Lander University: Narrative Description

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320 Stanley Ave.
Greenwood, SC 29649-2099
Tel: (864)388-8000; 888-452-6337
Admissions: (864)388-8307
Fax: (864)388-8125
E-mail: [email protected]
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State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of South Carolina Commission on Higher Education. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1872. Setting: 100-acre small town campus. Research spending 2003-04: $11,187. Educational spending 2003-04: $4586 per student. Total enrollment: 2,918. Faculty: 183 (117 full-time, 66 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 18:1. 1,750 applied, 85% were admitted. 8% from top 10% of their high school class, 30% from top quarter, 68% from top half. Full-time: 2,371 students, 66% women, 34% men. Part-time: 362 students, 71% women, 29% men. Students come from 28 states and territories, 17 other countries, 3% from out-of-state, 0.1% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 22% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 13% 25 or older, 33% live on campus, 8% transferred in. Retention: 64% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; social sciences and history. Core. Calendar: semesters plus 3 summer sessions. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at University Center of Greenville. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, 1 recommendation, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 8/1. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $35. State resident tuition: $5856 full-time, $244 per semester hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $12,024 full-time, $501 per semester hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $160 full-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to degree level. Part-time tuition varies according to degree level. College room and board: $5176. College room only: $3168. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 49 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 11% of eligible men and 12% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Students Promoting Intelligent Choices and Experiences (S.P.I.C.E.), Lander Association of Biological Science. Major annual events: Miss Lander Pageant, Homecoming, graduation. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 1,032 college housing spaces available; 971 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. Options: coed, women-only housing available. Jackson Library with 175,366 books, 149,680 microform titles, 763 serials, 2,913 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $798,827. 125 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Greenwood, an industrial city noted for its production of textiles, is located in west-central South Carolina. The climate is temperate and mild. Five rail lines, commercial air service, buses, and major highways serve the community. Public service facilities include one hospital and various health centers, an area mental health center, churches of all denominations, a library, and a YMCA. There are several motels, shopping, and various civic and fraternal organizations within the immediate area. Recreation includes several swimming pools, two recreation centers, 3 golf courses, baseball, football, tennis, basketball, and nearby Greenwood State Park, which provides water sports and picnic areas. Part-time employment is available.

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