High School Students

High School Students

Converse College Students

It’s Your Time

You’ve studied, you’ve prepared and now you’re ready to find the college experience that matches your vision for the future. Do you think you can change the world? We believe you can.

How to Apply

Completing your application is the first step to starting your journey at Converse. The sooner you apply, the greater consideration you will have for scholarships. The process is simple and there’s no application fee.

  1. Complete your online application. You can also apply through the Common Application.
  2. Send us your official high school transcripts. You can request your transcript through your high school guidance office. If you’ve taken courses at multiple high schools or through dual enrollment at a local college, we’ll need those official transcripts too.
  3. Converse is now test-optional. If you would like to send us your SAT and/or ACT scores, Converse’s SAT code is 5121 and the ACT code is 3852.
  4. If you’re interested in majoring in programs in music, musical theatre, theatre, or art and design, you’ll also need to schedule an audition. See more information below.

Important Dates

October 1st – Complete Your FAFSA
Beginning October 1st you can complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). More information about the FAFSA and financial aid is available through the Office of Financial Planning.

May 1st – National Reply Date, Enrollment Deposits Due
After you’ve been admitted, you’ll need to send your enrollment deposit before May 1st to reserve your place at Converse.

A visit to Converse is the most authentic way to experience campus life. Immerse yourself in our vibrant, diverse community and get a close-up look at our affordable, top-ranked private college. We believe this experience is such a meaningful part of getting to know Converse that we’ll reimburse you up to $200 for your trip through our travel voucher.

Take a virtual tour!

How can I visit Converse?

Excited to come to campus? Prefer to visit from home? Either way, we can’t wait to talk with you about the admissions process, learn about your college journey, show you around campus and answer all of your questions!

Attend an Event

We are excited for you to meet our faculty, engage with current students and check out life on campus. We are committed to offering you every opportunity to get to know Converse and imagine yourself as a student here. Events may look different these days, but we are sure that our vibrant campus life, the dedication of our exceptional faculty and the opportunities that Converse has for you will be evident no matter what the platform!

Travel Vouchers

We don’t want anything to stand in the way of you getting to experience Converse. Request a travel voucher before or after you schedule an individual or Open House visit and we will reimburse you up to $200 for mileage, lodging, and/or airfare.

The Travel Voucher is for traditional-aged students interested in undergraduate programs only. It may be used twice in the enrollment process: once before and once after admission to the College. Usage of the voucher is limited to admissions events and at the discretion of the Admissions Office. Travel vouchers cannot be used by prospective student athletes attending as part of an official visit. Please contact your coach or Admissions Counselor if you have questions.

Since our tuition reset in 2014, Converse provides you with a private college education at a public university price.

2021-2022 Tuition, Room and Board
Full-Time Tuition and Fees $19,500
Room and Board $11,948
Total $31,448

Tuition, room and board goes further at Converse with many benefits such as included laundry, cable TV, and micro-fridges that you’d pay extra for at other colleges. However, students are responsible for some additional fees including Student Government Association, laboratory or studio costs, private music lessons, and others. You can find a full schedule of fees in the current academic catalog.

Scholarships and Aid

Academic Scholarships
By completing your application on-time, you’re automatically considered for academic scholarships. These awards range in value based on students’ academic profiles.

Generous support from Converse alumni and donors and a strong endowment allow us to provide a wide array of scholarships and need-based grants. Converse College is pleased to offer endowed academic scholarships to incoming students that range from $1,000-$5,000 and are determined by academic credentials. Please contact the Office of Admissions for the criteria for each scholarship.

Freshman students outside the state of SC will receive an out-of-state grant in the amount of $1,000.

Converse Scholars Day
Admitted students with strong academic profiles will be invited to a Converse Scholars Day. Qualified students must be admitted to the college prior to November 1st or February 1st to receive an invitation to Converse Scholars Day. In addition to meeting top faculty and other Converse Scholars, you may receive additional academic scholarships in varying amounts, including full tuition and full comprehensive scholarships. These scholarships are awarded based on a faculty or staff interview as well as your merit, extra-curricular activities and community involvement.

Talent Scholarships for Athletics, Music, and the Arts
If you’re going to be competing as a Valkyrie for one of our NCAA II Division sports, contact your coach about potential scholarships. And, if you’re interested in studying music, musical theatre, theatre, or the arts, see information below about auditioning and additional aid.

State and Federal Awards
You may qualify for a wide range of merit and/or need-based awards from South Carolina or the Department of Education. Learn more about these awards.

Is your vision to develop your talents as an artist or performer? Converse School of the Arts (SOA) may be the answer to your quest. High school seniors are invited to compete for talent based scholarships in Art, Dance, Music, Musical Theatre and Theatre. To be admitted in to the Petrie School of Music, auditions are required.

Audition and Portfolio Dates
01/25/2020 Music
02/14/2020 Art, Music, Theatre & Dance
03/21/2020 Art, Theatre & Dance
04/17/2020 Art, Music, Theatre & Dance

Audition and Portfolio Review Process

1. Complete your application for admission to Converse.

2. Submit the audition/portfolio application for your specific area of interest:
Theatre & Dance
Musical Theatre
Art Portfolio Review

3. Submit one teacher recommendation letter prior to your audition or portfolio review date.
More details are listed on your audition application form.

4. Attend your audition or portfolio review
The dates above have been set aside for students to audition or have their portfolios reviewed. In some cases, you may be able to schedule an individual date if you are unable to attend a scheduled audition event. You may also be able to submit a recording or off-campus review.

Your personal Admissions Counselor is waiting to hear from you!


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