Location
Spartanburg, SC
Undergrads
605
Tuition
$28,276
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 364 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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4 College Freshman

Majors: I am very happy with the music program here at Converse. I love the professors and I respect each one. I would definitely do it over again. I know that when the time comes each one will do whatever they can to help me get a job where they know I would be happy.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I enjoy the music program. There professors have your best interest at heart and are willing to give you the attention and assistance you need. The workload is intense, but its worth it. They just want to make sure you are 100% prepared for what is in your future.

3 College Freshman

Parking: The price of parking isn't bad. It's easy to get ticketed so follow the parking rules. There aren't usually many spaces close to my dorm. I think there's a total of about maybe 30 spaces in that lot.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The options are few, and rather pricey. Most everyone just lives on campus.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics are a big part of life at Converse. They are taken very seriously and a majority of students here participate. The athletic facilities are definitely where a majority of the money and time go.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: As a fairly sheltered child I think that the rules here on campus are very reasonable. If you want to break the rules go off campus and do it and nobody here will bother you. If you want to stay here on campus than you must follow our rules. Simple as that.

2 College Freshman

Campus Dining: As an average student the dining plan might not be too bad. However, I have a gluten and dairy allergy and the options are very limited. Especially if you want something tasteful. Also, we have flex dollars to spend at our on campus deli, but they don't have any gluten-free options either. Unless you want a salad.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Every student has their own identity. No two students are alike. Everyone has their own dress style, interests, and looks. No one is judged for who they hang out with or who they are in a relationship with.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: You have to go off campus to really partake in the nightlife.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I love living on campus. Each hall has a personality of its own. The hall I live on is very close and we value each and every person. I love the social aspect of it. We consider our CAs our parents and trust them to take care of us whenever a need or problem arises. The amenities are pretty good, all dorms are located relatively close to each building on campus, and the housing process is pretty much a random selection.

3 College Freshman

Weather: The weather here in South Carolina is about 50/50. Sometimes rainy for days or weeks, then sunny for weeks. There is no guarantee what each day is going to hold. We try to be prepared for whatever may come.

3 College Freshman

Computers: There are many computer labs here on campus. However, there are often printing difficulties and network problems. Campus technology tries to fix problems as they arise and teachers try to be understanding when an issue has arisen. I don't think there is a great need for a personal printer, but a personal computer is mandatory. Especially for different programs you might need for classes.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: I have a car on campus, so I can't say much about the public transportation options. However, for the most part you can either walk where you need to go, or find a friend who will take you. Nothing mandatory is far away and when we have off-campus events busses are hired to take us to where we need to go.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I'd say the drug scene is pretty rare. There are few students who partake of these things (drugs and alcohol) but it's only there if you want it. You have to look for it. I haven't felt any peer pressure to do drugs or drink, and I haven't even been in a situation where I've had the option. You must show your ID at any bar we have at any event, and there are consequences for the possession of drugs and alcohol if underage.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The music program is an intense one. However, this doesn't discourage me, it makes me grateful that I have teachers who are willing to push me to my limit. The workload is on the heavier side, but nothing an average student can't handle. The curriculum is nice, we are able to use books for more than one semester at a time. Facilities are kept clean and nice. There are many opportunities for experience.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are many options for off campus dining for normal breakfast, lunch, and dinner times. Not a lot of restaurants are open late. Cookout being the only one that stays open past about 10:30. Decent price ranges, convenient and plenty of variety.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: The financial aid process for first year students was not too much of a hassle. Just be prepared to keep calling and getting answers until you get the answer that best qualifies with your situation.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: We don't participate in Greek Life.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Everything is just as I expected. Great professors.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It's great living on campus. Everything is within walking distance. Everyone here is like a family and look out for each other.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Don't know too much about it.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: I don't drive so I have to depend on friends and/or roommate for transportation needs off of campus.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Not really into the party scene.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Don't have any problems with drugs and/or alcohol at my college campus.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The local atmosphere is wonderful. A lot of things to do downtown for college students and mostly are within walking distance of my school.

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Gwendolyn Smith
Hometown
Greenville, SC
Major
English
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Converse College is a women's college, but that's not what sets it apart from other schools: it's the students' love for the College that makes it stand out. The school has a lot going for it. Students repeatedly point out that Converse’s academics are top-notch, especially its well-known music school. The students also feel that professors are dedicated to their academic advancement inside and outside of class. In addition to its academics, Converse offers an excellent campus community; women generally like and trust one another and feel safe on campus. The community also has many different traditions that make students feel closer to one another, more like sisters than classmates.

However, Converse has its disadvantages, the main one being the limited social life on and off campus. There are few good parties or other events on campus, and to make it worse, most students go home on the weekends. The town of Spartanburg is fine for shopping and food, but it seriously lacks in good places to hang out. The major bar in Spartanburg is Wild Wings, which means that you’re pretty limited if you want to get out and party. Yet, depending on what you’re looking for, Converse can be a great school for you. If you’re looking for an active and vibrant social life and some great parties, you might want to consider another school in another town. If you want to develop academically and professionally as well as find lifelong friends, then you should absolutely consider coming to Converse. Its traditions and academics are both spectacular.

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