The Converse Advantage

The Converse Advantage

The Converse Advantage

What makes Converse unique?

Converse combines room to find your voice—in an environment where opinions are valued and sought after—with strong academic programs in the arts, sciences, and education, an uncommonly low student-faculty ratio of 11:1 and unique opportunities for student-faculty collaboration and research.

We value being creative and collaborative in every pursuit—so much so that every student has the opportunity to participate in experiential learning while at Converse—things like internships, student research, leadership development, community service and study-travel.

We are committed to your success.

Converse is so confident in the value of our education that we have introduced the Converse Guarantee. With this promise, we guarantee all undergraduate, full-time students will graduate from Converse in four years. If you don’t, the rest of your classes needed to complete your degree will be free. We also guarantee you will be employed full-time or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation, or be eligible to return to Converse for a year tuition-free.

Learn more about the Converse Guarantee here.

Converse students are creative, versatile problem solvers and communicators who have a clear understanding of the value they bring to the world. From a month-long trip to Qatar to booking bands for a local festival, see how our students are making the most of their time here at Converse!

Converse faculty are committed to providing transformative learning experiences for our students. They are also practicing professionals, international performers and award-winning authors, artists, scholars and researchers. On top of all that, they still find time for things like securing grants to stage a theatre performance about food insecurity and social isolation in our community, establishing funding for a Noyce Scholars Program and lecturing on biomedical ethics in Iceland.

  • 98% of full-time Converse faculty hold the terminal degree in their fields
  • 86% of courses are taught by full-time faculty
  • Converse has earned three South Carolina Professor of the Year awards since 2007 by the Carnegie Foundation and the Council for the Advancement of Support Education (CASE)

Our students succeed – in school and afterward.

Our undergraduates are more likely than their peers to participate in faculty-mentored research, to earn SCICU research grants, and to present their research at conferences. They leverage these experiences to get into top grad schools.

Over the last decade, we’ve had:

  • 5 Fulbright Assistantships
  • 2 Goldwater Scholarship finalists
  • 2 University Innovation Fellows
  • A John Jay Institute Fellow
  • An Abreu (Sistema) Fellow
  • A Goldman Sachs Rising Leader
  • An Elie Weisel Ethics Prize finalist
  • Presidential Management Fellows
  • A White House Champion for Change

Our graduates get accepted at places like:

  • Yale University
  • Texas A&M
  • Harvard University
  • The Julliard School
  • James Madison University
  • Columbia University
  • Princeton University
  • Boston University
  • University of Georgia
  • University of Texas Health Science Center
  • New York School of Interior Design
  • Georgetown University

Outcomes from the 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 Converse Graduates:

Lily Strickland – Pulitzer prize-winning composer
Kimilee Bryant – Broadway star; earned lead role of “Christine” in Phantom of the Opera
Ellen Bryant Voigt – MacArthur Foundation Fellow and “Genius Grant” recipient, Poet Laureate of Vermont
Pat Hickerson – Major General U.S. Army; retired as highest ranking female officer
Scott Laughlin – Co-founder and associate director of Disquiet International Literary Program in Portugal

Richard Troxell – Opera star of Scorsese’s Madam Butterfly film; sung on TV for Jay Leno and Jimmy Fallon
Carol Connor – First female circuit court judge in South Carolina
Casey Addis – U.S. Foreign Service Officer
Ron Gardner, Scott Turner and Russell Booker – Superintendents of Spartanburg County School Districts 1, 5 and 7
Harriet O’Neil – Texas Supreme Court Justice
Cheryl Woody – Deputy crew commander for Titan IV Rocket launches

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