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If you don’t tour the campus before arriving, you’ll in for a surprise - because the college’s campus is small. So is the student body. The student population is only around 2,200. Limestone College proudly offers incoming students the chance to earn an associate degree, bachelor’s, or even a master’s degree.

Overview of Limestone College

Even though the campus is small, there are dorms for you to stay in. No worries about having to find off-campus housing unless you want to. There’s also a dining hall and most everything else you would expect a college to have. Limestone also has a lot to offer academically. The student-to-faculty ratio is 13 to 1, which is a comfortable number of students in a class and means that you should have easy access to professors if you have any issues you need to address with them.

The small town of Gaffney, where the school is located may have a few activities or restaurants you’ll enjoy, such as visiting the museums. Or you can go relax and enjoy the sun at McCluney Park. If you don’t find something here, you might want to visit the nearby town of Spartanburg.

General Information

School Type Private not-for-profit
Campus Setting Town: Fringe
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 13:1
Graduation Rate 33%
Year Founded 1845

Student Enrollment

Total Students2,206


Undergraduate Student

Male 952
Female 1,164

Graduate Student

Male 40
Female 50

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Male 1,241
Female 1,328


Male 683
Female 624

Acceptance Rate51%

Male 55%
Female 47%

Enrollment 341

Male 208
Female 133
Application Fee $25
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Recommended
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses N/A
Recommendations N/A
SAT/ACT Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline August 22
Common Application Accepted No

Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

If you plan to live on-campus, your total expenses for two semesters will be higher than they would for an off-campus student or one who lives with their family. Your total cost will average around $41,000. This includes tuition, room and board, books, supplies, and other miscellaneous expenses. Luckily, many families are eligible for financial aid. After financial aid has been applied, your remaining cost is called the average net price. As the amount of aid you will be eligible for depends on how much your family earns in a year, that will somewhat affect your final average net price. For a recent academic year, this amount was $23,023. When broken down slightly more, by income, families who earn between $30,001 and $48,000 pay around $19,905 and families earning between $75,000 and $110,000 pay around $24,362.

A full 99% of freshmen students at Limestone College received an average of $17,747 aid in a recent year. Similarly, 95% received an average of $12,711 in institutional grants and scholarships.

Average net price 2018-2019
Net Price $23,023
Average Total Aid $17,747
Students Receiving Financial Aid 99%
Room & Board $9,900

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $26,300
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $26,300
  • Books and Supplies - $2,304
  • Room & Board - $9,900
  • Other - $4,232


One way of gauging how a university is doing is to look at its retention rate. If you attend the college and continue attending after your first year, you’ll be included in this statistic. The retention rate measures the percentage of first-time students who return to the same campus for their sophomore year. At Limestone College, this rate is 67%, showing that there is a good chance you will appreciate your classes, teachers, and time spent here.

Unfortunately, the 4-year graduation rate is only 12%. That’s a very low statistic and may be caused by part-time attendance or a significant amount of transfers. There are a lower number of majors available here than there are at large, state schools, so it’s possible that students realize they want to go another direction and leave after gaining their general education. Additionally, since the school offers associate degrees, anyone who earns one of these would not be counted in the 4- or 6-year graduation rates. The 6-year graduation rate is 24%.

The five most popular programs at the school are business, management, marketing, and related support services; public administration and social service professions; computer and information sciences and support services; parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies; and psychology.

Student Population Total

Student Population 2,206

Evening Classes : Yes
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

All Business Majors 156 Total Graduates / 33%
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other 126 Graduates
Human Resources Development 16 Graduates
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 12 Graduates
Business/Managerial Economics 2 Graduates
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 93 Total Graduates / 20%
Social Work 93 Graduates
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 37 Total Graduates / 8%
Computer/Information Technology Services Administration and Management, Other 19 Graduates
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance 11 Graduates
Computer Programming/Programmer, General 7 Graduates
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 34 Total Graduates / 7%
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management 20 Graduates
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other 14 Graduates
All Psychology Majors 30 Total Graduates / 6%
Psychology, General 30 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 25%

Outcome & Salary

Graduates of Limestone College start out with early-career salaries of $36,700 on average and their mid-career salaries average higher at $56,400. This may not seem huge, but, after paying for college for 4 years, your return on investment (ROI) is solid. Your 10-year projected ROI is $445,558 and your 20-year projected ROI is $1,009,558 after your 4-year cost of school has been deducted.

If you’re thinking about maybe graduating high school and not going to college, you’ll be looking at a very different scenario. The national average salary for students who do not go on to higher education is $38,792. Their 10-year projected income is $387,920 and their 20-year projected income is $775,840.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $36,700
College Grads Average Salary $53,765
College Grads Mid Career Salary $56,400
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $537,650
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,101,650
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $92,092
10 Year Projected ROI $445,558
20 Year Projected ROI $1,009,558
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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