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Converse College
Established 1889
Type Women's College
Endowment $51.5 million[1]
President Elizabeth A. Fleming
Students 1,938
Undergraduates 773
Postgraduates 1,165
Location Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA
34°57′16.59″N 81°55′01.51″W / 34.9546083°N 81.9170861°W / 34.9546083; -81.9170861
Sports Basketball, Soccer, Cross Country, Tennis, Volleyball, Swimming, Lacrosse, Equestrian
Colors Purple and Gold
Mascot Valkyries
Affiliations Conference Carolinas
Women come from throughout the United States and the world to study at the liberal arts women’s college in South Carolina.
Converse’s Petrie School of Music is the world’s first women’s college to be named an All-Steinway School, an honor reserved for a select group of colleges and conservatories that primarily use Steinway & Sons concert and practice pianos.

Converse College is a liberal arts women's college in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Its 750 undergraduates come from throughout the United States. As of 2008, Paul Dwyer is the only male to have graduated from Converse.

Converse College was established by a group of Spartanburg Citizens and named after Dexter Edgar Converse, a native of Vermont who had settled in Spartanburg, S.C. before the Civil War and had become a successful pioneer in the cotton mill industry.


Presidents of Converse College

1890-1902 Benjamin F. Wilson
1902-1932 Robert Paine Pell
1933-1955 Edward Moseley Gwathmey
1956-1960 Oliver Cromwell Carmichael, Jr.
1961-1989 Robert T. Coleman, Jr.
1989-1993 Ellen Wood Hall
1994-1998 Sandra C. Thomas
1999-2005 Nancy Oliver Gray
2006- Elizabeth A. Fleming


  • Art and Design
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Economics, Accounting, and Business
  • Education
  • English/Creative and Professional Writing
  • Foreign Languages and Literature
  • Health and Physical Education
  • History and Politics
  • Mathematics, Computer Science, and Physics
  • Psychology
  • Religion and Philosophy
  • Theatre and Dance
  • Music


  1. ^ As of June 30, 2009. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2009 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2008 to FY 2009" (PDF). 2009 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Retrieved February 22, 2010. 

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