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Lander University

Greenwood, SC 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate42%
Acceptance Rate42%

About Lander University

Lander University Overview

Lander University is a public, state school in a small town setting in Greenwood, South Carolina. Lander University was founded in 1872 and the school enrolls around 3,049 students per year, which includes 2,969 undergrads. Lander University ensures on-campus housing for up to 1,578 students. Most students live in off campus housing.

There are many ways for students to get involved at Lander University!

Love music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of Lander University's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? Lander University students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Interested in joining a fraternity or sorority? Lander University has fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? Lander University has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Lander University on the Student Life page.

2022 Lander University Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 42%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.7
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 55%
In-State Tuition $10,700
Out-of-State $20,300
Percent of Need Met 68%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $4,616

Is Lander University a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Some factors that can help you determine what a good school for you might be include admissions criteria, acceptance rate, tuition costs, and more.

Let's take a closer look at these areas to get a clearer idea of what Lander University offers and if the college might be the right college for you.

Lander University Acceptance Rate 2022

It is moderately difficult to get into Lander University. Around 42% of applicants get into Lander University each year. Last year, 3,342 students applied to Lander University and 1,414 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Lander University

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

About 61% of students who start at Lander University return the next year. Lander University's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 40%. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes for Lander University Grads

Job placement rates after graduation and average starting salaries can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school.

Check with Lander University directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Lander University's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

For more information about Lander University's endowment, check with the school directly. For each full-time student, Lander University spends about $4,069 a year.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Lander University

Tuition cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

Lander University meets 68% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $4,616 a year.

Students in the class of 2022 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $16,450 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Lander University.

Based on this information, is Lander University the school for you? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for another! So ask yourself: Is Lander University a good school for you?

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Where is Lander University Located?

Lander University is located in the small town setting of Greenwood, South Carolina.

If you would like to see Lander University for yourself, be sure to plan a visit! The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 85 to Greenwood, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Greenville-Spartanburg International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Lander University and Greenwood are like without leaving home.

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College Info

320 Stanley Avenue Greenwood, SC 29649-2099

Campus Setting: Small Town

Lander University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

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Transfer Applications are Due

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The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Lander University is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Lander University is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Lander University ACT Scores


ACT Range

18 - 22

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

22 and Above


18 to 22


18 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Lander University is 21. Students with an ACT score of 22 and above have a good chance of getting into Lander University. Students with an ACT score that falls between 18 and 22 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 18 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Lander University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

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Math SAT Range

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Reading SAT Range

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Lander University Tuition & Fees

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Cost Breakdown
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Student Life

Wondering what life at Lander University is like? There are approximately 3,049 students enrolled at Lander University, including 2,969 undergraduate students and 80 graduate students. 91% percent of students attend school full-time, 95% percent are from SC and 5% percent of students are from other states.


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