Educational Opportunities in Gaffney

Limestone College Administration building


Bold initiatives are what define Limestone College.  It was the first women’s college in South Carolina—and one of the first in the United States—upon its founding in 1845. Male students, who could not afford the cost of travel to distant colleges, were admitted in 1903. When working adults discovered the need to return to the classroom to hone new skills, Limestone launched its Block Program with after hour class schedules. At the dawn of the computer age, Limestone was at the cutting edge with its virtual campus. 

Today, students from throughout the world enjoy classic Southern hospitality on this beautiful campus, which includes 10 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. With a 13-1 student teacher ration, every student receives personal attention from teachers who care about them.  Limestone offers Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of Social Work degrees in 21 and 46 undergraduate concentrations. Limestone also offers a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA). 

But you don’t have to be on the main campus to earn your Limestone degree. Limestone Extended Campus has sites all over the state, and online courses are offered in abundance throughout the year.                

For the past 167 years, Limestone has made a tremendous impact on Cherokee County and continues to do so through unique educational opportunities and capital campaigns.  There are over 100 scholarships available toCherokeeCountystudents and students from Cherokee county also receive over $300,000 in academic, athletic, and fine arts scholarships.  In addition, the College is an integral part of theCherokeeCountyeconomy.  There are 700 day students, 150 evening students and 230 employees.  Limestone has an annual budget of $25 million and a payroll of $9 million.

Limestone College prides a full calendar of events in the arts and athletics.  A member of NCAA Division II, the Saints field 22 intercollegiate teams.  The men’s lacrosse team is a two-time national champion and the women’s team has been a national semi-finalist two of the last three years. Most of the teams are members of the Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference, an elite league in Division II competition.

 The theatre and music departments sponsor entertaining and enlightening performances with world-class musicians and well-known productions.  Most of the events take place in Fullerton Auditorium, one of the finest performance facilities in the Southeast.  Limestone’s art department sponsors student shows throughout the year at the Eastwood Library andGranberryArtCenteras well as workshops with award-winning artists.

Spartanburg Community College - Cherokee Campus

Spartanburg Community College, Cherokee County Campus

SCC is proud to serveCherokeeCounty! We opened our Cherokee County Campus doors in April 2007. This 62-acre campus is conveniently located near Interstate 85 and downtown Gaffney, providing the citizens of Cherokee and surrounding counties the opportunity to pursue education and training close to home.

The Cherokee County Campus offers a full array of general education courses including mathematics, English, social sciences, humanities, fine arts and natural sciences. The Transitional Studies Department also allows students to take prerequisite courses in biology, chemistry, and algebra that may be necessary for acceptance into SCC's curriculum programs. Students can also fully complete the Mechatronics Certificate I, the Radiation Protection Technology Degree, and the Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degree programs on the campus depending upon the student’s concentration.

Programs are targeted at the jobs skills needed for success both today and in the future that will be in theCherokeeCountyarea. Most jobs will require at least a two year technical degree. The campus also offers contract training for corporations and other businesses in the area, as well as open enrollment continuing education courses. The campus also proudly houses the Cherokee County Development Board, so that SCC can work together with the economic development leaders in the community to establish growth and success for the future of the area. Feel free to contact SCC-CCC at 864.206.2700 if you have any questions.