Lander University
Former name
Williamston Female College (1872–1898)
Lander College (1898–1992)[1]
TypePublic university
PresidentRichard Cosentino
Academic staff
Location, ,
United States

34°12′1″N 82°9′56″W / 34.20028°N 82.16556°W / 34.20028; -82.16556
ColorsBlue and gold

Lander University is a public university in Greenwood, South Carolina.


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 starting in 1943 and it became a university in 1992.[3]

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).[3]


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. The Lander College Old Main Building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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.[4]


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


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.[5]


Main article: Lander Bearcats

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, and women's volleyball and it has an intramural program open to all students, faculty, and staff.

Intercollegiate Varsity Sports
Men's Sports Women's Sports Co-Ed
Baseball Basketball Bass Fishing
Basketball Cross Country E-Sports
Cross Country Golf
Golf Lacrosse
Lacrosse Soccer
Soccer Softball
Tennis Tennis
Track & Field Volleyball
Wrestling Field Hockey
Club Rugby Rugby
Track & Field
Acrobatics & Tumbling
Cheer & Dance

Student life

Greek life

Sorority and fraternity organizations are under three different councils being the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), National Panhellenic Council (NPC),[6] and Interfraternity Council (IFC)




Notable people


Faculty and staff

Lander has 178 full-time faculty members.

See also


  1. ^ "The Lander University Story". Lander University. Retrieved 25 November 2022.
  2. ^ "Lander University".
  3. ^ a b "Lander University - About - History of Lander". Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  4. ^ "Lander University receives funding to construct a new nursing building on campus | Lander University". Retrieved 2021-07-26.
  5. ^ "Best Colleges Rankings". Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  6. ^ "Lander University - Greek Life". Retrieved 13 August 2018.