3/26/2020 UPDATE: In light of the many current high school closures due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Limestone recognizes high school seniors applying for the 2020-2021 Academic Year may have difficulty connecting with their teachers. For this reason, the College is temporarily waving its two letters of recommendation policy when applying to the Honors Program. Applicants are responsible for completing the application and personal essay.


Limestone College Honors Program Looking For Best, Brightest Students

Limestone’s revamped Honors Program will give the College’s best students a chance to take their higher education experience to the next level.

Under the direction of new Director Dr. Jonathan Sarnoff and the leadership committee, Limestone’s Honors Program is offering talented and motivated students the opportunity to reach greater heights through their experiences at the College.




The revamped program now provides students enhanced educational opportunities designed to challenge and enrich student learning. The mission of the Honors Program 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.

Limestone’s Honors Program members will enter into a community of students, faculty and administrators committed to the shared ideals of academic excellence, leadership, intellectual curiosity, and mutual respect. They will be able to defend and critique ideas, 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, and implement leadership principles in everyday life.

“One of the major aspects of the Honors Program is that we are service-oriented,” explained Sarnoff, who is a Professor of History. “Service learning is intricately entwined with the community. We want to show that Limestone College – and its Honors Program – is out there in the community and making a difference.

“Our President, Dr. Darrell Parker, is a big supporter of the Honors Program and he is committed to attracting the best and the brightest to Limestone, knowing they can take advantage of being in a small, liberal arts college atmosphere,” Sarnoff added.

Criteria used for selection in Limestone’s Honors Program includes SAT and ACT scores, rank in class, the nature of courses taken in high school, and grade-point average.

“The Honors Program gives students an opportunity to engage in high-impact practices,” noted Professor of Physical Education Dr. Felicia Cavallini, who is a member of the program’s committee. “They can take part in things such as community service, research with faculty, research presentations, internships, and more. It’s important that our Honors students have the chance to take part in real projects that involve solutions to real problems.”

Academically motivated students are invited to learn about the Honors Program, which offers academic rigor beyond the standard college experience. For more information about eligibility and requirements, visit the new Honors Program webpage at

“We are trying to get students ready to enter the workforce, be professional, and be better prepared for graduate school from day one,” noted committee member Megan Anderson, who is a Professor of English at Limestone. “Our Honors Program students are going to be ahead of the game when it comes to those things.”

The Honors Program promotes diverse, interdisciplinary learning and fosters a community of life-long learners to motivate, support and serve each other, the campus and the community. It is also a gateway to exciting career opportunities.

“We have a history at Limestone in terms of sending our Honors Program students on to medical school, dental school, and other professional programs in the Health Sciences,” said Professor of Biology Dr. Suzanne Lindley, who is one of the Program’s committee members. “It’s highly competitive to get into such programs, and our Honors Program gives them many advantages toward acceptance.”

Limestone’s Honors Program was established in the fall of 1983 by former Professor of History Dr. Tom Thomson in order to create a challenging academic environment for Day Campus gifted and special ability students.

In 2018, Limestone officials announced the creation of the “Dr. Tom” Honors Program Scholarship that was been established to recognize Thomson, who is now a Professor of History Emeritus at the College. Those interested in contributing to the “Dr. Tom” Scholarship are encouraged to visit

Mission Statement

The mission of the Limestone College Honors Program is to provide academically gifted students on the Day Campus 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 Program At Limestone?

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

Limestone’s Honors Program 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 Program Learning Objectives

After graduating from Limestone’s Honors Program, 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. 

Honors Program Conditions

After being accepted, retention into the Honors Program 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.

To become a graduate of the Honors Program, a student must complete a minimum of 24 semester hours of Honors-designated coursework.

All Honors Program course offerings are identified in Limestone’s Academic Catalog with the letter “H” as a suffix.

History Of The Honors Program

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

How To Apply

We are now looking for the creative and bright minds who will take the program to the next level. The Honors Program expects to accept up to 30 new students each academic year.

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

Rigorous. Demanding. Rewarding. Limestone’s Honors Program 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 Program Application


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