Limestone College is a 4 year liberal arts college located in Gaffney, South Carolina. The Christian, non-denominational college was established in 1845 as the first women’s college in South Carolina. In the late 1960s Limestone became coeducational. Nine of the campus buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In addition to the Gaffney campus, Limestone College offers evening classes at seven other campus locations and on the Internet. The other campus locations are in Charleston, Columbia, Florence, Greer, Kingstree, Lowcountry (Yemassee), and Aiken/North Augusta.
Total enrollment at Limestone College is approximately 3,500 students. There are 700 traditional day students and 2,800 students enrolled on extended campuses and the Internet. There are 24 majors offered at Limestone College. Several different degrees are conferred: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Social Work, Associate of Arts, and Associate of Science. The student to faculty ratio is 18:1. Resident dorms are available on the Gaffney campus. There are two men’s dorms and two women’s dorms, most in the suite style.
Athletics are an important part of college life at Limestone. Because of the small student body, many students play more than one sport. “Saints” athletics teams compete at the NCAA Division II level. There are 22 teams of men’s and women’s sports, including basketball, soccer, lacrosse, golf, and tennis. Limestone had the first collegiate lacrosse team in South Carolina, and currently has the only collegiate field hockey team in the state. There is also an intramural athletics program. Athletic facilities at the college include an indoor pool, 8 tennis courts, baseball/softball fields, and a soccer/lacrosse field.
Limestone College has excellent art, music, and drama departments. They provide concerts, theater productions, and art exhibits for the student body and the community throughout the year.
Gaffney, home to Limestone College, is a small town in the Upstate of South Carolina. It is perhaps best known for the two nearby Revolutionary War landmarks: Cowpens National Battlefield and King’s Mountain National Military Park. Another well known landmark is the Peachoid, the “Million Gallon Peach” water tower located off Interstate 85. Located in a big peach producing region, Gaffney is the home of the South Carolina Peach Festival, held this year the weekend of July 15-17. Historic downtown Gaffney offers restaurants, antique shops, and fine arts stores. Other major shopping in Gaffney is available at the Prime Outlets off I-85. The “Yellow Mall” has over 70 stores.