Limestone College

Limestone College is a private, non-denominational Christian liberal arts college in Gaffney, South Carolina.

Limestone College
Established1845 (1845)
PresidentDr. Darrell Parker
Location, ,
ColorsBlue and Gold[1]
MascotSaint Bernard (dog)

It 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.

In addition to its Day Campus, the College provides online degree programs and Evening Classroom sites in Aiken, Charleston, Columbia, Gaffney, Greenville, and Florence.

In July of 2020, Limestone will move to university status and will formally be known as Limestone University.

Student body

Limestone enrolls approximately 2,101 students, including those on its Day Campus in Gaffney and those enrolled through the Online & Evening Program.


Over 80% of the faculty at Limestone hold the terminal degree in their field,[2] and the student/faculty ratio is 14:1. Limestone offers students 57 majors in four different divisions of study: Arts and Letters, Natural Sciences, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Professional Studies. Additionally, in addition to free, reasonable accommodations through the Accessibility Office, Limestone College offers a comprehensive support program, LEAP (Learning Enrichment & Achievement Program), for Day Campus students with learning and attention challenges.

Construction is expected to begin in January of 2020 for a new 58,000 square foot student center and library that will serve as the academic and social hub of the campus.

Limestone offers an online MBA degree, as well as a MBA concentration in Healthcare Administration. A Master's program in Social Work is expected to begin in 2020.

In December of 2019, Limestone announced an articulation agreement with the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM), which is a doctoral-level osteopathic medical college with a nearby campus in Spartanburg. Limestone’s partnership with VCOM provides its Pre-Medical students an opportunity to receive a Guaranteed Admissions Interview, as well as take part in an Early Admission Program.


Limestone plays sports in Conference Carolinas, and will be moving to the South Atlantic Conference (SAC) in the fall of 2020. Limestone offers competitive opportunities at the NCAA Division II level for men in football, soccer, basketball, baseball, wrestling, lacrosse, golf, cross country, tennis, track and field, and volleyball and for women in golf, volleyball, basketball, softball, tennis, soccer, cross country, lacrosse, track and field, acrobatics/tumbling, wrestling, and field hockey. Limestone has an indoor Olympic-size pool for intramural and recreational use, along with a Physical Education facility containing classrooms, offices, locker rooms, Athletic Training Education facilities for the school's fully accredited Athletic Training program, a fitness center, and a wrestling practice facility.

Clubs and organizations

Clubs and organizations at Limestone College include academics, religious, leadership, musical, theatre, and special interest affiliations. Students also contribute to a yearbook and a literary magazine of poems, essays, short stories, and art.

The college has a Reserve Officers' Training Corps program for students interested in serving in the military or reserves.

Notable alumni


  1. "Brand Guidelines". Retrieved May 14, 2018.
  2. "Facts and Statistics". Limestone College. Retrieved July 31, 2010.
  3. "Lois Collier To Spend Wednesday In City, College". The Gaffney Ledger. April 24, 1956. p. 5. Retrieved August 19, 2015 via

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