Academics

Location
Spartanburg, SC
Undergrads
605
Tuition
$28,276
Admission Difficulty
Average
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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

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

5 College Freshman

Academics: The Interior Design program is very thorough and has lots of opportunities that other schools don't have. It's a little intensive with a lot of hours, but you form great relationships with professors and advisors who want to help you succeed and get jobs, and it is an excellent program to prepare you for jobs in the future. Converse has a great reputation, and Converse graduates are very willing to help you get a job in their field and business.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The program here at my school is great because I want to go to medical school and with the connections I make here will hopefully get me hand picked for medical school. Our workload is hard but if I do not understand something I merely text my professors with my problems and I soon understand. The facilities are so nice here, the labs are spacious and everything that we need is there. I have lab once a week and most of our lectures are in lecture halls, it is all very cozy here at Converse. The programs are challenging but it is only preparing us for what is yet to come, whether it is medical school or graduate school, most women who come out of Converse are prepared for the worst.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The professors are kind and very accommodating to athletes as long as they give notice ahead of class. At the same time, they are strict and do not put up with missing class or late assignments. A great option here is that you can take women's studies classes, which most people can not find on other campuses. Registration is simple as well. Athletes and seniors get priority and then it works down to the freshman. Prior to registration, we meet with our advisors to figure out what classes we need and what classes we should take to meet the credit hour requirement.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 349th
    Best Academic Advisers
  • 352nd
    Smartest Professors
  • 404th
    Most Caring Professors
  • 560th
    Professors Most Interested in Classes
  • 792nd
    Most Available Classes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Gwendolyn Smith
Hometown
Greenville, SC
Major
English
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Converse offers incredible academics, with an excellent and well-deserved reputation among Southeastern colleges. Students are happy with the amount of personal attention they receive from their knowledgeable professors, finding programs both challenging and enjoyable. In terms of instruction, Converse encourages its professors to focus more on teaching than on publishing, so there is little of the “publish or perish” ethic that many students will find at other colleges. Most professors take this teaching focus to heart so that they are academically supportive of students both inside and outside of the classroom. Professors also act as advisers to students within their discipline. Overall, Converse is definitely the college to attend if you want academics to be a focus.

Converse’s small size lends both advantages and disadvantages. An advantage is that class sizes are small, with rarely more than 25 students per class. In addition, class sizes are even smaller in the higher level courses required to complete majors and minors. However, Converse’s small size also affects academics negatively. As a small school, Converse doesn’t offer a large variety of classes at one time. Some classes aren't offered every semester, which can be a headache when you need certain courses. Although Converse doesn't offer a large selection of courses at any one time, this does not mean that the offerings are monotonous. January-term offerings are especially interesting, with classes on topics like Bollywood films, the politics of Harry Potter, and puppetry.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
11:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
78
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
7
Total FT Faculty
82
Faculty with Terminal Degree
96%
Average Faculty Salary
$45,301
Full-Time Retention Rate
74%
Part-Time Retention Rate
0%
Graduation Rate
54%
Programs/Majors Offered
52
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: Yes
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Career and Pre-Professional Programs
  • The School of Education and Graduate Studies
  • The School of Humanities and Sciences
  • The School of the Arts
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Educational Administration and Supervision, Other: 4%
  • Elementary Education: 4%
  • High School Education: 3%
  • Psychology: 3%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign language
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social sciences
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Double major
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Student-designed major
Online Courses
Converse College does not offer any online classes.
Best Places to Study
Dorm lobbies
Tips to Succeed
  • Be a diligent student-pay attention in your classes and don't be afraid to e-mail your professors with questions.
  • Don't overload yourself with too many activities and remember to sleep.
  • Take classes that interest you.
Did You Know?
Converse's academic year operates on a 4-1-4 system, so that it has a fall and spring semester with a January term in between. During January, students take one class for a few hours every day and receive a full three or four credits at the end of the month. A lot of students use January terms as an opportunity to travel abroad or do internships without messing up their fall or spring schedules.

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