Converse at a Glance


  • 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


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

Converse College Campus


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



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

Student/Faculty Ratio:

12:1 ensures personal attention and mentoring

Faculty with student


  • 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

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
Converse graduate and faculty


  • 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
  • Four programs are offered at our alternate location at the University Center of Greenville (UCG)
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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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


Undergraduate Admission:

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

Undergraduate Tuition & Fees:

2020-2021 tuition and fees:

  • $19,500 Tuition
  • $11,600 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


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


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

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