Lander University is a four-year state-supported institution in Greenwood, South Carolina. The Regional University was founded in 1872 as the Williamston College for Women, a private institution in Williamston, South Carolina. After the college moved to Greenwood, its name was changed in 1904 to the name of its founder, Samuel Lander. Men were first admitted to college in 1943. Today the campus occupies 123 acres and has a mix of old and new buildings. Many university facilities have been upgraded or expanded in recent years.
The number of students enrolled at the university is 3000 undergraduate, and the average number of students in the classroom is 22. The small class size and the low student / teacher ratio give the institution a small private college feel. Lander University has bachelor's degree programs in 60 academic areas. Major focus areas and study include biology, chemistry, business administration, computer information systems, early childhood education, primary education, special education, English, music, nursing, political science, and visual arts. There is a dual engineering degree program with Clemson University. Lander University offers a number of pre-professional programs, including pre-law, pre-medical, dentistry, pharmacy, pre-veterinary medicine, pre-physical therapy, and pre-occupational therapy. The degree of criminal justice administration is available as an online program. Three Master's degree programs are offered at Lander University. The master's programs available are the Master of Arts in Teaching in Art Education, the Master of Education in Teaching and Learning, and the Master of Education in Montessori Education. Lander University is the only institution in South Carolina that offers undergraduate and graduate programs leading to a national degree in Montessori education.
Lander University students may participate in more than 60 clubs and organizations on campus. Options include academic organizations, honorary associations, fraternity, women's associations, professional organizations, theaters, music groups, student government, religious organizations, social groups and internal sports teams. Lander University participates in NCAA Athletics Division II. Lander Bearcat teams at Peach Belt Conference compete with teams in golf, tennis, baseball, softball, basketball, football and volleyball. Men's tennis teams at Lander have won 12 national championships in their sports league.
Lander University has an equestrian center that runs the Bearcat Therapeutic Riding Center. The university has an equestrian team participating in both the club and the show level. All students are welcome to join the equestrian team, regardless of their riding experience.
The Monsanto Gallery at Lander University is characterized by the work of artists from all over the Southeast. Special exhibitions are scheduled for the academic year. The exhibition is open to the public from Monday to Thursday from 8 pm to Friday from 10 am to 5 pm.