Converse College continues to earn accolades as it has been ranked #127 in the nation (out of 551 schools) for the Master’s Universities category by Washington Monthly. Converse is in the top 25% of colleges nationwide and the 3rd highest in South Carolina for its category.
The Washington, DC based publication evaluates institutions based on their contributions to the public good in three broad categories:
• Social mobility: recruiting and graduating low-income students
• Research: producing cutting edge scholarship and PhDs
• Service: encouraging students to give something back to their country
“Washington Monthly’s ranking criteria mirror Converse’s strengths,” said Converse President Betsy Fleming. “We have taken bold steps to advance all three areas, including the introduction of a new scholarship program this fall called The Converse Commitment, the development of a robust student research program that has been awarded more funding than any other institution from South Carolina Independent Colleges & Universities for the past three years, and a commitment to student service that resulted in more than 8,500 service hours last academic year alone.”
More than half of the students in Converse’s Class of 2010 participated in research or independent creative projects during their four years at Converse, and 27% were first generation college students. Additionally, 75% of all Converse students participate in community service.
“This breadth of hands-on experiences was certainly a key factor in enabling 70% of the Class of 2010 to secure a job or a graduate school acceptance by the day they graduated,” said Fleming.
Converse College was recently ranked the #1 “Best Value” in the “Great Schools at Great Prices” list and #15 overall for Regional Universities in the South by U.S.News & World Report. Forbes also recently released their list of America’s Best Colleges, listing Converse 4th highest in South Carolina out of 13 schools included on the list.