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Converse College is a private institution that was founded in 1889. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 690, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 70 acres. It utilizes a 4-1-4-based academic calendar. Converse College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (South), 20. Its tuition and fees are $29,124 (2013-14).
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Converse believes that the Founder's Ideal is a call to arms to develop engaged leaders who think critically and creatively and affect positive change in the world. Since the college's founding, graduates have used their Converse experience as launching pads for successful careers and active citizenship. Among Converse alumnae are a Pulitzer Prize winner, a renowned heart researcher, a Texas Supreme Court Justice, a prominent civil rights attorney, Broadway performers, the deputy crew commander for Titan IV Rocket launches at Cape Canaveral, and the first female circuit court judge in South Carolina.
Converse College is committed to developing adaptable leaders who are equipped with the creativity, character, knowledge and perspective to transform the world around them.
Founded upon the conviction that "the well-being of any country depends much upon the culture of her women" and compelled by the vision to "enable students to see clearly, decide wisely and act justly," Converse has been a pioneer in women's education for more than a century. Throughout her history, the Spartanburg, S.C. college has offered a liberal arts education within a residential environment. Today, innovative programs for graduate and advanced study complement the undergraduate program.
|School type||private, women's college|
When applying to Converse College, it's important to note the application deadline is August 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due July 1. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 51.3 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2012 acceptance rate||51.3%|
|Application deadline||August 1|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||July 1|
The student-faculty ratio at Converse College is 11:1, and the school has 81 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Converse College include: Visual and Performing Arts; Education; Psychology; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; and Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 69.3 percent.
|4-year graduation rate||48%|
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Converse College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 690, with a gender distribution of 0 percent male students and 100 percent female students. Converse College is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.
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|Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity||N/A|
|Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority||N/A|
|Collegiate athletic association||NCAA II|
Campus Info & Services
Converse College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Converse College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Converse College, 90 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Converse College.
|Students who have cars on campus||90%|
|Health insurance offered||Yes|
Paying for School
At Converse College, 90.1 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $19,470.
Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.
|Tuition and fees||$29,124 (2013-14)|
|Room and board||$9,120 (2013-14)|
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* Overview details based on 2012 data