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LANDER Your State University in Greenwood, SC


Table of contents Introduction 1 - Welcome to Lander University

Academic Life 2 - Introduction to Lander University 3 - Areas of Study

Colleges 4 - Arts and Humanities 8 - Business and Public Affairs 12 - Education 16 - Science and Mathematics 20 - Study Abroad Program 21 - Honors College

Athletics 22 - Varsity Sports 23 - Athletic and Fitness Facilities 24 - Campus Recreation and Intramurals

Student Life 25 - Getting Involved 26 - Fine Arts 27 - Clubs and Organizations

Campus Life 28 - Housing 30 - Dining 31 - The Greenwood Community

Admissions 32 - Admission Requirements

Financial Aid 33 - How to Apply for Financial Aid

Dr. Daniel Ball President, Lander University At Lander University we believe that the college experience should be an adventure. We see Lander as a place of energy and ideas, a place where, in the morning, you can talk to a professor about climate change and, in the afternoon, you can compare stories on cars, sports and politics with students from Brazil, China, Germany or Sweden.

Lander – Your Passport to a World of Possibilities. Imagine yourself at Lander – strolling down brick walk­ways worn smooth by time, passing by historic ivy-covered buildings, resting in the shadows of mighty oaks and surrounded by the friendly, warm voices of fellow students. You are at the very heart of Lander University and at the soul of what makes Lander perfect for you. While students are attracted to Lander for many reasons – its rich heritage, academic excellence, personal touch, athletic accomplishments – the underlying purpose of the university is to prepare you for a meaningful life and career. With about 3,000 students, Lander’s small class sizes and student-teacher ratio allow for one-on-one attention from experienced faculty who know

our students aren’t just a number. Rather, they see our students as the teachers, lawyers, doctors, entertainers, business executives and community leaders of tomorrow. Join our students as they explore Machu Picchu on an Honors College study tour or carry out research in Greenwood’s internationally renowned Genetic Center. Attend a concert by England’s Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra or take in a Lander Bearcats basketball game. A degree from Lander opens the door to a world of possibilities, and we have a space reserved for you! This is Lander. Now discover your Lander.

We offer you opportunities to grow. Perhaps you’ll do research on the water quality of one of our area lakes. Maybe you’ll earn a coveted internship at Disney World or take a trip to Asia to study global markets. You might volunteer with Habitat for Humanity or help your club collect canned goods for the local food bank. And just maybe, you’ll help entertain your fellow students during Lander skit night or score the winning goal in a soccer game. I look forward to welcoming you into the Lander family and sharing with you all that Lander has to offer.


Dr. Jonathan Bassett Associate Professor of Psychology One of Lander’s greatest strengths is its engaged and passionate faculty who are excellent teachers committed to the success of their students. Our small class sizes and friendly atmosphere foster one-on-one educational interactions between faculty and students in the classroom and beyond. As a professor in Lander’s Department of Psychological Science, one of my goals is to help students realize that education is a transformative process of learning how to find, evaluate and produce new information. They are encouraged to work with faculty members outside of class to develop, implement and present novel empirical research. Many students who take advantage of this opportunity present the results of their research at regional and national professional conferences. This hands-on research experience is great preparation for graduate school and gives our students abilities that employers value, such as critical thinking, communication skills and an appreciation for data-driven decisions. 2

This is Lander, where professors know your name. What makes Lander the right choice?

A Proactive Approach to Success

Small class sizes, personal attention from experienced professors, unique opportunities in and outside the classroom – it’s all part of what makes Lander the right choice for you! Our curriculum, with more than 60 areas of undergraduate study, encourages students to explore the arts, humanities, science and mathematics, allowing you to discover areas that capture your imagination and challenge your mind. With an average class size of 19 that provides for oneon-one interaction between students and professors, Lander offers everything you would expect from a public school, including price, but with a private-school atmosphere.

The Academic Success Center (ASC) offers free tutoring in most subjects by trained, faculty-recommended peer tutors. In addition, the center provides academic advising and intervention programs; one-on-one mentoring; study skills classes; transition programs for incoming freshmen; advisement/registration assistance for transfer students; and help with preparation for the PRAXIS Core test (education majors) and Business Proficiency Exam (business majors). The center also works closely with the Wellness Center to provide a quiet, comfortable environment where students with documented disabilities may take tests.

Staying Connected

Your Safety is Our Priority

At Lander, students are constantly connected to the outside world. A wireless campus allows you to stay on the go as you study for class, check your e-mail, stay in touch with family and friends, and keep up to date on world events. All residence halls have wireless Internet access, and each student receives a free Web-based e-mail account. Numerous “smart classrooms” throughout campus allow students to bring their laptops to class for in-depth study and discussion with their professors.

Lander provides a 24-hour certified police force to protect those on campus and enforce federal, state and local laws, as well as Lander rules and regulations. Officers work diligently to develop partnerships with students, faculty and staff in an effort to increase awareness and a positive exchange of information. Emergency speaker telephones, wired with buttons that instantly connect students with University Police, are found throughout campus. Each residence hall is equipped with locks that allow entrance to be restricted and monitored.


Biology Genetics

African-American Studies Art History Biology Business Administration Chemistry Child and Family Studies Computer Information Systems Dance Economics Electronic Art English English - Professional Writing Environmental Science French Health Care Management History Information Technology International Business International Studies Latin American Studies Leadership Mass Communication Mathematics Military Science and Leadership Music Musical Theatre Philosophy Political Science Pre-Law Psychology Public Administration Public Relations Religion Sociology Spanish Theatre Therapeutic Horsemanship Visual Arts

Medical Technology

Business Administration

Accounting Finance/Economics Health Care Management Management/Marketing

Chemistry Computer Information Systems Networking Software Development

Criminal Justice Management (online only)

Early Childhood Education* Montessori

Elementary Education* Engineering

(Dual Degree with Clemson University) Chemistry Computer Information Systems Mathematics


Professional Writing

The Larry A. Jackson Library The Larry A. Jackson Library is a perfect place for research and study, with spaces for both individual and group work. The library provides a collection of more than 250,000 books and other media, as well as full-text online access to the contents of hundreds of top-quality academic and scholarly journals in all subjects. In addition, we can borrow from any academic library across the nation through a free interlibrary loan service. Our staff of professional librarians offers students individualized attention for all research needs. There is also a coffee shop located on the premises, where students can relax with classmates or get a quick snack between study sessions.

Environmental Science Exercise Science History* Interdisciplinary Studies Mass Communication and Theatre Mass Communication Theatre

Mathematics* Music* Nursing

B.S.N. Completion for Registered Nurses

Physical Education* Political Science

Public Administration

Psychology Sociology

Criminal Justice

Spanish Special Education* Visual Arts* Graphic Design

*Teacher Certification Available

The Computer Commons & TRACS Located on the lowest level of the Jackson Library, Lander’s state-of-the-art computer commons and the Technology Resource Assistance Center for Students (TRACS) offer a convenient location for computer access and technology support. TRACS technicians are highly skilled in the latest information technology, and they are dedicated to providing students with one-on-one support with laptop setup, network connection and technology training.

Pre-Professional Programs Pre-Dentistry Pre-Law Pre-Medicine Pre-Occupational Therapy Pre-Optometry Pre-Pharmacy Pre-Physical Therapy Pre-Physician Assistant Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Areas of Study


Certificate Program Health Care Management

Graduate Studies Master of Arts in Teaching (Art) Master of Education in Montessori Education Master of Education in Teaching and Learning: Diverse Learners Exercise and Sports Studies Instructional Technology

Master of Science in Emergency Management Master of Science in Nursing, Clinical Nurse Leader


College of

Arts & Humanities

Did you know? n Lander has numerous student organizations

and honor societies available for students in each of the College of Arts and Humanities’ departments. n Lander offers opportunities to study abroad

for a few weeks, a semester or longer that are open to all students in the College of Arts and Humanities. In addition, all Spanish majors spend at least six weeks abroad in an approved program of study. n Students in the College of Arts and Humanities

have opportunities to apply classroom concepts in real-world settings through internships, apprenticeships and work study, giving them valuable, practical experience in their majors or minors. n Students and faculty combine musical talents

to participate in Lander’s musical groups, such as the Brass, Keyboarding, Percussion, String or Woodwind ensembles, University Singers, Old Main Singers, the Lander Jazz Ensemble and the Lander Wind Ensemble.

“Creativity is the power to connect the seemingly unconnected.” ~ William Plomer 4

Department of

Art Bachelor of Science in Visual Arts (emphases in studio art and graphic design) n


Bachelor of Science in Visual Arts, K-12 Teacher Certification


Master of Arts in Teaching – Art


Minors: art history, electronic art and visual arts

What will I study? Whether it’s brushing bright colors on a canvas, molding a fresh piece of clay or peering at your subject through the eye of a camera, at Lander, you’ll be able to set free your inner artist with the help of our experienced faculty. Your creations will come alive in the Lander Art Studio, which provides space for photography, painting and sculpture, or in the Josephine B. Abney Cultural Center, where you’ll find a state-of-the-art gallery, graphics labs and also studios for crafts, ceramics and sculpture. With a course load designed to give you a broad background in visual arts before narrowing in on your favorite area for focused study, you’ll have the opportunity to develop the skills you need to be a certified art teacher, graphic artist, professional photographer or fine artist.

Department of

English & Foreign Languages n Bachelor

of Arts in English (emphases in traditional English and professional writing) n Bachelor

of Arts in English, Secondary Teacher Certification

n Bachelor

of Arts in Spanish

n Minors:

English, French, Latin American studies and Spanish

Where can I use an English degree? An English degree prepares you for a variety of careers, such as law, theology, business, public relations, mass media and public service. Or perhaps you’d like to educate the students of tomorrow by becoming an English teacher in a secondary school. Whatever your aspirations, the courses you take as an English major will help you develop writing, reading and editing skills that will make you marketable.

Are there job opportunities for Spanish majors? Absolutely! Spanish-speaking graduates are very marketable due to growth in the Spanish-speaking population in the United States. Lander Spanish graduates are now teaching Spanish and pursuing careers in business, social work and communications.


Department of

History & Philosophy Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in History (pre-law minor available) n

Bachelor of Science in History, Secondary Social Studies Teacher Certification n

n Minors: history, international studies, Latin American studies, philosophy and religion

What will I do in the program? In Lander’s history program, students study the cultures, societies, struggles and triumphs of humanity. Through field trips, public lectures and internships, students gain a global understanding of history that prepares them for careers in teaching, law, the ministry, armed services, government service and business. Some of our history majors obtain teacher certification in social studies and others enter graduate programs in history, law, education, public administration and business.

Department of

Music n

Bachelor of Science in Music


Bachelor of Science in Music, K-12 Teacher Certification


Minor: music

What will I do in the program? The world wouldn’t be the same without music – the soothing melodies of classical movements, the soulful lyrics of post-war blues, the exciting rhythms of modern rock ’n’ roll. Music majors are given ample opportunity to nurture their creative talents in the classroom, communicate musical ideas and emotions on stage, and make significant musical contributions to the university community. Lander’s Department of Music has a program that allows students to work closely with highly experienced faculty to develop their talents in preparation for future roles as high school band and choral directors, elementary music specialists, church musicians or professionals in the music industry. 6

Department of

Mass Communication & Theatre n Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication and Theatre (emphases in theatre and mass communication) n Minors: mass communication, dance, musical theatre, public relations and theatre

Where can I use this degree? After graduating from Lander’s Department of Mass Communication and Theatre, you might find yourself anchoring the evening news in Chicago, writing the next Super Bowl commercial at an advertising firm in New York, gracing the stages of Los Angeles or taking over the airwaves at a radio station in Atlanta. Lander’s radio and TV studios, online student newsmagazine, student literary magazine and knowledgeable faculty provide mass communication students with the experience they need for successful careers in public relations, advertising, online and print journalism, TV and radio. And with a 600-seat auditorium, scene shop and graphics lab, our theatre program provides practical experience in producing live theatre.

Samuel Mhasvi Music and Visual Arts Double Major International Student When I first came to Lander, I didn’t know what I wanted to study. I knew I was passionate about music and art, and I wanted to get as much as I could out of my time here. Lander’s amazing faculty not only guided me through all the decisions I’ve had to make, they have also given me the support to pursue a double major in music and graphic design. I feel I’ve been able to come this far because of the unique quality and commitment of Lander’s faculty and staff to help students succeed in their goals. The support structures in place at Lander are designed to not only keep you motivated, but to help you if you struggle with anything, for whatever reason. Lander University is a great community … and believe me, you’ll love it, too.


College of

Business & Public Affairs Did you know? n The business program is accredited by

AACSB International (the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), the premier accrediting agency for business programs. n Lander sociology majors have gone on to

be administrators with the Department of Youth Services, law enforcement agents, city managers, youth counselors, social workers and counselors for the Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse. n Political science majors participate in the

S.C. Student Legislature with annual mock sessions at the State House in Columbia, S.C. n You can learn and experience leadership

by participating in our ROTC program and earn a commission as an officer in the Army, Army Reserve or National Guard. ROTC students can also minor in Military Science and Leadership.

“The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.” ~ Winston Churchill 8

Interdisciplinary Studies n  Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in

Interdisciplinary Studies

A degree program that fits your needs Graduates who have integrated knowledge from a variety of areas are better prepared to address the challenges of an ever-changing workforce, and as a result, have better odds of securing today’s most sought-after jobs.

School of Management

Business Administration Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (emphases in accounting, finance/economics, health care management and management/marketing) n

Minors: business administration, economics, health care management, international business and leadership n


Online Certificate Program: health care management

What is the degree program like? Small classes with experienced professors help today’s Lander students grow into the business, finance, economics and health care leaders of tomorrow. Examining realworld business issues, conducting case studies on regional economies and consulting with corporate leaders for team projects challenge the business administration major to think beyond the textbook for a truly global understanding of commerce. Each spring, the School of Management sponsors an honors event for students showing academic excellence, and eligible business majors can be invited to join the prestigious Beta Gamma Sigma honor society.

Lander’s Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) program recognizes this fact. The program’s versatile structure allows students to combine multiple areas of study offered by Lander’s four academic colleges, providing the flexibility to build a degree program tailored to meet a student’s individual needs and career objectives.

Bringing diverse academic disciplines together Not every student’s educational and career goals fit perfectly within the conventional boundaries of a single academic discipline. The Interdisciplinary Studies program gives students the opportunity to work closely with an adviser to design a course work plan that focuses on a multitude of relevant content and interests. For example, pairing business administration and marketing with mass communication could create a program of study suitable for a career in public relations or strategic communication. Integrating computer information systems with visual arts and graphic design could build a solid foundation for further study in Web development or game design. The potential course combinations are limited only by the imagination! Upon graduation, the student’s transcript will list a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies, as well as the module name.

What career opportunities are available? The dynamic and fast-paced nature of the business world makes the variety and number of jobs available in the field almost limitless. Our graduates have gone on to successful careers in banking, advertising, manufacturing, retail, accounting, real estate, insurance and health care management. Further study in graduate school is also an option. An online certificate program in health care management is designed for health care workers who need formal management training. 9

Department of

Political & Social Sciences n Bachelor of Science in Political Science (emphasis in public administration available) n Bachelor of Science in Sociology (emphasis in criminal justice available)

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Management (online) n Master of Science in Emergency Management (online) n

n Minors:

African-American studies, international studies, military science and leadership, political science, public administration and sociology

Rhett Sapough Business Administration Accounting Emphasis, Graduate ’13 “I chose Lander University because its College of Business and Public Affairs is highly-esteemed and is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. I was able to get beneficial experience as CEO-elect of the Lander Professional Business Society, and I held offices with Chi Alpha Omega Fraternity. I was also on the worship leadership team of the Lander Baptist Collegiate Ministry, and I served as a Presidential Ambassador. Lander is a smaller school, which means smaller class sizes. This allows students to build a more personal relationship with their professors, and the faculty and staff are equally invested in the students’ academic success and helping them achieve personal goals.”

“If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” ~ Booker T. Washington 10

What is this degree program like? Whether learning the basics of international political systems, studying the roles of race and gender in Amer­i­­can communities or examining the social origins of the law, our political science and sociology majors are getting the experience they need for careers in criminal justice, the military, law, teaching, journalism, government service and business management. Depending on your major, you’ll have opportunities to intern with local law enforcement and government agencies, and there are even chances to study in Washington, D.C., or enroll in the study abroad program.

What is the online criminal justice management program? This online bachelor’s degree completion program is offered to those who have an associate degree, preferably in criminal justice, and who have two years of law en­forcement experience and/or who are employed as an officer at the time of entering the program.

Creating Future Leaders Lander students have opportunities to meet some of the key members of the state and federal governments. The College of Business and Public Affairs can even arrange for top students to spend a summer or semester working in the Washington offices of congressional representatives.

Learning from Experience

EE Experience Your Education

The Experience Your Education (EYE) Program provides experiential learning opportunities such as internships, clinicals and service learning projects, all of which can take place either at the university or off campus. Under the program, students who participate in an EYE-approved contextual learning opportunity are mentored by a faculty member on campus and by a worksite supervisor. By immersing themselves in these types of authentic environments, students can develop professionalism and self-responsibility and hone their skills of communication, collaboration and problem solving.

Kristen Louden Business Administration – Accounting Emphasis, Graduate ’11

Minor in

Military Science & Leadership (ARMY ROTC)

The Department of Military Science and Leadership conducts leadership training and runs the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program at Lander University. The ROTC program is designed to enhance a student’s college education by providing unique training and practical experience in leadership and management – qualities essential to success in any career. Upon graduation, contracted cadets who have successfully completed ROTC training are awarded a commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army, U.S. Army National Guard or the U.S. Army Reserve. Lander is a member of the Scottish Highlander Battalion, along with Presbyterian College and Newberry College.

What will I do in the program? To prepare students to become commissioned officers, the ROTC program combines college courses in military science and leadership with summer training. The military science curriculum consists of a two-year basic course and a two-year advanced course. The Basic Course, which is open to all Lander students without any military obligation, comprises freshman- and sophomore-level classes that focus on the fundamentals of leadership and personal development. The Advanced Course comprises junior- and senior-level classes and requires students to commit to a military obligation prior to entering the course. The Advanced courses focus on developing leadership and tactics, and cadets learn to lead small units through a mission in both tactical and everyday environments. Cadets also attend a 30-day Leadership Development Assessment Course, located at Fort Lewis, Wash., during the summer of their junior/senior year.

Spring 2011 business administration graduate Kristen Louden knows firsthand what it’s like to work in the accounting industry. At Lander, she began an EYE-approved internship at Lakelands Federal Credit Union, where she was given the opportunity to learn how credit unions operate from a regulatory point of view. While there, she was appointed chairperson of the Supervisory Committee, which ensures that the credit union’s management practices and procedures safeguard members’ assets. In that role, she said, she participated in audits of newly issued loans, new accounts and employees’ personal accounts. She also developed reports of audit findings and presented those reports to the credit union’s Board of Directors. Following the completion of that internship, Louden gained additional field experience with an internship in the accounting department at VELUX Greenwood Inc. In that role, she assisted with nearly every area within the department, she said, including entering invoices into accounts payable, conducting material cost analysis with the cost accountants, developing direct and indirect wage reports for management’s use and helping audit physical inventory. “The two distinctly different internships gave me the opportunity to seamlessly bridge those concepts I learned in my accounting and finance courses with the concepts I learned in my management courses, my communications courses and my information systems courses. The internships taught me that you must take initiative and actively seek knowledge. You must ask questions, you must seek learning opportunities and you must commit yourself to excellence. If you do, you can be successful.” 11

College of

Education Did you know? n Lander University is South Carolina’s only

institution of higher learning to offer a program leading to national certification in Montessori education. n Lander psychology majors have many

opportunities for internships, including working with area hospitals, handicapped and special needs centers, and senior citizen agencies. n Lander physical education majors have

been named Physical Education Major of the Year by the National Association of Sport and Physical Education.

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” ~ William Butler Yeats, Irish poet, playwright and Nobel Prize winner 8 12

Anna Bowen Physical Education Major

Department of

Physical Education & Exercise Studies n

Bachelor of Science in Physical Education, K-12 Teacher Certification

n Bachelor

of Science in Exercise Science

n Pre-professional

programs: pre-occupational therapy and pre-physical therapy

What will I study? Through hands-on training, the Physical Education and Exercise Studies (PEES) department offers students an in-depth look at all aspects of the human body, from anatomy, physiology and how the body responds to stress, to how to teach someone to become a competent mover. Housed in the John Drummond Complex, which features the Finis Horne Arena and Joe V. Chandler Center, the department boasts numerous well-equipped facilities, including: exercise physiology and teaching/pedagogy laboratories; an elevated walk/jog track; aerobics and dance studios; basketball and racquetball courts; and a new, state-of-the-art fitness center. Off campus, students intern in public schools, hospitals, corporate fitness centers and wellness facilities. PEES majors have the opportunity to be engaged in professional development, service projects and social interactions with other PEES majors and faculty through their participation in the PEES Club.

I chose Lander because it offers an exceptional physical education program, with top-of-the-line professors and great facilities for learning. Lander has so much to offer to students: a beautiful campus, helpful professors and it is located in the perfect college town. As a physical education major I have performed my clinicals in the Greenwood public schools. This has given me the opportunity to gain skills and hands-on experience that has helped me on my journey to become an educator. I am a Teaching Fellow and a member of the leadership team for the Physical Education and Exercise Science Club. Being involved in these organizations has encouraged me to become a more disciplined student, a stronger leader and a more confident individual.

Where can I use this degree? Lander exercise science graduates have gone on to careers in public, private and corporate fitness programs, cardiac rehabilitation, and physical and occupational therapy. Students in physical education can pursue teaching and coaching careers upon graduation, and many have been heavily recruited throughout South Carolina. All PEES graduates are prepared to pursue advanced degrees.


Department of

Teacher Education n Bachelor

of Science in Elementary Education

n Bachelor

of Science in Early Childhood Education (emphasis in Montessori available) n Bachelor

of Science in Special Education

n Master

of Arts in Teaching – Art

n Master

of Education in Montessori Education

n Master

of Education in Teaching and Learning (concentrations in Diverse Learners; Exercise and Sports Studies; and Instructional Technology) What is the program like? At Lander, education students work closely with their professors and community educators before stepping into the classroom to teach children in the public or private school systems. Lander’s teacher education program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and the university is a South Carolina Teaching Fellow institution. Secondary certification is offered through the College of Education and the departments of English, Mathematics and History. The college shares responsibility for the K-12 specialty areas of art, music and physical education. A number of campus organizations, including the Lander Association for the Education of Young Children, the Student Council for Exceptional Children and several honor societies, are open to education majors at Lander. Lander is the only university in South Carolina offering a program leading to Montessori education certification.

What can I do with my degree? Lander graduates meet state requirements for teaching in public school systems and are heavily recruited for employment throughout the Southeast. Many have been named Teacher of the Year for their school districts, and some have been named South Carolina Teacher of the Year or National Distinguished Principal. 14

Minor in

Therapeutic Horsemanship The Therapeutic Horsemanship minor presents a number of educational opportunities for Lander students in a variety of majors, from special education to business and continuing education. Headquartered at Lander’s Equestrian Center, the program allows students to obtain special instruction in therapeutic riding, also known as hippotherapy, which teaches people with disabilities to ride a horse with the help of assistants. The movement of the walking animal provides rhythmic, repetitive motion that improves the rider’s neurological and sensory function.

Learning from Experience Department of

Psychological Science

Ashton Tatum

n Bachelor

While finishing up her final semester at Lander, Ashton Tatum, a Fall 2010 graduate in early childhood education, wanted to add a little bit to her university experience. She enrolled in the EYE Program because she thought that it would provide her “with the best opportunity to become a better professional and person.” As an early childhood education major, she was interested in learning more about special needs students. She chose to volunteer with Burton Center, a local nonprofit governmental agency providing services for people with disabilities and special needs. The Lander University Equestrian Center is located on the campus of Burton Center and offers riding and equestrian therapy programs for Burton Center consumers. As part of her EYE experience, Tatum spent 30 hours assisting with the center’s therapeutic riding and hippotherapy programs. Throughout her time as a volunteer, Tatum was able to see how her experiences related to each of the key components of the EYE Program, such as communication, problem solving and professionalism. “Every day, I went home knowing something I did not previously know. Most importantly, I learned my true passion is to work with children. Studying to be a teacher can be overwhelming and demanding, but this experience has taught me that, regardless of the hardships, the rewards are much greater.”

n Minors:

of Science in Psychology

psychology and child and family studies

What will I study? Lander’s broad psychology curriculum is designed to walk students through the science of psychology, from its history and methods to current research techniques. Students examine the current theories underlying areas such as personality and human development, as well as other major issues of the field. Students then put their skills into practice by volunteering with local social service agencies.

Where can I use my degree? Psychology majors have a number of options available after graduation, from advanced study and research at graduate schools to careers in public affairs, education, business, sales and service industries. They work as employment counselors, correction counselor trainees, interviewers, personnel analysts, probation officers and writers. Others are involved with health care teams, outpatient clinics, nursing homes, pain clinics, rehabilitation facilities, and community health and mental health centers. The choices are diverse and extensive.

Are there opportunities on campus? Psychology majors at Lander have many opportunities to get involved on campus, including joining Psi Chi, a national honor society for psychology students, or the Psychology Club. Students can also participate in the state psychological association’s academic day and annual conference.

Early Childhood Education, Graduate ’10

Ryan Hewitt Mass Communication and Theatre, Graduate ’13 Recent mass communication and theatre graduate Ryan Hewitt realized the importance of not only doing well in the classroom, but also in activities related to his field of study. As a student in the theatre emphasis, he had the opportunity to work on multiple theatrical productions at Lander, which allowed him to apply what he learned in the classroom to real-life experiences. “The EYE Program is a good way to get out and gain experience in your own field of study while receiving credit based on your work,” Hewitt said. Students who successfully complete the required number of hours in EYE-approved programs are eligible to receive the Golden EYE Award at graduation. “Being involved in the EYE Program shows my potential employers that not only am I skilled in line memorization and writing, but that I also gained valuable experience by putting what I’ve learned into practice.” 15

College of

Science & Mathematics Did you know? n Lander graduates have had a very high

acceptance rate (typically over 90 percent) into medical and veterinary schools over the last several years. n Lander dual-degree students applying

to Clemson’s School of Engineering have maintained a 100-percent acceptance rate, and students in the engineering dual-degree program have earned honors as Clemson’s Outstanding Engineering Graduates. n Lander nursing graduates have had a 94.8-

percent pass rate for first-time takers of the RN licensing exam over the past six classes.

“Men love to wonder, and that is the seed of our science.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson 8 16

Department of

Biology n Bachelor

of Science in Biology (emphases in genetics and medical technology available) n Pre-professional

programs: pre-dentistry, pre-medicine, pre-occupational therapy, pre-optometry, pre-physical therapy, pre-physician assistant and pre-veterinary medicine n Minor:


What will I study? As a student in the Department of Biology, you’ll have the opportunity to put your education into action by spending time in the lab and in the field. With a variety of courses available, students perform research in molecular biology, examine the cellular physiology of microscopic organisms, study the biology of freshwater ecosystems and much more. The world-renowned Greenwood Genetic Center provides the perfect location for students to gain valuable experience in genetic research. The Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society gives students the opportunity to make connections with fellow students, faculty and leaders in biological fields.

Department of

Mathematics & Computing n Bachelor

of Science in Mathematics

n Bachelor

of Science in Mathematics, Secondary Teacher Certification

n Bachelor

of Science in Computer Information Systems (emphases in networking and software development) n Dual

engineering degree program with mathematics or computer information systems offered with Clemson University n Minors:

computer information systems and mathematics

Where can I use this degree? In today’s technology-based world, a degree in math­ematics or computing puts you on track for a successful career. Mathematics graduates have gone on to careers as teachers at the high school and university levels, industrial engineers, quality control statisticians, and naval flight training and submarine warfare officers. CIS graduates have pursued careers in database administration, software development, network management and administration, and programming. Some mathematics and computing graduates use their degree as a springboard into advanced study in a variety of fields.

What is the dual engineering degree? Lander offers a dual engineering degree with Clemson University. Students complete three years of study at Lander followed by two years at Clemson, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics or computer information systems from Lander and an engineering degree from Clemson. Engineering/chemistry is also available. 17

School of

Nursing n Bachelor n n

of Science in Nursing

Online Bachelor of Science in Nursing for registered nurses Master of Science in Nursing, Clinical Nurse Leader (online)

What options are available in the nursing program?

Jordan Bennett Nursing, Graduate ’12 “I chose Lander University because it was a school that allowed me to work and play at the same time. I also wanted a school that offered a challenging nursing curriculum and was close enough to home. I was involved on campus as a student worker in the Office of Admissions, a Presidential Ambassador, a Blue Key Honor Society member and a member of Lander University Student Nurses Association. I also traveled to Honduras with Volunteers in Medical Missions. While working toward my bachelor’s degree in nursing, I was able to keep up my certification as a Nationally Registered EMT-I with Greenwood County EMS. I loved the community and every aspect Lander had to offer.”


Lander’s nursing degree program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE; One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 200361120) indicating that the program has exceeded standards for quality in nursing education. Graduates of this program are eligible to take the national examination to become licensed as registered nurses. They find employment in a wide variety of nursing positions or continue in graduate work. Honors study is available to eligible nursing students. Lander also offers an online RN-BSN option available to licensed registered nurses desiring to complete their BSN degree. Nursing majors share experiences with fellow students through the Lander University Student Nurses Association, Lander University’s Medical Reserve Corps and the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

Where can I use my degree? Our graduates are successful in attaining entry-level positions in a variety of nursing settings, including county and regional hospitals, private and public clinics, and long-term care facilities. Some continue their education in graduate nursing programs at universities across the country.

Learning from Experience Andrew La Croix Chemistry, Graduate ’12 As a chemistry major, Andrew La Croix recognized that obtaining laboratory experience would be an important step in his plans to attend graduate school after Lander. He said, “I knew that if I was going to spend time researching as an undergraduate student, I wanted it to be something important in the scientific community as well.” He chose to work with Lander’s Dr. Lisa Brodhacker, associate professor of chemistry, who is producing epoxy telescope mirrors at Lander for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Once immersed in the project, he realized that the application of methods is very different from the theory he learned in class. His goal was to produce a molecule that negates epoxy shrinkage. That required many different scientific approaches and he learned that organic synthesis is a very complex field. But, far from being discouraged, he developed an interest in that area of chemistry, and he plans to study it further as he pursues a doctoral degree. He said, “By using the learning opportunities available to me in the lab and through Lander’s Experience Your Education (EYE) program, I gained crucial hands-on experience that will be of utmost benefit to me as I further my education.”

Department of

Physical Sciences n Bachelor

of Science in Chemistry

n Bachelor

of Science in Environmental Science

n Dual

engineering degree program with chemistry offered with Clemson University n Pre-professional

programs: pre-dentistry, pre-medicine, pre-pharmacy and other pre-professional allied health science fields

n Minors:

environmental science and chemistry

What will I study? At Lander, chemistry and environmental science students work closely with their professors and advisers to study the fundamentals of the sciences, building an extensive understanding of the field. Graduates in both areas have ample opportunities for advanced study and for careers in industrial chemistry, government science and regulatory agencies, consulting firms and teaching. Students can take an active role in Lander’s award-winning American Chemical Society chapter and the Environmental Science Student Organization (ESSO).


Study Abroad Program

Did you know? n


Study abroad programs are open to students in all majors and to students who have not yet chosen a major.

Lander students have recently studied in Austria, Chile, England, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea and Spain.


Lander has partnership agreements with 11 universities in China, Korea and Thailand. These agreements facilitate summer-abroad, semester-abroad and year-abroad study for Lander students and also encourage Asian students to study at Lander. These programs are taught in English and are open to all majors. See for details.

A World of Opportunities Lander is committed to developing leaders for a global environment. By traveling, living and studying in countries such as England, Italy, Korea and Spain, students are able to learn about other cultures firsthand while earning credit for a degree and gaining valuable international experience. Walk the halls of England’s oldest universities, study photography in the lush fields of the Irish countryside, stand in the shadows of Rome’s ancient ruins, slide down to the depths of Austria’s salt mines – a world of opportunities awaits you.

Where can I study? Most Lander students study abroad at universities in Europe. Students who major in Spanish must study for a summer or a semester in a Spanish-speaking culture.

What if I don’t want to spend a whole semester or year studying abroad?


Lander offers study tours focusing on topics ranging from art and music to history and economics. Many of the tours are scheduled in the summer months or during spring break, and among the countries recently visited are: Austria, China, England, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Ireland, Italy, Korea, Scotland and Spain.

When students in Lander’s Study Abroad Program spend a semester overseas, many of them study at the University of Winchester in England (pictured).

Honors College

Education Beyond the Classroom Lander’s Honors College is an opportunity to seek out unique challenges designed around your interests and to build relationships with faculty members and other bright, curious students. The Honors College is a supplement to the traditional college curriculum and fits with any major.

receive special recognition upon graduation. Participation in the program gives you a distinct advantage on graduate school applications and in the job market. The program is designed for students with an 1100 or higher on the SAT and good academic records. An application form is available at:

What will I do in the program?

Become a Global Scholar

The Honors College offers small-group classes that add a personal flair to your education. Honors classes emphasize discussion, fieldtrips, presentations, hands-on projects and individual research. In addition to completing 15 or more hours of Honors-level course work, Honors College students are encouraged to pick out an enjoyable challenge like study abroad, an internship or an independent research project. If you decide to complete all the Honors College requirements, you’ll

Each year, Lander will offer a fall or spring semester of study abroad – at no additional cost* – to a select group of exceptional Honors College students. Each Global Scholar, working with an adviser, will choose a study abroad experience relevant to the student’s major. Summer programs are available for students whose majors do not allow for an entire semester away. *Based upon tuition and fees at Lander and the cost of living and taking all meals on campus.

Emily Knott History, Graduate ’13 Honors participant “Thanks to Honors, I’ve been able to travel more than I ever dreamed possible. I spent a semester at the University of Winchester in England – incredible! Then, I was presented with an opportunity to teach English in Thailand – unbelievably awesome! Following that, my professors suggested I try for an internship in Washington, D.C. I knew my Honors professors cared about my life at Lander and my destination after graduation. With their encouragement and support, I applied for and landed an internship at the Smithsonian Institution! Without Honors at Lander and the opportunities it offered me – England, Thailand, D.C. – my university experience would not have been the same. More than that, I wouldn’t have had those experiences to shape me as a person, and I wouldn’t be who I am today.”


Jeff May Lander University Athletics Director “At Lander, we are focused on building an environment where our student-athletes can thrive and achieve at their highest levels both in the classroom and on the playing fields and courts. We encourage our student-athletes to strike a balance between the requirements of their academic studies and their time spent practicing and competing in their sports. Lander’s athletic programs are very competitive and our teams make regular appearances in conference, regional and national championship play. We are also extremely proud of our Bearcat venues: n Finis Horne Arena is a top-notch facility for our men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball teams. n Jeff May Complex for Recreation, Wellness and Sports is a state-of-the-art facility for our baseball, softball, men’s and women’s tennis, and men’s and women’s soccer teams. We invite you to join us for a game or a match, and you will see why it is great to be a Lander Bearcat.”

This is Lander. This is Bearcat Country.

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Baseball Basketball Golf Soccer Tennis

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Basketball Golf Soccer Softball Tennis Volleyball

Although students come to Lander primarily for the quality of our curricula, we are also proud of the caliber of our intercollegiate sports and the scope of our intramural activities. Athletic events are a vital part of campus life whether you are a studentathlete or are cheering for our athletes. You may be playing intramurals, competing with other universities, meeting a friend for a game of racquetball or starting an individual workout routine.

Are Lander’s sports teams nationally ranked? Yes! Numerous Bearcat teams are continually ranked in the top 25 in the country, and our teams are highly competitive in the Peach Belt Conference and NCAA Division II. Our men’s tennis team has won 12 national championships, and our men’s golf, soccer and basketball teams, as well as our women’s basketball team, have made recent appearances in regional and national tournaments. Lander student-athletes also perform well in the classroom, and many are listed on the PBC Presidential Honor Roll.

Mariana Martins Exercise Science Major and Women’s Golf Team Member

What types of athletic facilities are available? Lander boasts numerous state-of-the-art athletic facilities to keep our students and student-athletes physically and mentally fit. In addition, Lander recently constructed a recreation, wellness and sports complex just a few blocks from campus. The Jeff May Complex offers stadiums for baseball, soccer and softball, 12 tennis courts, a field house, intramural fields, a perimeter track and more.

Athletic & Fitness Facilities 28-acre Jeff May Sports Complex 2,500-seat arena n Athletic fields n Field house n Auxiliary gym with three basketball courts n Elevated, indoor walk/jog track n State-of-the-art Fitness Center n



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Sand volleyball court Dance studio Intramural field Lighted tennis courts Multipurpose room Outdoor pool Racquetball courts Training room

Lander women’s golfer Mariana Martins has proven she is a contender both in the classroom and on the golf course. In 2013 she earned the Peach Belt Conference Elite 15 Award, sponsored by GradesFirst, which honors the student-athletes competing in the PBC Golf Championship with the highest cumulative GPA. In the classroom, the exercise science major carries a near-perfect 4.0 GPA and has been a PBC Presidential Honor Roll Gold Scholar. She is also a two-time recipient of the team’s academic award. On the course, Martins was a key part of Lander’s 2013 PBC Championship run, helping the team to their first PBC title. “My hometown is thousands of miles away, but the people at Lander have always made me feel welcome and at home. The golf team is like my second family that keeps me on the right path to become a better person in every aspect of my life.”

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Campus Recreation & Intramurals Intramural Programs n Basketball n Bowling n Cornhole tournaments n Disc golf n Dodgeball n Flag football n Indoor & outdoor soccer n Indoor & sand volleyball n Kickball n Racquetball n Softball n Tennis n Ultimate Frisbee

Our graduates tell us some of their best memories are of winning - or even losing - an intramural championship. Lander’s intramural and club sports offer you a great way to meet other students and to just hang out with your friends while having a good time. Our Campus Recreation Department is divided into seven categories:

n Club sports n Disc golf n General free play at the Chandler Center n Group exercise classes n Intramurals n Outdoor adventures n Outdoor pool at Sproles Recreation Center Our programs give students of all abilities the opportunity to compete for fun and to support their favorite clubs or organizations. 24

Club Sports n Bass fishing n Equestrian n Rugby n Running n Soccer

At Lander, you can begin your own program or you can join other students, faculty and staff in a game of volleyball, racquetball, indoor and outdoor soccer, disc golf, kickball – any sport you can imagine!

What else does campus recreation offer? For recreation enthusiasts there are trips that include snow skiing, white-water rafting, paintball, horseback riding, rock climbing, kayaking and more. Lander’s newly completed 6,800-square-foot Fitness Center is open to all students and features cardio, core body and strength training zones, a freeweights area and a spin room. Numerous exercise classes – including Zumba, yoga and spin, among others – are also offered each semester for those who want some guidance in their workouts.

Student Life Staying active outside the classroom is a vital part of any college experience, and at Lander, students have numerous options when it comes to getting involved. There are opportunities to show your Bearcat spirit during events such as Homecoming, Greek rush, Open House and orientation programs, and Lander has more than 60 student organizations and clubs, each offering unique opportunities.

This is Lander. This is Getting Involved.

Explore the Opportunities You can entertain young schoolchildren as you put on a chemistry magic show with Lander’s American Chemical Society chapter, or you can interact with classmates and visitors while you volunteer at campus events as a Presidential Ambassador. Numerous national academic honor societies give you a chance to meet and work with students who share your interests. You can stay active with a game of ultimate Frisbee or rugby, or ride with fellow Equestrian Team members. You can even find your spiritual niche with groups such as Campus Crusade for Christ, the Baptist Collegiate Ministry or the United Methodist Fellowship. Whether you’re helping collect canned goods for the local food bank, taking part in a blood drive, running in a 5K for a charity or just volunteering time to improve the community, you’ll be keeping your mind and body fit while helping others.


This is Lander. This is Talent.

Amber Rae Weston Mass Communication and Theatre Major – Theatre Emphasis “I chose Lander because I knew I wanted to attend a university that offered small classes, which would allow professors to be more available to me. The faculty at Lander work hard to know their students and to provide individual attention when it’s needed, and I like that. I’m majoring in mass communication with a theatre emphasis and I’m learning a lot. We’re all pretty close in the theatre department. When we’re all working on shows or just in class together, we give 100 percent as a team. I love being a part of something bigger than myself!”

Your Chance to Shine in the Spotlight When you think of the college years that are fast approaching, you picture more than late nights of studying and taking notes in class. Becoming involved in cocurricular activities at Lander makes the ordinary college experience extra­ordinary! Students can let their talents shine by taking part in theatrical performances or by taking center stage as a member of the Lander Dancers. You can let your voice be heard in one of Lander’s many musical groups, such as the Old Main Singers, or you can join the writing teams of Lander’s online campus newsmagazine, Blue and Gold, or the campus literary magazine, The Review.

Spark Your Imagination: Fine Arts and Lectureship

“Wisdom is not wisdom when it is derived from books alone.” ~ Horace 26

Undergraduate students who enroll at Lander attend at least 15 Fine Arts and Lectureship (FALS) events, which expose students to a broad range of topics and performances, including music, theatre, dance and lectures.

Visit for the FALS events schedule.

Clubs & Organizations

Academic Organizations

American Chemical Society Council for Exceptional Children Environmental Science Student Organization (ESSO) Lander Association for the Education of Young Children Lander Professional Business Society L.U. Student Nurses Association (LUSNA) Mass Communication Association Math and Computer Information Systems Club National Association for Music Education Palmetto State Teachers Association PEES Club Political Science Association Psychology Club S.C. Student Legislatures Sociology Club

Kayla Lynn Williams Psychology, Graduate ’14

Clubs & Interest Groups

Bearcat Nation International Funfest Lander Rugby Club Lander Running Club Lander Soccer Club Lander Spectrum Lander University Bass Fishing Club Lander University Chess Club Lander University Role Players LepUtation Dance Club Minorities on the Move NAACP Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Philosophy Club Residence Hall Association Rotaract Club of Lander University Secular Student Alliance Socrates Café


Alpha Tau Omega Phi Beta Sigma Pi Kappa Phi Tau Kappa Epsilon

Greek Organizations

Interfraternity Council Lander Panhellenic Council National Pan-Hellenic Council

Honor Societies

Alpha Chi (all disciplines) Alpha Psi Omega (theatre) Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society (biology) Beta Gamma Sigma (business) Blue Key Honor Society Phi Alpha Theta (history) Sigma Tau Delta (English) Sigma Theta Tau (nursing)


Art Alliance Blue and Gold (online newsmagazine) New Voices (literary magazine) The Review (literary and art magazine) WLG-TV (campus television station) XLR Lander Radio (campus radio station)

Music Groups

Brass Ensemble Chamber Strings Guitar Ensemble Jazz Combo Jazz Ensemble Old Main Singers

Opera Workshop Percussion Ensemble Piano Ensemble University Singers Wind Ensemble Woodwind Ensemble

Religious Organizations

Baptist Collegiate Ministry Chi Alpha Omega Chi Sigma Fellowship of Christian Athletes IMPACT


Alpha Kappa Alpha Delta Sigma Theta Gamma Phi Beta Phi Mu Zeta Phi Beta Zeta Tau Alpha

University Sponsored

Bearcat Dance Team Lander University Cheerleaders L.U. Equestrian Team Presidential Ambassadors Student Government Association University Program Council

Lander University has so many opportunities to get involved outside of the classroom. By joining the Psychology Club, I met others who shared my major and interests, and I got to know fellow classmates by serving as a Resident Assistant and taking part in the Student Alumni Association. I also gained valuable workforce experience as a student worker in the Alumni Office. But my favorite extracurricular experience was my involvement with the Presidential Ambassadors program. I remember touring the Lander campus as a prospective student, and I know how much impact PAs can have on a prospective student’s decision to attend the university. I loved using my communication and leadership skills to help prospective students see all the best Lander has to offer – and helping them make the right decision for their education.


This is Lander. This is Campus Life.

Did you know? n

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Megan McCartney


Each student living on campus is

As part of Lander’s Healthy Campus initiative, the university is a tobaccofree campus.


All students may bring their cars to campus. Parking permits can be purchased from University Police.

Your Home Away From Home Campus living is more than just spending time in your room to study or rest. When you live in the heart of campus, you are in the center of all the action – and you’re an integral part of the Lander community! You’ll have the opportunity to make lifelong friends while you share laughs during intramural games, participate in a service project with your fraternity or sorority, or take in a campus concert with your suitemates. With the campus dining hall, library and classrooms only a few steps away, you’ll be right where you want to be!

Who can help me adjust to residence hall life? Learning to live with other students is a rewarding experience, and many roommates and suitemates become close friends during their time together. Your Resident Assistant (RA) can help you adjust to your new living environment and provide further assistance with any questions you might have. 28

All residence halls are air-conditioned. assigned a post office box for mail delivery.

Early Childhood Education, Graduate ’12 Former Resident Assistant “Even though Lander is a small university, it feels like a big family on campus, with personable professors, helpful staff and outgoing, fun students. Lander was definitely the best choice for me because I was able to get involved in so many great organizations, including the Baptist Collegiate Ministry, Presidential Ambassadors and Zeta Tau Alpha. I’ve had the honor of serving as Homecoming Queen, and I loved my work in the Admissions Office, where I enjoyed giving tours and seeing new faces! But being a Resident Assistant was truly the best thing I did at Lander. I loved being able to help others, especially freshmen as they adjust to college life.”

Free cable and Internet access for computers are available in all residence halls.

What are the residence halls like? With residence halls ranging from suite styles to contemporary apartment living, you’ll find your perfect place at Lander. If it’s character you are looking for, women can live in Lander’s traditional Chipley Hall, located in the center of campus. If you prefer suite-style residence halls, you can live in Brookside or Williamston. Or if you like a room all to yourself, Thomason and Centennial Hall offer single occupancies. In addition, Centennial’s super suites accommodate four students and include a living area, bath and four bedrooms. Lander features apartment living in Lide and University Place, where four students share a kitchen, living area, two bedrooms, and either one or two baths. Bearcat Village and McGhee Court, conveniently located close to campus, also feature apartment-style living with a community atmosphere. All residence halls have private or semiprivate bathrooms in each suite; there are no shared hall showers.

What services are provided to keep the campus safe? Because safety is a priority, Lander provides a 24-hour certified police force to protect those on campus and to enforce federal, state and local laws, as well as Lander rules and regulations. In addition, a Campus Emergency Response Team (CERT) is trained to assist local law enforcement, medical and fire personnel in the event of a campus emergency. Lander utilizes a text-messaging alert system to quickly notify faculty, staff and students of any emergencies. The university also uses emergency speaker telephones, located throughout campus, that instantly connect callers with University Police. Each residence hall is equipped with locks that allow access to be restricted and monitored.

Connected on Campus

Lander University encourages each student to have access to a mobile computing device, such as a laptop or tablet, that is compatible with the Microsoft Office Suite. Selected classes in the general education curriculum require students to bring mobile computers to class, and many majors incorporate opportunities to use laptops or other mobile devices in and outside of the classroom. Your academic adviser can provide more information on specific technology requirements for your intended major. 29

Dining on Campus

What options are there for campus dining? Many students choose to eat at the newly renovated Grier Student Center Dining Hall, which features an all-you-can-eat meal service and includes beverages, soup and salad bars, a variety of entrees, vegetables and desserts. With tables and booths overlooking campus, the dining hall is a popular place to meet friends for a meal.

Did you know? n Whether you are in the mood for a

hot meal or just a sandwich on the run, Lander’s Dining Services will satisfy your appetite. n Campus visitors are welcome to

purchase meals in the dining hall. n Wireless Internet access and infor-

mation screens located throughout campus allow students to stay constantly connected. n Weekly menus and food service

hours can be found online.


What if I want a snack or a quick meal? The Bearcat Den, located in the Grier Student Center, features a Which Wich and Burger Studio, offering made-to-order sandwiches, salads, grilled items and desserts. Between classes and study sessions, students can grab a specialty coffee or beverage at Starbucks, located in the Jackson Library, and pick up a sandwich, salad or snack at the P.O.D. Express in the Carnell Learning Center atrium.

How do I pay for my meals? Meals are included in the cost of room and board, and students can choose from a 10-meal, a 15-meal or an unlimited-meal plan. Bearcat Bucks are included with the meal plans and can be used at the dining hall, Bearcat Den or the P.O.D. Express.

What are Bearcat Bucks? Bearcat Bucks are dollars that supplement your weekly meal allowance. They work like a bank debit card; each time you make a purchase, the amount is subtracted from the balance in your account.

This is Greenwood. This is Lander’s Home.

Did you know?

Ellison Poston Nursing, Graduate ’12

n Lake Greenwood, just 15 minutes from

campus, is a popular spot with Lander students. n The area is home to more than 100

restaurants, which feature everything from fast food to ethnic cuisine.

Lander University is located in Greenwood, one of the largest cities in South Carolina’s Upstate region. It has a population of 23,000 and a county population exceeding 65,000. Greenwood is located about three to four hours northwest of the beautiful South Carolina beaches and two to four hours southeast of the popular Blue Ridge Mountains.

What activities are available? Greenwood is a haven for outdoors enthusiasts! You can spend a sunny afternoon at West Cambridge Park or drive a few miles to Lake Greenwood, home of Greenwood State Park, where you’ll find public boat landings, quiet fishing piers and swimming facilities. Nearby are areas for weekend camping trips and picnics with friends, and Greenwood has a number of beautifully manicured greens for golfers. Our students also have the opportunity to stay fit and have fun by using Lander’s Fitness Center, auxiliary gyms or Jeff May Complex, as well as Greenwood’s YMCA and Wellness Works.

Are there arts and cultural attractions? Greenwood is home to a number of regional festivals, including the nationally acclaimed South Carolina Festival of Flowers. The Uptown Greenwood area, only blocks from Lander’s campus, boasts numerous specialty shops and restaurants, and is host to musicians, artists and chefs from across the region at events including Live After Five and the Festival of Discovery, recently featured on Food Network. Lander’s Monsanto Gallery attracts more than 500 visitors monthly to view exhibits showcasing the work of Southeastern artists. Greenwood Performing Arts sponsors an annual series of concerts and events that bring international music, dance and theatre to the Greenwood area.

“As a Lander student, I was able to receive an affordable, quality education at a publicly supported university while still having small classes and one-on-one time with my professors. Lander’s nursing program is one of the best in South Carolina and it has prepared me for a career as a registered nurse. Also, being close to home allowed me to get a college education while doing the two things I love most: riding horses, which I did as part of Lander’s equestrian team, and spending time with my family.”

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Becoming A Lander Student

Freshman Students Applying to Lander is quick and simple. Just complete an online application at Lander University admissions counselors will evaluate your application on the basis of your high school record and scores on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT). Your application will be reviewed as soon as your admissions file is complete. You will be notified of a decision within two to three weeks.

Transfer Students

How do I apply? n Submit an admission application with

the application fee. n Have your SAT or ACT results sent to the

Lander Office of Admissions. n Have your counselor mail an official

copy of your high school transcript to the Office of Admissions. n Have each college or university you

have attended send an official copy of your transcript to the Lander University Office of Admissions.

Whether you are in the early or late stages of your education, we have designed the transfer process to fit the needs of those who have attended another university. Transfer students are considered for admission to Lander from an accredited junior or four-year college if they have a 2.0 (C) or better grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) for all courses attempted at the last school attended. A student must also be academically eligible to return to all previous institutions. We evaluate each transcript and give credit from accredited institutions for courses in which a grade of C or better has been earned, provided the courses are equivalent to courses offered at Lander. Refer to the current Lander catalog, found online at, for detailed information.

Returning Students If your attendance at Lander is interrupted for one semester or more, you must submit a new application to the Office of Admissions. Exceptions are made only for those who applied for and were granted an official Leave of Absence.

Nondegree-seeking Students

Contact Lander University’s Office of Admissions: 1-888-4-LANDER (toll free) 864-388-8307 (locally) E-mail:


Applicants who wish to attend Lander for one semester or on a limited basis and who do NOT intend to pursue a degree at Lander should submit an application for admission. No application fee is required for students applying for special/nondegree admission. The Office of Admissions reserves the right to identify the proper category for admission and to determine what credentials may be required.

What if I have a question about the application? Although an interview is not required, making an appointment with an admissions counselor to discuss the application process before you apply is a great way to get all the answers to your questions about Lander and the application. Admissions counselors are available to discuss admissions procedures, to share Lander’s opportunities with you and to take you on a tour of the campus.

OPEN HOUSE – Your Opportunity to See Lander The Admissions Office hosts fall and spring open house events, providing you with an opportunity to tour the campus and residence halls. You can speak with professors from each academic division and with representatives from housing, financial aid, academic support, athletics, student life, student organizations, admissions and other support areas. The Office of Admissions can provide you with more information.

CAMPUS VISITS Weekday campus visits are tailored to meet your needs. A standard visit includes a tour of the campus and an opportunity to meet with an admissions counselor. During a visit, students are also able to attend a class, meet with representatives across campus and eat lunch in the dining hall upon request. Register online for your visit at

Financing Your Future Financial Aid Options That Work for You Lander University provides students with a comprehensive array of funds from federal, state and institutional sources. Funds are distributed based on criteria defined by the donors. Types of aid include grants, scholarships, work and loans. Loans must be applied for each year and repaid according to the terms of each loan. Some grants and scholarships are renewed automatically if you meet the criteria, which usually means completing a certain number of credit hours with a certain GPA each year. Federal and state funds require students to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). An undergraduate student cannot be eligible for federal or state aid after attempting more than 187 credit hours. A student who cannot mathematically finish their program within the maximum timeframe is not eligible for aid. Transfer students must have all transcripts evaluated before financial aid eligibility can be calculated or risk having to repay any funds obtained prior to the official determination of eligibility.

exclusively on high school grades, rank in class and/or ACT/SAT scores. Take the ACT and/or SAT prior to your senior year. You may want to take the tests more than once. During the fall of your senior year, apply for admission and submit your transcript and test scores to Lander. Institutional scholarships are awarded based on high school credentials and a completed application for admission. Make sure your admission application is complete by December of your senior year. You and one parent/guardian must obtain a PIN (Personal Iden­ tification Number) from the U.S. Department of Education at You can apply for PINs at any time but make sure you apply no later than January of your senior year. With your PIN, you can apply for financial aid using the Free Appli­­ cation for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at You must reapply every year, no earlier than January 1 but before March 1, to meet the priority deadline.

How does the financial aid process work?

Where can I learn more?

Maximizing your potential for financial aid begins with your per­ formance in high school. Several grants and scholarships rely

For financial aid information and additional resources, visit, or contact us at 864-388-8340 or

Financial Aid Calendar Sophomore/junior year of high school

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Take ACT and/or SAT Research scholarship sources and deadlines

Senior year of high school (Sep/Oct/Nov)

n Apply for admission (financial aid applications cannot be processed without degree program acceptance)

Senior year of high school (Dec/Jan)


Senior year of high school (Jan/Feb)

Complete FAFSA at Both student and parent must sign FAFSA using PINs from above (priority deadline is March 1)

Spring/summer of senior year of high school

n Check Bearcat Web account weekly; respond quickly to requests for information n Order/purchase computer n Complete entrance counseling and Master Promissory Notes (MPNs)


Apply for a PIN at

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Kierra Brown Political Science, Graduate ’14 As a political science major at Lander University, I was able to take advantage of extraordinary academic opportunities that have shaped my future. As a participant in the Washington Semester Program, I interned at the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. I was able to work alongside those who are fighting to correct the racial and socioeconomic disparities children and youth face in the school disci­ pline and juvenile justice systems. My internship helped me find my passion to become a lawyer, and now I am taking my education to the next level with a full scholar­ ship to law school at Penn State. I know that my experiences at Lander – and the wisdom gained from my political science profes­ sors there – have prepared me well for this endeavor.

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For More Information

This is Lander. This is Opportunity!

Your state university in Greenwood, SC

Office of Admissions, Lander University, 320 Stanley Ave., Greenwood, SC 29649 1-888-4-LANDER or 864-388-8307, e-mail:

General Information 864-388-8000; 1-888-4-LANDER

Honors College 864-388-8024

Academics 864-388-8320

Housing 864-388-8266

Admissions 864-388-8307; 1-888-4-LANDER

Laptop Information 864-388-8234

Athletics 864-388-8314

Multicultural Affairs 864-388-8244

Disabled Student Services 864-388-8885

Registrar’s Office 864-388-8503

Financial Aid 864-388-8340

ROTC 864-388-8331

Graduate Studies future/graduate 864-388-8307

Student Activities studentactivities 864-388-8244

Health Services 864-388-8885

Study Abroad 864-388-8320

Lander viewbook 2014  
Lander viewbook 2014