#10 Best Public Universities in South Carolina

Lander University

Greenwood, South Carolina

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Lander University overview
Location Greenwood, South Carolina
Online lander.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Distant Town
Lander University overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Lander University, established in 1872 and nestled in the small city of Greenwood, South Carolina, offers a picturesque campus environment that lies approximately an hour away from the urban offerings of Greenville. The university boasts a mix of contemporary and historic architecture across its campus which provides on-campus living accommodations to promote a residential learning experience. Lander is a public institution recognized for its strong academic programs in nursing, business administration, and education, attracting students who seek a more personalized learning climate with a broadly inclusive admissions policy. While the university does not emphasize a high selectivity in admissions, it does maintain a focus on academic achievement and engagement. Lander University fields a variety of NCAA Division II athletic teams known as the Bearcats, with notable emphasis on basketball and soccer where the school has achieved regional recognition.

In the most recent statistical year 4,663 prospective students applied, and 3,143 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 842 enrolled in the school.  3,317 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 850 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $10,700 plus fees of $1,000. Lander University is ranked 973 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Lander University is rated within the lower 28% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 3 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Lander University overview
SAT 950/1190
ACT 17/24
GPA 3.66

Applications Accepted

Lander University overview
Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Low
Application Fee $0

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Annual Cost to Attend

South Carolina Resident Tuition

In State Costs for Lander University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,200
Other Fees$1,000
Room and Board $10,700
Budget for Other Expenses$2,970
Total One Year Cost$26,570

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for Lander University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,200
Other Fees$1,000
Room and Board $10,700
Budget for Other Expenses$2,970
Total One Year Cost$36,170

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$37,000 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

37% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Lander University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 23%
Education 16%
Health Professions 11%
Social Sciences 10%
Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 8%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=218229 IPEDS survey data for Lander University.

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