Lander University

Lander University
Lander University seal.svg
TypePublic university
PresidentDr. Richard Cosentino
Academic staff
United States

34°12′1″N 82°9′56″W / 34.20028°N 82.16556°W / 34.20028; -82.16556Coordinates:34°12′1″N 82°9′56″W / 34.20028°N 82.16556°W / 34.20028; -82.16556
ColorsBlue and gold
Lander University logo.svg

Lander University is a public university in Greenwood, South Carolina. According to the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education, it was the fastest growing public University in South Carolina in 2019.[2]

Campus and housing

Lander University is located approximately one half-mile from uptown Greenwood, South Carolina. The main campus sits on 190 acres of land, though this does not include its many off-campus locations.

Lander University has ten residence halls. Residence halls include Bearcat Village, Brookside, Centennial Hall, Chipley Hall, Lide Apartments, McGhee Court, New Hall, Thomason, University Place, and Williamston.

In July 2021, Lander announced that the state legislature has appropriated new funding for the University, which includes money that will be used to construct a nursing building on Lander's campus in Greenwood.[3]


In the 2018 edition of U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges rankings, Lander ranked 29 in Regional Colleges of the South and 6 in Best Colleges for Veterans.[4]


Lander has 178 full-time faculty members.


More than 90 areas of undergraduate and graduate studies are offered.

  • College of Arts and Humanities
    • Department of Art + Design
    • Department of English and Foreign Languages
    • Department of Media and Communication
    • Department of Music
  • College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
    • Department of Government, Criminology, and Sociology
    • Department of History and philosophy
    • Department of Psychological Sciences and Human Services
  • College of Business
  • College of Education
    • Department of Teacher Education
    • Department of Physical Education and Exercise Studies
  • College of Science and Mathematics
    • Department of Biology
    • Department of Physical Sciences
    • Department of Mathematics and Computing
  • College of Graduate & Online Studies
    • Department of Graduate Studies
    • Department of Online Studies
  • William Preston Turner School of Nursing
  • Honors College


Varsity athletic teams have reaped honors at district and national levels, including 12 national championships in men's tennis, and, most recently, in men's wrestling. 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, soccer, water skiing, running, Cross-Fit, baseball, women's volleyball and it has an intramural program open to all students, faculty, and staff.

Intercollegiate Varsity Sports
Men's SportsWomen's SportsCo-Ed
BaseballBasketballBass Fishing
BasketballCross CountryE-Sports
Cross CountryGolf
Track & FieldVolleyball
WrestlingField Hockey
Club RugbyRugby
Track & FieldTrack & Field
Acrobatics & Tumbling
Cheer & Dance

Greek life

Sorority and Fraternity organizations are under three different councils being the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), National Panhellenic Council (NPC),[5] and Interfraternity Council (IFC)





Founder Rev. Samuel Lander

Lander University was founded as a college for women by Methodist clergyman Samuel Lander in 1872 as Williamston Female College in Williamston, South Carolina. It was re-named Lander College in 1904. Men were admitted in starting in 1943 and it became a university in 1992.[6]

Lander University has had twelve presidents serve since its founding. They 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).[6]

See also


  1. ^ "Lander University".
  2. ^
  3. ^ "Lander University receives funding to construct new nursing building on campus | Lander University". Retrieved 2021-07-26.
  4. ^ "Best Colleges Rankings". Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Lander University - Greek Life". Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Lander University - About - History of Lander". Retrieved 13 August 2018.

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