Converse at a Glance

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 Engagement
  • Converse is the top-ranked private Regional University in SC, a Top Regional College for Undergraduate Teaching, and a Top Ten Best Value by U.S. News & World Report
  • Named by Forbes as one of America’s Top Colleges
  • 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)

Converse College Campus

Character:

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

Students

Students:

  • 1,450 total enrollment (877 undergraduate and 573 graduate)
  • 30 states and 12 countries represented
  • Approximately 30% minority undergraduate enrollment
Faculty

Student/Faculty Ratio:

13:1 ensures personal attention and mentoring

Faculty with student

 Faculty:

  • 95% of full-time faculty hold the terminal degree in their fields
  • 82% of courses are taught by full-time faculty
  • 3 faculty members were named South Carolina Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation
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 graduate and faculty

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
  • Five online graduate degrees and one low-residency graduate degree
Experiential Learning at Converse College

Experiential Learning:

  • Converse students 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
  • 1/2 of our students participate in service projects. Our athletes rank 4th in the nation among DII teams for their community service
  • 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.
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Athletics:

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

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

Undergraduate Admission:

  • October 1: Submit FAFSA
  • May 1: Deposit deadline
tuition fees

Undergraduate Tuition & Fees:

2019-2020 tuition and fees:

  • $18,890 Tuition
  • $11,260 Room and Board
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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 2018:

  • 67% participated in service opportunities on and off-campus
  • 51% held an internship during their time at Converse
  • 28% participated in study travel, visiting Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Greece, Spain, Morocco, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Cuba and the Netherlands
  • 21% are student athletes
  • 13% are Converse II students, age 24 and older
  • 20% completed independent research or independent creative experiences at Converse
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