Limestone College is a private four-year, coeducationalliberal 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.
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).
Limestone plays sports in the 12-school Conference Carolinas, offering competitive opportunities at the NCAADivision 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.
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.