Converse College

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580 E. Main Street

Spartanburg, SC 29302

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Phone: (864) 596-9000
2013-2014 Tuition
$29,124
tuition and fees
Students
690
enrolled
100%
female
Admissions
Aug. 1
application deadline
51.3%
accepted

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U.S. News Rankings

Ranking score and category
U.S. News rank Category Name
#20 Overall Score: 67 out of 100. Regional Universities (South)

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Summary

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).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):


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, South Carolina college has offered a liberal arts education within a residential environment - purposefully keeping class sizes small and ensuring that every student has a faculty advisor. Today, innovative programs for graduate and advanced study complement the undergraduate program.

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.

Mission Statement
Converse educates students to see clearly, decide wisely and act justly, developing engaged, adaptable citizens committed to progress, by offering a distinctive undergraduate education for women and innovative programs for graduate and advanced study.

Vision Statement
Converse will be nationally recognized as an excellent master's university, acclaimed as a center for creative thinking and learning and a community that produces engaged citizens who effect positive change. Converse will lead in the cultivation and development of creativity across all disciplines in and out of the classroom.

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.

Students develop their unique voices through our challenging liberal arts curriculum, century-old honor tradition, and Daniels Center for Leadership and Service. Our close-knit residential community cultivates a spirit of sisterhood and enterprise among women diverse in backgrounds and interests. Across the board, from art and design to science, business, music and education, professors actively mentor and challenge students through spirited discussions inside and outside of the classroom. The Nisbet Honors Program, Petrie School of Music, independent and collaborative research opportunities, leading national debate teams, study abroad and internship programs, and a 9:1 student/faculty ratio differentiate the Converse learning community.


Converse competes in NCAA Division II athletics ,the highest level of any women's college, is the only women's college on the All-Steinway School roster, and is consistently top-ranked by U.S. News & World Report.

General Information

School type private, women's college
Year founded 1889
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar 4-1-4
Setting city
2012 Endowment $76,896,319

Applying

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.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 51.3%
Application deadline August 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by July 1

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Academic Life

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.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 11:1
4-year graduation rate 48%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Visual and Performing Arts 26%
Education 18%
Psychology 11%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 10%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 5%

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Student Life

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.

Total enrollment 1,221
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
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

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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

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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.

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Tuition and fees $29,124 (2013-14)
Room and board $9,120 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data


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