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The History

The Limestone College campus is a unique landscape of history and progress. The college was established in 1845 as the first women's college in South Carolina and one of the first in the United States.  Founders Dr. Thomas Curtis and son William Curtis, distinguished scholars from England, sought to provide educational opportunities to those who had not otherwise had them. In the late 1960s, Limestone became fully coeducational.

Ten buildings on the Limestone College campus are included on the National Register of Historic Places. Although these historic buildings offer a picture of Limestone's past, they also house the modern technology necessary to make Limestone a liberal arts college with a view of the future.

Today, Limestone College enrolls more than 1,000 traditional day students and approximately 2,500 Online & Evening students at eight sites in South Carolina and on the Internet.   Limestone's total enrollment is more than 3,500, making it the largest private, regionally accredited institution in South Carolina.

Limestone College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate, baccalaureate, and masters degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033 - 4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Limestone College. Normal inquiries about the institution, such as admission requirements, financial aid, and educational programs should be addressed directly to Limestone College.

William Curtis, who with his father Thomas Curtis founded LC, was one of the signers of the SC Ordinance of Secession on the eve of the Civil War.  That document is on display in the SC state museum in Columbia.