Converse College

Spartanburg, SC

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Converse, founded in 1889, is a private, liberal arts college for women. Its 70-acre campus is located in downtown Spartanburg, near the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Website: www.converse.edu/

Private
870
Undergraduate
Students
(100.0%) 870 Women
reported Not Men
449
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate
60% of 1,359 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Decision Offered
No
Regular Admission Deadline
Rolling

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
3.97
SAT Math
440-550 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
460-590 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
20-26 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
$34,540
Tuition and Fees
$18,030
Room and Board
$10,610
Average Percent of Need Met
64%
Average Freshman Award
$15,526
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$29,814
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
4-1-4
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
81
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 45% of classes
10-19 students: 38% of classes
20-29 students: 14% of classes
30-39 students: 2% of classes
40-49 students: 0% of classes
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Campus Life

Spartanburg Population
37,401
Nearest Metropolitan Area
 
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
73% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division II
Mascot
All-Stars
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.0% American Indian/Alaskan Native
0.6% Asian
8.8% Black/African-American
4.5% Hispanic/Latino
4.4% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
68.2% White
13.5% Unknown
International Students
1.6%
First-Year Students Returning
70.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
50.6%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Moderately Difficult: More than 75% of freshmen were in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT I or over 18 on the ACT; about 85% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English   4
Mathematics   3
Science   3
Foreign Language   2
Social Studies   2
History   2
Academic Electives   8

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Required July 1
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT    
SAT Subject Tests Only  
SAT Essay Component Policy Not Reported
ACT Writing Test Policy Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy SAT: Not used
ACT: Not used

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
580 East Main Street
City, State, Zip
Spartanburg, SC 29302
Phone
(864) 596-9040
Fax
(864) 596-9158
E-mail
admissions@converse.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
Rolling
Application Fee
No fee required
Application Fee Waiver
Not reported
Regular Admission Notification
Rolling, notification begins September 1
Accept Offer of Admission
By May 1 or within 2 weeks if notified after May 1
Waiting List Used
No
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
 
Early Decision Notification
 
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
 
Early Action Notification
 

Application Form

Common Application
Accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Recommended for all freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
 
Other
 
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
60% of 1,359 applicants were admitted
Women
60% of 1,359 applicants were admitted
Men
Not reported
Students Enrolled
310 (38%) of 821 admitted students enrolled
Women
310 (38%) of 821 admitted students enrolled
Men
Not reported
Early Decision Admission Rate
 
Early Action Admission Rate
 
Students Offered Wait List
 
Students Accepting Wait List Position
 
Students Admitted From Wait List
 

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
3.97
3.75 and Above
66%
3.50 - 3.74
15%
3.25 - 3.49
9%
3.00 - 3.24
5%
2.50 - 2.99
5%
2.00 - 2.49
 

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
440-550 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
3%
Score of 600 - 700
8%
Score of 500 - 600
43%
Score of 400 - 500
37%
Score of 300 - 400
9%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT EBRW
460-590 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
1%
Score of 600 - 700
22%
Score of 500 - 600
43%
Score of 400 - 500
31%
Score of 300 - 400
3%
Score of 200 - 300
1%

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
20-26 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
4%
Score of 24 - 29
39%
Score of 18 - 23
52%
Score of 12 - 17
5%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 18%
Top quarter: 50%
Top half: 88%
National Merit Scholar
Not reported
Valedictorian
Not reported
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
$34,540
Tuition and Fees
$18,030
Room and Board
$10,610
Books and Supplies
$1,350
Other Expenses
$4,550
Payment Plans
Installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
Priority deadline January 1
Award Notification
On a rolling basis beginning March 15
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 003431
Free

Profile of 2017 - 18 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
231 (95.5%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
199 (86.1%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
198 (99.5%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
34 (17.2%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
64%
Average Award
$15,526
Need-Based Gift
Received by 153 (77.3%) of aid recipients, average amount $12,688
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 153 (77.3%) of aid recipients, average amount $3,773
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 25 (12.6%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
32 (13.2%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $6,225

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
772 (95.3%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
655 (84.8%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
643 (98.2%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
114 (17.7%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
62%
Average Award
$14,724
Need-Based Gift
Received by 499 (77.6%) of aid recipients, average amount $11,504
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 499 (77.6%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,503
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 74 (11.5%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
131 (16.2%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $5,532

Borrowing

2016 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
77%
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$29,814
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
14.0%
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans, Federal Perkins loans
State Loans
Available
Other Loans
 

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
Academic scholarships, Creative arts/performance scholarships, Special characteristics (minority, religious affiliation, other scholarships)

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
947
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Applied Art and Design, Music, Theater/Drama
Number of Awards
200
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Children and Siblings of Alumni, Children of Faculty/Staff
Number of Awards
6
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
$1,339
Academic Calendar System
4-1-4
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • Accounting
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art Teacher Education
  • Art Therapy/Therapist
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business/Managerial Economics
  • Chemistry, General
  • Creative Writing
  • Design and Applied Arts, Other
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Economics, General
  • Education, General
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals with Hearing Impairments Including Deafness
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Finance, General
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • German Language and Literature
  • History, General
  • Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
  • Interior Design
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • Keyboard Instruments
  • Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Mathematics, General
  • Medical Staff Services Technology/Technician
  • Music History, Literature, and Theory
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Music Therapy/Therapist
  • Music, General
  • Musical Theatre
  • Musicology and Ethnomusicology
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Psychology, General
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Special Education and Teaching, General
  • Stringed Instruments
  • Voice and Opera
Most Popular Disciplines
Psychology, Visual and performing arts, Business/marketing, Education
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
None
Special Programs
Cooperative work study program, Student-designed major, Double major, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
Some online degree programs

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Computer
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
81
Part-Time Faculty
3
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
93%
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 45% of classes
10-19 students: 38% of classes
20-29 students: 14% of classes
30-39 students: 2% of classes
40-49 students: 0% of classes
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
2-9 students: 45% of discussion sections/labs
10-19 students: 45% of discussion sections/labs
20-29 students: 9% of discussion sections/labs

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
417,950
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
140
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Not Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Not available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Fine Arts, Master of Liberal Arts, Master of Marriage and Family Therapy, Master of Music, Master of Education

Master's Programs of Study

  • Art Education
  • Education of the Gifted
  • Education--General
  • Educational Leadership and Administration
  • Elementary Education
  • English
  • English Education
  • History
  • Liberal Studies
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Mathematics Education
  • Middle School Education
  • Music
  • Music Education
  • Political Science
  • Science Education
  • Secondary Education
  • Social Sciences Education
  • Special Education

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Not reported

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Not reported

Location and Setting


Boston Population
37,401
Nearest Metropolitan Area
 
Campus Size
70 acres

Weather

Temperature
30 average low in January, 85.5 average high in September
Rain
119 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
2 mile(s) from campus in Spartanburg
Nearest Train Station
2 mile(s) from campus in Spartanburg

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Women only housing
Students in College Housing
73% of all students
Housing Requirements
Students required to live on campus through senior year
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
27%
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
Assistance in locating off-campus housing is available

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
 

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Not offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division II
Mascot
All-Stars
School Colors
Purple and gold

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Basketball x x    
Cross-Country Running x x    
Equestrian Sports x x    
Golf x x    
Lacrosse x x    
Soccer x x    
Swimming And Diving x x    
Tennis x x    
Track And Field x x    
Volleyball x x    
Women's Sports
Offered Scholarships
Basketball x x
Cross-Country Running x x
Equestrian Sports x x
Golf x x
Lacrosse x x
Soccer x x
Swimming And Diving x x
Tennis x x
Track And Field x x
Volleyball x x
Mens's Sports
Offered Scholarships
Basketball    
Cross-Country Running    
Equestrian Sports    
Golf    
Lacrosse    
Soccer    
Swimming And Diving    
Tennis    
Track And Field    
Volleyball    
Women's Club Sports
 
Men's Club Sports
 

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
archery, basketball, bowling, equestrian sports, fencing, field hockey, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, volleyball, weight lifting

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, drama theatre, student newspaper, student government, student volunteer services, student christian organization, student activities committee, athletic association
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
ROTC
Army ROTC is offered off campus

Student Body


Coeducational
Undergrad women only
All Undergraduates
870
Women
870 (100.0%)
Men
Not reported
Full-Time Undergraduates
815
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.0% American Indian/Alaskan Native
0.6% Asian
8.8% Black/African-American
4.5% Hispanic/Latino
4.4% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
68.2% White
13.5% Unknown
International Students.
1.6%
Average Age
21
All Graduate Students
449

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
70.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
50.6%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
55.4%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
55.0%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Average Starting Salary
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
Disciplines Pursued
Not reported

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