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Converse College

Converse College is a private liberal arts college for women in Spartanburg, South Carolina. It was established in 1889 by a group of Spartanburg citizens who were interested in higher education opportunities for women. Converse was a pioneer in women's education, and today is considered one of the leading women's colleges in the South. The US News & World Reports "Best Colleges 2011" guide recently named Converse College the #1 Best Value of regional universities in the South.

With an undergraduate enrollment at just over 750 students and a graduate enrollment of 1,100, Converse offers small class sizes and ample opportunity for students to interact directly with faculty. The college offers degree programs in more than 30 majors, including education, business, pre-law, pre-health professions, and an engineer co-op program in partnership with Clemson University. Converse College has an outstanding music program. The Petrie School of Music offers programs in performance, teaching, composition, and music therapy. Converse has a coed graduate program that confers degrees in education, music, fine arts, liberal arts, and marriage and family counseling.

The college presents approximately 200 musical events each year, ranging from student and faculty recitals to lectures and ensemble performances. The Carlos Moseley Chamber Music Series offers events throughout the year that are popular with Spartanburg residents and visitors. The Converse Opera Theatre stages a full opera each year. Almost all of the music, arts, and theatre events are open to the public. Many of the events are performed in the historic Twitchell Auditorium. The facility seats 1,500 and has outstanding acoustics. It also houses a pipe organ with 2,600 pipes.

The Milliken Art Gallery on the campus hosts several exhibits each year. There are showings by students and faculty of the college as well as special traveling exhibits. A current show honors the 40 year teaching career of Converse art professor Mayo Mac Boggs. It includes a number of abstract paintings, sculptures, and architectural designs.

Students at Converse College have the opportunity to participate in seven varsity sports: basketball, volleyball, soccer, tennis, swimming, Lacrosse, and cross country. Converse is one of only two women's colleges to compete in NCAA Division II. An equestrian program will be added in the Fall Semester of 2010.

The Converse campus is located a few blocks east of Spartanburg's historic downtown district. In addition to Converse College, Spartanburg is the home of five other universities and colleges. There are several historical museums and battlefields to visit in the area, as well as interesting shops and galleries downtown. Spartanburg's location in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains ensures that outdoor enthusiasts will have plenty of activities from which to choose.