Converse at a Glance

Top 10 Schools In South

Accolades:

  •  Top 5% of master’s universities in the nation for research, service and social mobility by Washington Monthly
  • Top 10% of colleges in the nation for enriching educational experiences by the National Survey of Student Engagment
  • Top 10 “Best Value” colleges in the South by U.S. News & World Report
  • Among the top private colleges in the nation for “excelling in access and success” by the U.S. Department of Education
Founded in Spartanburg, South Carolina in 1889

Founded:

In Spartanburg, South Carolina in 1889 (among the first 15 women’s colleges founded in the United States)

Character

Character:

Private, liberal arts university with a residential women’s undergraduate college, co-ed graduate, distance learning and adult education programs

Students

Students:

  • 1,389 total enrollment (822 undergraduate and 567 graduate)
  • 30 states and 8 countries represented
  • Approximately 20% minority undergraduate enrollment
Faculty

Student/Faculty Ratio:

12:1 ensures personal attention and mentoring

Faculty

 Faculty:

  • 96% of full-time faculty hold the terminal degree in their fields
  • 82% of courses are taught by full-time faculty
Students

Academic Profile:

  • Over 93% of entering students have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Over 50% rank in the top quarter of their graduating class
  • Middle 50% SAT range: 970-1160; middle 50% ACT range: 21-26
  • 60% graduation rate with 94% of graduates completing their degree in four years
Converse College Research

Academics:

  • More than 30 undergraduate majors merge the liberal arts and career-focused majors
  • Options for double and self-designed majors – more than 1/2 our students double major
  • Graduate programs include MA, MLA, MMFT, MM, MAT, MFA, MEd, and EdS degrees
  • Three online graduate degrees and two low-residency graduate degrees
Experiential Learning at Converse College

Experiential Learning:

  • Every Converse student will have the opportunity to participate in research, independent creative projects, service learning projects, internships or study travel
  • 1/2 of Converse students are involved in research or independent creative projects. Our student researchers receive more SCICU funding than any other school in the state
  • 3/4 are involved in service projects. The Daniels Center for Leadership & Service links leadership opportunities with service-learning on and off campus
  • 1/3 participate in study-travel to connect with global learning in Africa, Australia, Europe, Asia, North America and South America. Many receive study-travel scholarships.
Athletics

Athletics:

Only women’s college in the nation competing at the NCAA Division II level in

  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
  • IHSA Equestrian
  • Acrobatics and Tumbling
Undergrad

Undergraduate Admission:

  • October 1: Submit FAFSA
  • November 1: Converse application deadline
  • June 1: applications for transfer students due
Tuition Reset

Undergraduate Tuition & Fees:

Converse recently “reset” tuition by nearly 50%. Fall 2016 tuition and fees:

  • $17,000 Tuition
  • $10,300 Room and Board
  • $27,650 Tuition, Room, Board and SGA Fee (includes cable, phone and voicemail, internet service in residence hall, parking, laundry, clubs, special events, yearbooks, and class ring)

Learn more about the tuition reset

Billing

Undergraduate Scholarships & Financial Aid:

More than 90% of students receive some form of financial aid or scholarships. Get your bottom-line cost

Spartanburg

Easily Accessible:

By car via I-85 or I-26 and by air, served by Greenville-Spartanburg and Charlotte-Douglas international airports. Get driving directions and hotel discounts

Students

Class of 2016:

  • 60% had job offer or graduate school acceptance in-hand the day they graduated
  • 62% served as an officer in a campus organization
  • 48% completed independent research or independent creative experiences at Converse
  • 43% held an internship while at Converse
  • 54% participated in community service
  • 37% are the first in their family to graduate from college
Graduate

Notable Graduates:

  • Pulitzer Prize winner
  • State Supreme Court Justice
  • Broadway performers
  • One of the nation’s top heart researchers
  • Deputy crew commander for Titan IV Rocket launches at Cape Canaveral
  • The first female circuit court judge in South Carolina