Speake (1932-1941); John Marvin Rast (1941-1948); Boyce M. Grier (1948-1966); E. Don Herd, Jr. (1966-1973); Larry A. Jackson (1973-1992); William C. Moran (1992-2000); Daniel W. Ball (2000-2015); and Richard E. Cosentino (2015-present).
Lander is situated on a wooded site near the middle of the City of Greenwood, of approximately 123 acres (50 ha). The Lander College Old Main Building consists of three distinct sections displaying an eclectic blending of elements of the Romanesque Revival and Georgian Revival styles. Two of the sections—Greenwood Hall and Laura Lander Hall—were built in 1903-04; Willson Hall was added in 1911. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. 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 created a new 10-year Campus Master Plan in 2003. The first phase of the plan, the creation of a campus entrance, is complete, and a new residence hall (Centennial Hall) for 300 students opened in 2006. An expanded dining hall opened in January 2
Lander's food mainly comes from Aramark who runs the cafeteria at Lander. As of the 2017 fall semester, Lander has added three additional food services including Starbucks, Twisted Taco and Which Witch all which have their own unique styles of food. Other than these on-campus shops, Lander might have some food service companies cater on occasion depending on the event they decide to do. [www.aramark.com]
Lander University has eleven housing areas. They are sectioned off between freshman housing and upperclassman housing. All first time students are required to stay on campus in one of the four designated dorms. Freshman have a choice between New Residence Hall, Centennial Hall, Chipley Hall (females only), and Williamston. These are all first come first serve. These dorms are for one year only with the exception of Williamston and Centennial Hall. These residence halls vary in styles from suites to apartment style living. The costs for each housing varies. Upperclassman housing areas give students the independent-living feel. There are seven housing areas which includes Bearcat Village and the newest addition McGhee Court. These two are both located off campus. On campus housing includes Lide, Centennial Hall, Thomason, University Place, and Williamston. The costs for each one of these varies as well. All housing areas have resident assistants who are there to help assist and guide students to make things easier. They are also around to help with any information you need. 
About 3,000 students are enrolled with gender distribution of 31% male and 69% of female. Lander University has 43.1% of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Lander are business administration and management, nursing, exercise science, sociology, and early childhood education and teaching. But even though those are popular majors, Lander is known for being a liberal arts school.
made the 2018 Edition of Best Colleges
Lander has a student/faculty ratio of 19:1 with 123 full-time faculty members, the majority of whom hold terminal degrees in their areas. The average class size is 23.
More than 60 areas of undergraduate study are offered, as well as a diverse selection of [[Master's degree |master's programs]]. Three programs are offered completely online: the R.N. to B.S.N. completion option, the criminal justice management bachelor’s degree, and the health care management certificate.
The academic structure consists of five colleges, each home to teaching and learning in a wide-ranging variety of subject areas such as:
The Lander University shuttle is for all students and faculty of Lander with a valid ID. However, the shuttle is primarily for students who do not have vehicles with transportation from Bearcat Village or McGhee court to the main campus. Amplified radios, loud music, smoking, alcohol, or any food of beverages are not permitted on the shuttle. The shuttle follows the same route every day and has listed and scheduled times for pickup and drop off. Pets are also not permitted; however, service dogs are allowed. The shuttle service stops every thirty minutes and is not responsible for articles left on the shuttle. The Lander Line shuttle is another service Lander University offers and applies the same rules as the regular shuttle. However, the Lander Line shuttle takes you to up-town Greenwood and many more locations. This shuttle seats up to 35 passengers and can take you to any store you need in the nearby area of Greenwood. The Lander Line Shuttle runs on similar times to the regular shuttle and currently stops services at 9:30 every night.
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 cross country, softball and volleyball. Lander also offers club sports that include equestrian, ultimate disc, rugby, bass-fishing, lacrosse and soccer teams, and it has an intramural program open to all students, faculty and staff. In particular the men's soccer team is very successful. The men's soccer team holds the record for least goals conceded in the 2016 season in the NCAA. The men's soccer team also has 2 national titles, one was won in 1997 and the other in 2016.
|Men's Sports||Women's Sports|
|*These sports will begin competing in the 2019-2020 Academic Year.|
Sorority and fraternity organizations are under two different councils being the National Pan-Hellenic council (NPHC) and the Lander Panhellenic Council (NPC) 
Lander is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelor's and master's level degrees.