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Limestone College is a private four-year, coeducational liberal arts college located in Gaffney, South Carolina. Limestone College is a Christian non-denominational college with programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Social Work, Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, and Masters in Business Administration (MBA) degrees.
Limestone was established in 1845 by Thomas Curtis and his son, William Curtis, distinguished scholars born and educated in England. Limestone was the first women's college in South Carolina, and one of the first in the nation. Ten buildings on the campus, as well as the Limestone Springs and limestone quarry itself, are on the National Register of Historic Places. In the 1960s, Limestone became fully coeducational, and today student enrollment is about 55:45 male:female. It is the third-oldest college in South Carolina.
- 1 Student body
- 2 Academics
- 3 Athletics
- 4 Clubs and organizations
- 5 Notable alumni
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Limestone enrolls approximately 1100 traditional day students. However, its total student population numbers over 3500 when including evening and distance learning students in its innovative Extended Campus program, making it the largest private accredited undergraduate institution in the state of South Carolina. The school primarily serves students from South Carolina and the Eastern seaboard, but with an increasing number of students from all over the world in its evening and Extended Campus programs.
81% of the faculty at Limestone hold the terminal degree in their field, and the student/faculty ratio is a very low 12:1. Limestone offers students 38 majors in four different divisions of study: Arts and Letters, Natural Sciences, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Professional Studies. An innovative and comprehensive Program for Alternative Learning Styles (PALS) serves a growing number of college age students with specific learning disabilities (LD) such as AD/HD, dyslexia, etc. in the day campus program.
As of 2008–2009, 56% of living alumni graduated from Extended Campus programs while the college itself has the largest undergraduate enrollment of any private accredited college in SC, at 3,273 (Fall 2009).
Colors: Blue and Gold
Affiliation: NCAA Division II
Conference Carolinas: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball
Bluegrass Mountain Conference: Swimming
ECAC: Field Hockey
Limestone plays sports in the 12-school Conference Carolinas, offering competitive opportunities at the NCAA Division II level for men in soccer, basketball, baseball, wrestling, lacrosse, golf, cross country, swimming, tennis, track and field, and volleyball and for women in golf, volleyball, basketball, softball, tennis, soccer, swimming, cross country, lacrosse, track and field, and field hockey. Limestone has an indoor Olympic-size pool for swim team and recreational use, along with a newly constructed (2005) campus Physical Education facility containing modern classrooms, offices, locker rooms, Athletic Training Education facilities for the school's fully accredited Athletic Training program, a state of the art fitness center, and a wrestling practice facility.
Until 1997, Limestone competed for championships in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Limestone gained membership in the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) Division II in 1991 and began competing for NCAA championships when it joined the Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference in 1998. Today, 17 of Limestone’s athletic teams compete in the Conference Carolinas, while both swimming teams are affiliated with the Bluegrass Mountain Conference and wrestling competes as an independent. In 2014, the field hockey team joined the inaugural ECAC Division II conference in that sport.
Limestone helped pave the way for collegiate lacrosse, swimming, and field hockey in the South. The Saints fielded South Carolina’s first collegiate lacrosse team in 1990. The swimming teams are the only NCAA Division II swimming programs in South Carolina and among the few in the two Carolinas.
Over the years, the Saints baseball, men’s and women's basketball, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s lacrosse, softball, men’s soccer, wrestling, and men’s and women’s tennis teams have all been ranked on the national level. Twelve student-athletes have gone on to play professionally in their sport, with seven of those signing professional baseball contracts. The Saints baseball program was started by two-time Cy Young Award winner Gaylord Perry, a member of the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame. Additionally, Saints athletes have earned All-American honors on over 100 occasions and over a dozen have been named Academic All-Americans.
On October 26, 2012, Limestone announced they will add football and begin play in 2014.
NAIA national championships
- Men's Golf (1984)
- Men's Golf Individual Medalist (1984)
NCAA Division II national championships
- Men’s Lacrosse (2000, 2002, 2014, 2015)
- Wrestling-184 lbs. Individual Title (Dan Scanlan) (2008)
- Men’s Swimming-200-yard Freestyle Relay (2008 & 2009)
- Men's Swimming-50-yard freestyle Individual Title (2009)
Regular-season conference championships
- Baseball (2005)
- Women’s Lacrosse (2003–2013)
- Men’s Lacrosse (1998–2013)
- Softball (2009–2011)
- Volleyball (2006)
Conference tournament titles
- Men’s lacrosse (1994, 2000–2007, 2009–13)
- Women’s lacrosse (2006, 2008–13)
- Men’s soccer (2006)
- Women's track and field (2009 and 2010)
- Men's basketball (2011, 2014)
- Women's basketball (2012, 2014)
Limestone is an established powerhouse in men's lacrosse and has won four national championship titles (2000, 2002, 2014, and 2015). The Saints have also compiled fifteen Conference Championship titles in (1994, 1999–2007, and 2009–2014). With its 2000 national title, Limestone College became the smallest coeducational institution to ever win an NCAA national championship.
The Limestone College women's lacrosse program has made appearances in nine NCAA Division II National Tournaments (2004, 2006 and 2008–2014), reaching the NCAA DII National Championship in both 2011 and 2013. They have been regular-season conference champions for ten consecutive seasons (2004–2014) and accumulated eight conference tournament championships (2006 and 2008–2014). They are the southern-most collegiate women's lacrosse program to make an appearance in a national tournament. The current Head Coach of the program is Scott Tucker.
Clubs and organizations
There are over twenty student clubs and organizations at Limestone College ranging in academics, religious, leadership, musical, theatre, and special interest affiliations. Students also contribute to The Calciid, the Limestone College yearbook, and The Candelabra, the student literary magazine of poems, essays, short stories, and art. LC also offers an ROTC program for students interested in serving in the military or reserves.
- Gaylord Perry, Hall of Fame Major League Baseball Player
- Bob Peeler, '74, former Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina
- Kevin Pucetas, '06, Professional Baseball Player, Kansas City Royals
- Jay Byars, '09, Supermodel, Reality TV Show contestant, Survivor: One World
- Joey Mayberry, '12, Professional Wrestler
- Mark Mathabane, South African Author
- Lois Collier, actress
- "Campuses". Limestone College. Retrieved July 31, 2010.
- "Facts and Statistics". Limestone College. Retrieved July 31, 2010.
- "Lois Collier To Spend Wednesday In City, College". The Gaffney Ledger. April 24, 1956. p. 5. Retrieved August 19, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.