Frequently Asked Questions
What's the point of having an Honors Program?
It may sound a little corny, but one of our goals is to form a COMMUNITY of students like yourself who are academically gifted and motivated to do well. There are lots of “communities” at Limestone: I.e. people who participate on plays, teams, marching band, student government, etc. We are like a “team” as well, and in our program you’ll see them in some of your same courses, doing service learning, presenting research projects, and having fun together!
What are the minimum requirements for entrance into the Honors Program?
The minimum requirements for freshmen admission into the Limestone College Honors Program include: a score of 1100 on the SAT or 22 on the ACT; High School Grade Point average of 3.5 (unweighted on a 4.0 scale), a personal essay, and two letters of recommendation (one addressing the applicant’s academic achievements, the other attesting to the applicant’s character).
A transfer student (with 65 hours or less) with a score of at least 1,100 on the SAT or a minimum score of 22 on the ACT and who has achieved at least a 3.5 Grade Point Average at their previous institution may apply for admission into Limestone’s Honors Program.
In addition, transfer students (with 65 hours or less) in good standing within their previous institution’s Honors Program are also eligible to apply for admission into Limestone’s Honors Program.
What's the workload I can expect?
We are not of the mindset that being in the Honors Program is “harder,” but different. For example, in a regular public speaking class, you might give four speeches a class to your fellow students. However, in our advanced public speaking class, you might be required to give a speech in a different forum – perhaps in an online setting or to a local Rotary club. Some of your Honors requirements actually fulfill Limestone’s general education requirements, and some of the courses in your major will also satisfy Honors requirements.
Are there any perks for being in the Honors Program?
Yes! Honors Program students who matriculate starting in AY 2020-2021 will receive a 500 dollar scholarship, renewable annually as long as the student maintains a 3.0 GPA and continues progressing in the Honors Program curriculum (Palmetto-eligible students receive full room, tuition, board and fees and are expected to apply for the Honors Program). HP students also receive priority registration and housing selection, as well as the opportunity to room together in suites in Ball Residence Hall during the freshman year. You also get a chance to have fun! In August 2019 at our “Welcome Back” event, Honors Program students enjoyed food from the Olive Garden and entertainment from a stage hypnotist.
Is there anything else I should know about the Honors Program?
The skills that we help develop in the Honors Program (i.e. being able to identify complex problems and propose solutions) 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 Limestone – saying that you graduated as a member of our Honors Program is going to give you a “leg up” in grad school and the job market.
I have more questions. Is there someone who can answer them?
Dr. Jonathan Sarnoff has been the Honors Program director since July of 2018 and is always excited to talk with potential applicants! Please email him at jsarnoff [at] limestone.edu (subject: Limestone%20College%20Honors%20Program) with any questions.
Having Fun at the Limestone Honors Program XMAS Party, December 5, 2019.
From left: Sarah Johnson, Leia Rausch, Sara Swayngim and Abigail Boggs, with Dr. Sarnoff in back