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Limestone College: Narrative Description


1115 College Dr.
Gaffney, SC 29340-3799
Tel: (864)489-7151
Free: 800-795-7151
Admissions: (864)488-4549
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Independent, 4-year, coed. Awards associate and bachelor's degrees. Founded 1845. Setting: 115-acre suburban campus with easy access to Charlotte. Endowment: $7.8 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $3701 per student. Total enrollment: 625. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 11:1. 821 applied, 23% were admitted. 3% from top 10% of their high school class, 24% from top quarter, 56% from top half. 1 class president, 7 student government officers. Full-time: 612 students, 45% women, 55% men. Part-time: 13 students, 46% women, 54% men. Students come from 29 states and territories, 9 other countries, 37% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 19% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.5% international, 9% 25 or older, 49% live on campus, 10% transferred in. Retention: 63% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: education; business/marketing; liberal arts/general studies. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Recommended: 2 recommendations, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $19,840 includes full-time tuition ($14,040) and college room and board ($5800). Full-time tuition varies according to course load and program. Part-time tuition: $585 per credit hour. Part-time tuition varies according to program.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group. Social organizations: 16 open to all; local sororities; 10% of women are members. Most popular organizations: Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Student Government Association, Gospel Choir, KDK, Student Ambassadors. Major annual events: Christmas On Campus, Mid-Term Madness, Earth Day. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 345 college housing spaces available; 304 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. On-campus residence required through junior year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. A. J. Eastwood Library with 104,582 books, 2,630 microform titles, 289 serials, 2,707 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $221,973. 81 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Once predominately a cotton-textile manufacturing city, Gaffney has many diversified industries today including the manufacture of frozen foods, roller bearings, clothes, gloves, rugs, clay and concrete products. The surrounding agricultural area is a major producer of peaches, and also grain and livestock. The city is located 2 miles from Interstate I-85. Approximately 45 miles north is the Charlotte International Airport, and 40 miles south is the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport. The community has several churches representing many denominations, and many civic and service organizations.

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