Converse College

Converse College

Converse College was established in 1889, and is a liberal arts college for women located in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Students are offered to select majors from more than 30 areas of study which include politics, theatre, biology, business, and interior design, among others. A number of Career and Pre-Professional Programs are also offered at Converse College. A few of them are Pre-Health Professions, Pre-Law, and Pre-Ministry. The College is organized into the following academic divisions:

  • The College of Arts and Sciences
  • The Petrie School of Music
  • The School of Education and Graduate Studies

Converse College participates in a wide variety of sports including basketball, swimming, tennis, and soccer. Their athletic teams are nicknamed as the Valkyries. They compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II.

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Converse College
580 E Main St
Spartanburg , SC 29302-0006
General Phone: (864) 596-9000

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Converse Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching248curriculum and instruction, educational administration, educational admin and supervision, special ed, education of hearing impaired, gifted and talended education, education of emotionally disturbed, mental retardation education, education of learning disabled, ...
Liberal Arts41foreign language and literature, German language, Germanic literature and linguistics, French language, Spanish language, English, creative writing, economics, political science, ...
Therapy and Counseling28psychology, marriage and family therapy, art therapy
Music20music, music history and theory, music performance, music theory and composition, piano, voice, music management, various music studies
Science18biology, biochemistry, chemistry
Business and Management18business management, accounting
Design8interior design
Art Studies8art studies
Fine Arts7fine arts, art history and criticism
Mathematics5mathematics, mathematics and computer science
Drama and Performing Arts1drama
Computer Science and Engineering1computer science
Religion and Philosophy0religion
Medical Support and Technology0clinical and medical lab science

Number of programs and degrees for Converse in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree17144
Post-master's certificate244
Master's degree20822

Converse Student Body

In 2007-2008, Converse had a total enrollment of 1,881 students (1,514 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Women 100%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 20%
Graduate 80%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 74%
Black 11%
Hispanic 1%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 13%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 14%
20-21 13%
22-24 8%
25-29 10%
30-34 7%
35-39 5%
40-49 6%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

South Carolina71%
North Carolina8%
State unknown1%

Converse Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 69 %
Part-Time 100 %

Converse Room and Board (2007)

Converse offers campus housing for 589 of its 1,514 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Spartanburg, South Carolina for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other South Carolina Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 21 meals per week.

Converse Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal470600
SAT Math470593
ACT Verbal2028
ACT Math1826
ACT Composite2026

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT82%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT42%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

Converse Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 24,500
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 24,500
Room and board $ 7,550
Books and supplies $ 900
Other expenses $ 2,650

Financial Aid:
Converse participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 343100)

Converse Faculty

Converse has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year8$67,5355$65,959
Associate professorcalendar year16$55,94124$51,726
Assistant professorcalendar year13$47,93215$47,550
Instructorcalendar year1*1*
All faculty totalcalendar year38$55,05045$51,552

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Converse Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference
Track Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports02828

Converse Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science

Interior Design

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Curriculum and Instruction
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education/Teaching Individuals - Hearing Impairments
Education/Teaching Individuals - Specific Learning Disabilities
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Emotional Disturbances
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Mental Retardation
Education/Teaching of the Gifted and Talented
Educational Administration and Supervision, Other
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Music Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Special Education and Teaching, General

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
Creative Writing
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
History, General
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics and Computer Science
Mathematics, General

Medical Support And Technology
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science and Allied Professions, Other

Music History, Literature, and Theory
Music Management and Merchandising
Music Performance, General
Music Theory and Composition
Music, General
Music, Other
Piano and Organ
Voice and Opera

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General

Therapy And Counseling
Art Therapy/Therapist
Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling
Psychology, General

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