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Student Achievement

Converse College’s 2015 Strategic Vision Plan (SVP) was launched in the 2015-2016 fiscal year as a means to comprehensively measure student achievement and success in fulfilling the College’s mission.  Plans for each area have been developed and implemented to help improve student achievement and reach achievement targets.  Below, a table shows the metrics and results for each area.

Student Achievement AreaF2012F2013F2014F2015F2016
1st-yr to 2nd-yr cohort retention 75% 74% 71% 66% 71%
Soph. to Jr. persistence 85% 83% 82% 79% 85%
Jr. to Sr. persistence 91% 89% 89% 88% 95%
4-year graduation rate 53% 56% 54% 52% 49%
6-year graduation rate 54% 64% 60% 56% 55%
Freshman Cohort Average Years to Degree 4.12 4.08 4.05 4.03 4.02
Graduating students with job offers or graduate / professional school admission 53% 63% 60% 57% 60%
Experiential Learning Participation Rate (at graduation)* 71% 71%
Senior Leadership Participation Rate (NSSE)** 62% 60%
Loan Default Rate (Federal report each February with 3-year lag)*** 6.2% (2012) 6% (2013) 2.3% (2014)****


* This is a new measure beginning 2015-16.
** NSSE is administered every other year.
*** This is a new measure beginning 2015-16.
****This is the draft rate. The official rate will be available in September 2017

Recent grads reported graduate school attendance at the following institutions:

  • The Citadel
  • Clemson University
  • Converse College
  • East Carolina University
  • East Tennessee State College of Pharmacy
  • Emory University
  • Florida State University
  • George Washington University
  • Georgetown University
  • Harvard University
  • The Julliard School
  • King’s College of London
  • Lesley University
  • Medical University Of South Carolina
  • University of Michigan
  • Northwestern University
  • Penn State
  • Princeton University
  • Royal Veterinary College of London
  • Villanova University
  • Yale University