Honors College

The Honors Program was established at Limestone in 1983 to create a challenging academic environment for gifted and special ability Day Campus students. In 2021, the Honors Program transitioned to an Honors College.

The minimum requirements for admission into the Limestone University Honors College include:

  • Score of 1100 on the SAT or 22 on the ACT.
  • If a prospective first year Honors student has a 3.5 GPA but has NOT taken a standardized test due to COVID-19, then that student’s transcript must demonstrate high achievement in multiple dual-enrollment/International Baccalaureate, and/or Advanced Placement classes to be eligible to apply to the Honors College (a prospective applicant’s transcripts will be evaluated by the Honors College dean and Honors Committee).
  • High School Grade Point Average of 3.5 (unweighted on a 4.0 scale)

A transfer student (with less than 36 hours) 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 College.

Transfer students (with less than 36 hours) in good standing within their previous institution’s Honors Program/College are also eligible to apply for admission into Limestone’s College.

Finally, all prospective Honors students must fill out the application, complete the assigned essay, have a Zoom interview with the Honors Dean or an Honors Committee member, and have a reference fill out a letter of recommendation that addresses the student’s fit to the Limestone University Honors College.

Retention in the Honors College is dependent upon maintaining a "B" or higher cumulative average (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) in all coursework. All students successfully completing the Honors Program will receive special recognition at graduation.

Curriculum (28 credit hours total):

  • HN220 Honors Colloquium - 1 credit hour starting the first year a student matriculates, and repeated the second and third year for additional credit. 
  • HN160: Academic Honors Seminar (3 credit hours)
  • EN103: Honors Writing Seminar (3 credit hours)
  • EN110: Advanced Public Speaking (3 credit hours)
  • EN221: Seminar in Literary Studies (3 credit hours)
  • HN295: Special Topics in Honors (3-6 credit hours) will be taught as an interdisciplinary course. Students themselves will help suggest topics which the students themselves will help create. Students will have three opportunities to take the course.
  • Honors Course(s) in Major (3-6 credit hours*) - Depending on the major, students will be required to either complete an honors course in their major or an additional 3 credit hours of HN299. · IHN425: Honors College Capstone (3 credit hours)
  • Complete five (ten) hours of volunteer hours during the sophomore (and) junior years and (five during the senior year, which must be completed by the end of the Fall Semester Senior year).

*Note: Music Education majors will have a slightly modified Honors College curriculum, and the last three credit hours in the Honors Program will be determined by the dean of the Honors College. 

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