Converse at a Glance

Character:

Private, liberal arts university with a residential undergraduate college as well as graduate and doctoral programs

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)

Students

Students:

  • 1,329 total enrollment (842 undergraduate and 487 graduate)
  • 29 states and 9 countries represented
Faculty

Student/Faculty Ratio:

12:1 ensures personal attention and mentoring

Faculty with student

 Faculty:

  • 98% 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 45% 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
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Academics:

  • More than 30 undergraduate majors merge the liberal arts and career-focused majors
  • Options for double and self-designed majors – more than half of our students double major
  • Graduate programs include: MIM, MLA, MMFT, MM, MAT, MFA, MEd, EdD and EdS degrees
  • Five online graduate degrees (EdS, MEd, MIM) and one low-residency MFA graduate degree
  • Five programs are offered at our alternate location at the University Center of Greenville (UCG), including the EdD
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.
  • 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:

We are the only NCAA Division II athletic program in the Upstate, actively competing in Conference Carolinas.

Women’s Teams:

  • Acrobatics & Tumbling
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Field Hockey
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball

Men’s Teams:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball

Co-ed Teams:

  • Equestrian (IHSA)*
  • E-sports*

Our athletes rank 12th in the nation among Division II teams for their community service.

*Not a Division II sport

Undergrad

Undergraduate Admission:

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

Undergraduate Tuition & Fees:

2021-2022 tuition and fees:

  • $19,500 Tuition
  • $11,948 Room and Board

See why we froze tuition for the 2021-22 academic year!

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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 2019:

  • 57% had jobs or grad school acceptances upon graduation
  • 35% report being the first in their immediate family to earn a bachelors degree
  • 44% 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
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