Athletics

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

Athletics: Athletics are a big part of campus. Most of the people who come here are either for athletics or the arts. It all just depends. Depending on the sport it justifies how many fans or spirit they get, but mostly across the board it all pretty school spirited. The facilities are nice, some are better than others, but we are just installing a new athletic building so that is exciting.

2 College Sophomore

Athletics: Fan Support – A lot of students don't typically go to the sporting events or games on campus. We need more student involvement in this aspect.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Been to 2 games at my school. One of them was soccer and the other was a volleyball games. Our volleyball team won, but I think our soccer team lost. I do know that our swim team was undefeated this year (2010-2011).

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Sports Are Incredible, but Slightly Over-Looked. The athletics at Converse aren't as well recognized and appreciated as they should be. We do have an amazing gymnasium, with plenty of space for each sport to exercise their strengths and train without running into one another. However, during a basketball game there are often many empty seats and no huge cheering section as there should be. Students at Converse are more academically driven that athletically driven in the majority.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 788th
    Most Active Varsity Sports
  • 1321st
    Best Intramural Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Gwendolyn Smith
Hometown
Greenville, SC
Major
English
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Athletics are not a big part of student life at Converse. Traditionally, Converse has always been focused on academics, and this focus continues to the present day. Neither varsity nor intramural sports have any sort of prominence on campus. Students will put up banners and attend games (mostly for convocation credit), but Converse’s school spirit is fairly low when it comes to athletics, with most students donning a “take it or leave it” attitude.

However, Converse is trying to increase the prominence of the school’s athletic program. Overall, the athletic facilities are of very good quality, and athletes and nonathletes alike are highly satisfied with these facilities. Recently, the school established more scholarships for athletes, but incoming students shouldn’t count on an automatic full ride because they are an athlete, nor should they count on any special favors for being an athlete, either. Between classes and athletics, athletes do more work than many other students on campus, but they often don’t get the credit they deserve for that work. Overall, Converse is conscientiously trying to make athletics a bigger part of campus life through scholarships and top-rate facilities; however, athletics are not a major part of the Converse community yet.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Conferences
Football: N/A
Basketball: Conference Carolinas
School Colors
Purple and gold
School Nickname
Valkyries
Club Sports
  • Active Student Association
  • Fencing
Intramurals
  • Basketball
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Kickball
  • Pool
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Sally Abney Rose Physical Activity Complex
  • Weisiger Center
Most Popular Sports
Basketball, swimming
Most Overlooked Teams
Cross country, equestrian
School Spirit
There is little school spirit when it comes to Converse's athletics. Students who aren't in athletics are blasé about athletics at Converse; they rarely attend games without being lured by food or convocation credit. Athletics could disappear entirely from the campus without being missed by most students.
Getting Tickets
It's easy to get tickets to events. Students are able to get in free with their ID, and everyone else will pay either $5 or $7 at the gate.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Many students go walking or running in Converse Heights, a residential neighborhood across the street from Converse.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 18 responses

  • 6% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 44% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 50% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 17 responses

  • 24% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 53% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 12% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 12% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 16 responses

  • 0% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 50% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 50% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 0% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
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