The mission of the Limestone College Honors Program is to provide academically strong students with distinctive educational opportunities and challenges. Based on a series of courses drawn from all academic disciplines, Honors Program participants are encouraged to attain the highest levels of academic achievement, to develop leadership skills, to think independently, and to creatively solve problems in the ever changing world around them.
History of the Honors Program
Limestone’s Honors Program was established in the Fall 1983 semester in order to create a challenging academic environment for gifted and special ability students in the College’s Day Program. Beginning with a charter class of 16 students, the number of participants in the program grew slowly in the 1980s, and then more quickly in the 1990s in tandem with the rising enrollment in Limestone College’s Day Program. Beginning about 2010, the numbers of Honors students began rising sharply, and reached exactly100 students at the opening of the Fall 2012 semester. The Honors Program accepts approximately 30 new students into the program per year.
Honors students are enrolled in a program, not a particular academic major; participants may major in any academic discipline they wish. Admission to the programis by invitation of the Honors Committee, a group of four of Limestone’s senior faculty.
Criteria for Acceptance
Criteria used for selection include SAT and ACT scores, rank in class, the nature of courses taken in high school, and grade-point average One and two-year transfer students from other institutions of higher learning may apply for membership in the Honors Program if their transcripts indicate superior achievement and the ability to do high-quality academic work, and if they would be able to take enough Honors-designated courses to graduate from the program during their time at Limestone.
If you are interested take the next step and fill out an honors program application:
Retention in the Honors Program is dependent upon maintaining a “B” or higher cumulative 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.
All Honors Program course offerings are identified in the Academic Catalog with the letter “H” as a suffix, attached either to regular course numbers as listed under various academic areas in the catalog, or (if seminars) as “499-H”. To become a graduate of the Honors Program, a student must complete a minimum of 24 semester hours of Honors-designated coursework.