Converse Considers Big Changes

Name change and allowing male undergrads

Evan Smith
May 15, 2019 - 2:59 pm
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As a means of expanding enrollment, Converse College is considering adding co-ed undergraduate programs and changing its name to Converse University.

One of the oldest women’s colleges in the United States, the Spartanburg school was founded in 1889.

It already offers co-ed graduate and doctoral programs, although undergrad remains only for women at this time.

Multiple town hall meetings were held on campus on Tuesday to discuss the plan. The consensus seems to be mostly acceptance from Converse students and from alumni, with many voicing that they were disappointed but not surprised, given the financial issues of running a gender exclusive college.

Today the vast majority of female high school graduates, a full 98 percent, said they would not consider attending an all-women’s college.

A committee will now collect feedback and do projections as to the impact of a change in the school’s name and enrollment policy, and will present its finding to the Board of Trustees before the end of the year.

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