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Mission Statement

The mission of the Limestone University Honors College is to provide academically gifted students with a rigorous interdisciplinary curriculum and an engaging learning community that equips them with the knowledge, creativity, and adaptability to thrive and lead.

Why Join The Honors College At Limestone?

The skills that we help develop in the Honors College are skills that employers and graduate schools are looking for. In other words, being in the Honors College is going to help you tremendously after you graduate from Limestone. As a graduate of our Honors College will give you a leg up when applying to graduate school or entering the job market.

Limestone’s Honors College is not necessarily “harder” -- but it is different. For example, in a regular Public Speaking class, you might give four speeches to your fellow students. However, in our advanced Public Speaking class, you might be asked to give a speech in a different forum, perhaps in an online setting, or possibly to a local civic club.

Honors College Learning Objectives

After graduating from Limestone’s Honors College, our students will be able to:

  • Defend and critique ideas in both oral and written form  
  • Recognize and demonstrate the value of service-learning 
  • Identify complex problems and evaluate solutions 
  • Analyze and interpret advanced primary and secondary texts 
  • Develop a research design and execute research independently or with faculty 
  • Implement leadership principles in everyday life. 

Curriculum: What can an Honors College student expect? 

  • Taking courses, particularly in the freshman year, with many of the same students – forming a learning community
  • Many courses double as general education requirements as well
  • Some Honors course requirements also satisfy major requirements
  • Emphasis on different kinds of learning rather than more work (service learning, independent research or research with faculty, more class discussion)
  • Small classes where Honors College professors get to know you personally
  • Classes taught by highly-qualified faculty, including two Fulbright Scholars 

Perks: What can an Honors College student expect?

  • 500-dollar renewable stipend per year
  • Priority housing selection for upperclassmen (provided they live with another Honors student)
  • Priority registration 
  • NEW: A Freshman who chooses to live in Honors housing in Ball Residence Hall will receive SINGLE rooms WITHOUT having to pay a single supplement – meaning the regular double room rate will apply (Note: this does not apply to freshmen choosing to live in non-Honors housing). We are looking to get upgrades to the common areas of the pods (K-Cup machine, big-screen TVs). The rationale for this upgrade is we want to enhance the learning community beyond the classroom. 
  • NEW: The Honors College is planning on TWO new Honors-only spaces next year – an academic space on campus (including computers and printers among other upgrades) and a social space in a house close to campus (looking into upgrades such as a washer and dryer, big screen TV, and more)
  • NEW: Funded research-presentation opportunities (if eligible) at the SRHC or the NCHC, with chances to meet Honors College students from around the country 
  • NEW: Institutional membership in two of the most noted Honors College organizations: the Southern Regional Honors Council and the National Collegiate Honors Council 
  • And more!

Social and Networking Events: What can an Honors College student expect? 

  • August kick-off event with the yearly “swag” distribution 
  • Major Donor Dinner at the Spartanburg Marriott (fancy hors d’oeuvres and food!)
  • Networking with alumni opportunities (Homecoming, Alumni Weekend)
  • Honors College/Alpha Chi Dinner 
  • Xmas Dinner (cookie decorating contest, gift card raffles, etc.)
  • Laser Tag/Bowling at the Big E
  • And more! 

Misc. Info

  • 57 current active Honors students at Limestone – looking to grow to 100-125 students in a few years
  • Honors students come from all around the United States, as well as internationally (currently Zimbabwe, Germany, Canada). 
  • Starting next year, Honors students will contribute in the governance of the college (particularly when it comes to event planning/use of the Honors spaces/etc.). 
  • Near future (hopefully for the next crop of freshmen before they graduate) – we are hopeful to have some kind of summer program in Europe (Oxford?) where Honors students study and tour

Honors College Conditions

After being accepted, retention into the Honors College is dependent upon maintaining a “B” or higher cumulative grade point average (3.0 to 4.0 scale) in all coursework. Students who successfully complete the program’s requirements will receive special recognition at their graduation ceremony.

History Of The Honors College

Limestone’s Honors College was established in the fall of 1983 as a way to create a challenging academic environment for gifted and special ability students on The University’s Day Campus. The inaugural Honors College included 16 students, and the number of participants has grown steadily over the years.

How To Apply

We are now looking for creative and bright minds who will take the College to the next level.

Honors College Admissions Requirements

Honors students are enrolled into our program, but they are not confined to any particular academic major.

Rigorous. Demanding. Rewarding. Limestone’s Honors College is looking for the next wave of exceptional students who want to make the most of their liberal arts education.

Are you ready for the challenge? If so, we are excited to hear from you! Please complete the application below.

Honors College Application


If you have any questions, please contact Limestone University Honors College Director Dr. Jonathan Sarnoff:

Contact Us

Dr. Jonathan Sarnoff

Professor of History
Honors Program Director
(864) 488-4501