2014 Enrollment Guide for Admitted Students
Be the First! The Class of 2018 will be the first Converse students to live in the newly renovated Pell Residence Hall. Howâ€™s that for rolling out the welcome mat?!
Congratulations on your acceptance to Converse College! As you prepare to enroll at Converse for fall 2014, this guide will serve as a great resource. Included you will find important dates, information on academics and housing, and forms that need to be completed prior to your arrival. Enrolling students must complete and return ALL forms included in the back of the Enrollment Guide and forms required attention. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact the Office of Admission at 864.596.9040 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Office of Student Life is also available to assist you as you prepare for your enrollment as a Converse student. Student Life can be reached at 864.596.9016 or email@example.com. You are also encouraged to visit converse.edu/admitted. Here you will find helpful information including a list of frequently asked questions, details about orientation and much, much more. After you pay your deposit, you will receive your Converse email address. Please begin checking this account regularly for the latest news, information, updates and requests. This is a great way to become informed and connected before you even start! Again, congratulations on your acceptance to Converse. We look forward to welcoming you to the Converse Community this fall. Best wishes,
April Lewis Director of Admission
Molly Duesterhaus Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students
enrollment guide for admitted students CONTENTS
Student Health Form
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Enrollment Checklist for Freshmen Enrollment Checklist for Transfer Students Important Events and Orientation Student Financial Services Summer Orientation and Advising Programâ€”SOAP First-Generation Student Program Move-In Day Residence Hall and Roommate Information Center for Student Development and Success Academic Checklist Converse Dining Frequently Asked Questions Deposit Confirmation Form Big Sister/Little Sister Program Undergraduate Housing Agreement Commuter Student Agreement Top 10 Tips for Commuters
Enrollment Checklist For Freshmen WITHIN 30 DAYS OF ACCEPTANCE
It is recommended that students submit their enrollment deposit ($300 for residential students and $200 for commuting students) within 30 days of acceptance. Deposit online at converse.edu/deposit. Students must also complete the Deposit Confirmation Form (page 15).
FAFSA Priority Deadline. Failing to file on time can jeopardize your financial aid award. File at fafsa.ed.gov. The Converse code is 003431.
Deadline for enrollment deposit and Deposit Confirmation Form (page 15) to secure your enrollment at Converse. Deposit online at converse.edu/deposit. Once you submit your deposit, Converse will create your email account. Email communication will then be directed to your Converse email. The deposit is not an additional fee and will be applied to your account balance.
Deadline to submit your Converse Undergraduate Housing Agreement Form (pages 19–20)
Deadline to register for payment plan at www.afford.com
Deadline to register for SOAP I — Summer Orientation and Advising Program (page 6)
• Deadline to submit Academic Advising Forms: Registration Information, Course Preferences and First Year Seminar (page 10) • Deadline for SC residents to submit FAFSA forms to be considered for SC Tuition Grant and to certify eligibility for Hope, Life and Palmetto Fellows scholarships/grants (page 5)
Final high school transcripts due to the Office of Admission. Final transcripts are needed to certify Federal and State Financial Aid.
Deadline to register for SOAP II — Summer Orientation and Advising Program (page 6)
Deadline to submit Student Health Form (pages 23–24). All new students must submit this form prior to the start of classes. This form requires proof of current immunizations and signature from physician. (Athletes are required to provide additional medical forms.)
Deadline to submit your Roommate Preference information (The roommate preference survey will be sent to your Converse email) or Commuter Student Agreement (page 21). On campus housing is required for all students who live outside a 35-mile radius.
• Deadline to submit your Big Sister/Little Sister Profile (pages 17–18) • Letters mailed for roommate notifications
• Deadline for all new students to complete alcohol survey. The link will be sent to your College email address. • Check online for your schedule and order your books • Fall tuition balance due
• Deadline to register for Trailblazers Orientation Program (TOP) (page7)
Enrollment Checklist For Transfer STUDENTS WITHIN 30 DAYS OF ACCEPTANCE
It is recommended that students submit their enrollment deposit ($300 for residential students and $200 for commuting students) within 30 days of acceptance. Deposit online at converse.edu/deposit. Students must also complete and return the Deposit Confirmation Form on page 15.
FAFSA Priority Deadline. Failing to file on time can jeopardize your financial aid award. File at fafsa.ed.gov. The Converse code is 003431.
Beginning APRIL 1
Contact Dr. Brant Bynum at firstname.lastname@example.org to register for fall classes
Deadline for SC residents to submit FAFSA forms to be considered for SC Tuition Grant (page 5)
• *Deadline for enrollment deposit and Deposit Confirmation Form (page 15) to secure your enrollment at Converse. Deposit online at converse.edu/deposit. Once you submit your deposit, Converse will create your email account. Email communication will then be directed to your Converse email. The deposit is not an additional fee and will be applied to your account balance. • Deadline to submit your Converse Undergraduate Housing Agreement Form (pages 19–20) • *Final college transcripts due to the Office of Admission. Transcripts are needed to accurately enroll you for the fall term.
Deadline to register for SOAP II — Summer Orientation and Advising Program (page 6)
*Deadline to submit Student Health Form (pages 23–24). All students must submit this form prior to the start of classes. This form requires proof of current immunizations and signature from physician. (Athletes are required to provide additional medical forms.)
*Deadline to submit your Roommate Preference information (The roommate preference survey will be sent to your Converse email) or Commuter Student Agreement (page 21). On campus housing is required for all students who live outside a 35-mile radius.
• *Deadline to submit your Big Sister/Little Sister Profile information (pages 17–18) • Letters mailed for roommate notifications
• Deadline for all new students to complete alcohol survey. The link will be sent to your College email address. • Check online for your schedule and order your books • Fall tuition balance due
*For transfer students admitted after a deadline has passed, enrollment forms will be due two weeks after your acceptance.
Important Events (note these on your calendar!) “I had an absolutely amazing time participating in SOAP. It was a great way to meet my classmates, make friends, and even find a roommate. The advising was very helpful, and now I understand a little better how everything at Converse works.” Jackie Bielevicz ’15 Tampa FL,
Enrollment Deposit Deadline This is the deadline for freshmen to secure a place in the Converse Class of 2018. Your deposit fee is applied to your account balance. Deposit online at converse.edu/deposit.
June 8–9 July 13–14
Summer Orientation and Advising Program–SOAP Register online by June 2 for SOAP I and by July 7 for SOAP II at converse.edu/soap.
AUGUST 20 Move-In Day
This is the day to load up your gear and move into your new home away from home! Move-in Day at Converse is a family affair. Faculty, staff and students will be standing by to help with the heavy lifting. For a list of suggested items to pack, see page 8.
New Student Orientation As an incoming student we know you have a lot of questions about life at Converse, and rightly so. New Student Orientation will help you hit the ground running—even before the first day of classes begin. Parents and families are invited to help with move-in day, to meet their student’s community adviser and attend a number of information sessions. The Orientation schedule will be posted in July at converse.edu/orientation.
Transfer Students Move-In Day See page 8 for a list of suggested items to pack!
AUGUST 21–24 Transfer Student Orientation
As an incoming transfer student we understand you have experienced college but we also know you’re likely to have questions about life at Converse. Transfer Orientation is designed to help you get acquainted with us and it’s a great way for us to get to know you better!
Student Financial Services Award Letters
Financial Aid award letters are mailed beginning March 1. Students will receive two copies, one for your records and one that must be signed and returned as soon as possible. The award letter will include important instructions/forms required to finalize your aid.
Your One Stop for Converse Business
“At Converse, we believe in both the value and the affordability of higher education.”
Visit my.converse.edu to access: • student accounts and bill payment • financial aid information • course registration and schedules • grade reports by term • and more! Deposited students: your username and password are the same as your Converse email.
President Betsy Fleming
Applying for Financial Aid
Filing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the most important step in the financial aid process. This should be done as soon as possible after January 1 and before March 15 for priority consideration. The form is online at fafsa.ed.gov. Be sure to include the Converse FAFSA code: 003431. The FAFSA determines your eligibility for all needbased aid programs. The financial aid package may include federal, state and Converse grants, loans and work study.
Converse offers the option to make tuition payments on a monthly basis through Tuition Management Systems. This is an interest-free alternative to lump sum payments each semester. Tuition Management System offers a 10-month payment plan beginning in May. Families can apply for the payment plan at afford. com. Everyone is approved. Payments begin in June.
If You Have Questions
Please feel free to contact Peggy Collins in the Center for Finance and Registration at 864.596.9019.
RAM DVISING PROG
TATION & A SUMMER ORIEN
It’s Good Clean Fun! Make a splash with the Student Life staff to jumpstart your college career during SOAP, Converse’s Summer Orientation and Advising Program. SOAP includes an overnight program on campus, which is required for ALL new students. Pick one of the two SOAP sessions below (transfer students are encouraged to attend the July session) and register today at converse.edu/soap.
SOAP I Overnight
Cost Registration Deadline
SOAP II Overnight
SOAP Overnight Program
Required for all new students, the SOAP overnight program is the perfect way to ease into college life. This is a great opportunity to get to know incoming students (including potential roommates!) and make connections with current student leaders. You will also meet with an academic adviser to review your course options and learn more about the student advising process. To make your attendance more effective you are encouraged to submit all forms included in this guide and online prior to arriving. This is a great time to ask all your questions about Converse.
Need-based scholarships are available for those who qualify (FAFSA information already filed with Converse will determine eligibility).
Contact Student Life at 864.596.9016
FIRST-GENERATION STUDENT PROGRAM
Trailblazers Perseverance, resilience, resourcefulness and hard work have helped you make it this far in your success. As a firstgeneration college student, this is a particularly important achievement. First-generation college students are those students whose parent(s) have not attained a four-year college degree. The Trailblazer program at Converse is committed to helping you graduate from college and attain your personal and professional goals.
What is the value of participating in the Trailblazer program? • Opportunity to participate in a Trailblazer Orientation Program (TOP) with your parent/guardian • Workshops and socials throughout your first year to make life in college a little easier • Access to a support network of Converse resources and peer mentors
Trailblazers Orientation Program (TOP) Trailblazer Orientation Program (TOP) gives our firstgeneration students the opportunity to move onto campus a day earlier than other first-year students. You and your family will discuss topics related to strategies for success at Converse. After a morning workshop the following day, students will participate in the full Orientation program. TOP begins on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 with check-in at the Montgomery Student Center between 9:00 am–12:00 pm. Sessions will begin that afternoon and continue Wednesday morning. Family members are encouraged to stay and participate in the College family orientation program Wednesday afternoon and evening.
First-generation students interested in participating in TOP can review the complete schedule and register online at converse.edu/trailblazers.
Move-In Day FAQ The full orientation schedule is posted in July at converse.edu/orientation. What should I do when I arrive on campus for orientation?
Residential students should check in at Wilson Hall between 8:00 am–1:00 pm.
Tell me about the parking situation.
When arriving on Move-In Day, all cars should enter through the front entrance of the College located at 580 East Main Street. Students, faculty and staff will be available to direct you to specific unloading zones. Please place the name placard that will be mailed to you on the dashboard of your car to expedite the check-in process.
How long should my parents/family stay to help me unpack?
Your parents and family members will not want to miss the Opening Assembly when all new students officially process into Twichell Auditorium. It’s a milestone moment and great photo opportunity! Your parents and family will also want to attend Family Orientation before they leave Thursday evening following the President’s Reception.
Where are the nearest hotel accommodations?
Visit converse.edu/visit for options, directions and accommodations.
What if I am a commuter?
Commuting students should check in at Wilson Hall between 11:30 am–1:00 pm. Be prepared to start four days of orientation and encourage your family members to join us for the sessions Thursday afternoon.
#ccmovein (We’ll be tweeting on Move-In Day – be sure to join in the fun!) Packed and Prepared Packing suggestions to get you started
What to Bring
To help you with your packing list, here are some ideas of things you might want to bring: q Alarm clock q Bathrobe q Blue painter’s tape q Computer & printer q First Aid kit q Hangers q Health Insurance card
q Laundry basket q Laundry detergent q Memo board (dry erase) q Personal medications q Pillow, sheets, blanket or comforter (extra long) q Room decor
q Shower caddie to hold your items q Shower shoes q Stationery items q Surge protector power strip q Towels/wash cloths q TV & Cable cord q Umbrella
q Fish tanks over 10 gallons q Fridges q Grills/hotplates q Halogen lamps q Heaters q Incense
q Lava lamps q Liquor bottles (full or empty) q Microwaves q Pets, except small fish q Sunlamps q Toasters/toaster ovens
What Not to Bring q Air conditioners q Candles q Drug or alcohol paraphernalia q Extension cords q Firearms/knives/illegal weapons/tasers q Fireworks/fire crackers
Check-in moves quickly if you complete all required paperwork prior to arriving. This includes submission of all forms in this guide, your final high school and/or college transcript, financial aid & billing, and your completed medical form
Residence hall and roommate information
Home Sweet Home Unmarried students attending Converse are required to live in College housing or in the home of their parents or guardians within a 35 mile radius. Living on a college campus may take a little getting used to...but, it won’t be long before you’re settled in and right at home! Converse residence halls are staffed with a Community Advisor (CA), Peer Academic Coaches (PAC), Resident Directors (RD), Assistant Directors (AD), and the Director of Residential Life. This dynamic support team will help you get the most out of your college life. On or off campus, the Residential Life Staff is here to enrich your academic and social life. Our residence halls and apartment community have different characteristics that make each one unique. Traditionally, two residence halls are used to accommodate new freshman while transfer students are housed within our upper class communities.
Residence Hall Amenities
Regardless of where you live on campus, you will find the following in each residence hall: • Student lounge or living room/lobby fully furnished with a television • MicroFridge, high speed internet ports, wireless internet and cable TV access • Twin-size bed and mattress, dresser, desk and chair for each student • Security access system and a personalized electronic key card for each resident • FREE laundry facilities • Computer labs or study rooms
General Student Activities and Events
There are many events and activities to connect and involve students, both during the week and on weekends. Students receive an activities calendar at the beginning of each semester - to keep you in the know and on the go!
Connections for Commuters
Commuting students are strongly encouraged to make their “Day Home” in the Montgomery Student Center. Commuting students have access to computers, study space, a work out room, the mail room, and many other campus resources. The Day Student Association is one of the strongest and largest organizations on the campus.
Roommate Preference Information Roommate assignments are based on the information students provide the Residential Life Office. Every effort is made to place students with compatible roommates who share a common interest. All roommate information will be sent to your Converse College email account. It is important to be candid when completing this information, as it will be used to determine your roommate. The deadline for completing your Roommate Preference Information is July 18, 2014. Visit converse.edu/roommate.
CENTER FOR STUDENT development and SUCCESS We are excited about the 2014–2015 academic year and look forward to having you with us. Two of the special services for incoming students are: 1) a personalized first-semester class schedule mapped out for you in advance, and 2) a freshman adviser who will help you with academic questions and decisions. To register you for classes and to match you with an adviser, these forms must be completed and returned by Friday, June 27. You can find these documents and additional information after May 15th at: converse.edu/admitted and then clicking on Forms for Incoming Freshmen and Transfer Students. The three forms to complete are: • Registration Information • Course Preferences (not for music students) • First Year Seminar (not for music students or Nisbet honor students) Please return these forms to Converse College, Office of Admission, 580 E. Main Street, Spartanburg, SC 29302. The forms you submit, along with your SAT/ACT scores, your Advanced Placement scores and GPA, will be used to create an individualized plan of study for you as you begin your first semester at Converse. During Orientation in August, you will have the opportunity to meet with your adviser, review your schedule and make changes if necessary. If you have been invited to participate in the Nisbet Honors Program, you will receive a separate mailing regarding the selection of your fall honors course.
The following will give you an idea of what to expect during your first semester. You will: • Normally be registered for 15-16 hours • Be registered in a required First Year Seminar • Be registered in the Student Success Seminar • Likely be registered in a required Fitness and Wellness course (2 credits) • Likely be registered in foreign language and/or English composition (3 or 6 credits) • Be registered in a variety of other courses depending on your intended major and specific preferences
As a new incoming student, you will not have to register! You will be registered based on the information you submit. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions throughout this process. My email is email@example.com. This may all seem quite complex, but I assure you that all will be taken care of smoothly and efficiently. We are eager to help every step of the way!
Remember to —
• Visit converse.edu/admitted and read all of the information carefully • Fill out the requested information completely and return it promptly • Check your schedule on August 15. Books and supplies cost approximately $750 per semester. Be sure you have budgeted for this expense. Best wishes,
Brant Bynum, PhD Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Director of Student Success
Freshmen What to expect and when for deposited students: June Each year, incoming students participate in the Summer
Reading Program and follow-up book discussions during Orientation. This year’s book is the The Divine Life of Animals by Ptolemy Tompkins. Information about the book and the reading program will be available in June at converse.edu/SummerReading and then click on Forms for Incoming Freshman.
Receive placement exam information for those choosing Spanish, French or German. (Placement exams for other languages are not required.)
Academic Advising Forms due
Late July–Early August Receive Advanced Placement and/or International
Baccalaureate score evaluation for those who participated in one or both of these programs
Registration for fall classes is taken care of for you based upon the information you provide. First semester freshmen do not register online.
Check schedule and order your textbooks on-line at my.converse.edu.
During Orientation, you will: • Meet with your adviser to finalize registration. Course schedule changes cannot be made prior to this meeting. • Turn in your essay and discuss the summer reading selection • Take language placement exam, if needed • Have language oral interview, if needed
Transfer Students What to expect and when for transfer students who have made their enrollment deposit: After depositing:
Submit all official transcripts to Converse as soon as possible. These must be evaluated by the Registrar to determine what and how much credit you will receive. You cannot receive credit based upon transcript copies sent to you or downloaded.
Beginning Late April Registration: You can initiate your course registration process
beginning in late April. Please contact Dr. Brant Bynum at brant. firstname.lastname@example.org to provide dates and times you are available for a registration conference in person or by phone. After your registration conference, Dr. Bynum will register you for classes.
Order your text books online at my.converse.edu.
Orientation: All transfer students are required to participate in a threeday orientation program. A special track for orientation enables you to meet other transfer students.
On-Campus Meal Plans Residential students will automatically be placed on the 15-Value Plan. If you prefer the 19-Value Plan, contact Dining Services. Optional meal plans are also available for commuter students. • 19-Value Plan - Provides all-you-care-to-eat meals in Gee Dining Room plus designated Flex dollars per term to use in Valkyries Station. • 15-Value Plan - Provides 15 all-you-care-to-eat meals to use during meal periods throughout the week in Gee Dining Room plus designated Flex dollars per term to use in Valkyries Station. Visit conversecollegedining.com to learn more about meal plan options.
GET your books Your Converse books for fall 2014 are available through the Virtual Bookstore With your schedule in-hand, go to my.converse.edu.
JUST SAY YES: Yes – Booklist will be available before classes begin. Yes – Books will be drop shipped to the destination of your choice. Yes – You can choose your shipping option to control delivery time. Yes – You can use your financial aid if you are expecting a refund check. Yes – You can buy used books. Yes – You can return them. Yes – You can buy electronic books. Yes – You can sell your books back online.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTionS
Technology Where can I check my Converse email? From anywhere! Visit my.converse.edu.
Am I required to bring a personal computer to college?
Bringing a computer to college is not required as there are multiple computer labs located across campus. However, we do recommend the convenience of having a personal computer. Please read our computer recommendations page at converse.edu/campus-technology to find out if your computer meets the existing requirements.
Does the College offer discounts on computers and computer software?
Converse students are eligible to receive discounts on computers and computer software. Please see our computer recommendations page at converse.edu/campus-technology for more details.
Do I need to bring a printer?
While having a printer in your room is definitely convenient, this decision is entirely up to you. Nearly all of our campus computers are set up for printing. And all students receive a print account each semester.
Should I bring an electrical power strip or surge suppressor for my computer?
Yes, we highly recommend the four- or-six receptacle models made by companies that will reimburse you for any electrical surge damage to the equipment plugged into their surge suppressor. Protecting and insuring your computer and printer are entirely your responsibility.
Will Campus Technology troubleshoot and/or repair my computer?
Yes, students should drop off their computer at the Campus Technology office, located on the third floor in Kuhn. We will do our best to resolve the problem.
Banking Where should I bank when attending Converse?
There are a number of local and regional banks within walking distance of the campus and all extend a warm welcome to college students. On move-in day several vendors, including banks, will be available to provide additional information.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTionS
Social Life How do Converse students spend their weekends?
Converse women are great at making fun happen. With an active CAB (Converse Activities Board) program, there are a number of weekend activities that-provide students with the opportunity to invite friends for the weekend. As a CollegeTown, there are more than 13,000 students in Spartanburg with annual events that pull the various campus communities together. Examples of past programs include: a cosmic bowling bash, the Sparkle City Showdown that allows for friendly rivalry around powder puff football, and campus concerts – including our annual Spring Concert on the back lawn. Converse also sponsors weekend excursions to nearby cities for shopping, skiing, football games and showing support for our Valkyries athletic program at away competitions.
What restaurants are in the area?
There are a number of local restaurants and coffee shops within walking distance of the campus. Some student favorites are Willy Taco, Taco Dog, Wild Wing Café, Delaney’s Pub, Mellow Mushroom and Monsoon Noodle House. Spartanburg has plenty of other options in almost every price range, whether you’re in the mood for pizza, Mexican, Chinese, Thai or German. Several restaurant chains are also close by, including; Moe’s, Olive Garden, Applebee’s, Ruby Tuesday and Panera.
What kind of volunteer opportunities are available in Spartanburg?
Converse is fortunate to have an AmeriCorps Vista professional on campus as a full-time staff member to identify and create a wide range of service opportunities for students. Every year, there are a number of special days and activities planned expressly for Converse students to get involved and make a positive impact in the local community. In addition, many of our student service groups have long standing relationships with local organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Safe Homes Rape Crisis Center, Spartanburg Humane Society and Relay for Life. Contact Jason Loscuito, Converse College Chaplain, for more information at 864.596.9078 or email@example.com.
How else can I get involved?
There are over 60 organizations on campus that offer ways for students with common interests to connect. The clubs expand each year to meet current trends and interests. Clubs created in the last few years include Amnesty International, to raise awareness about human rights and social justice - the Valkyries Dance Crew, to provide a pop-music based dance option; and the Interfaith Council, to advance cross-faith dialogue and partnership. For more information on how to get involved, check out the Campus Organizations and Student Government Association at converse.edu/clubs.
So where are the guys anyway?
Funny how we get that question a lot! Our students find plenty of ways to meet people while in college. Located in the heart of Spartanburg, Converse is in close proximity to the six other colleges and universities that make up the CollegeTown consortium. From the annual Back to School band party in the fall, to the CollegeTown Fall Fest downtown and Community Service Initiative in the spring, and a variety of events in between, there are ample opportunities to socialize with college students who call Spartanburg home. Add to that, college football games and collaborative student programs at neighboring colleges, socials and dances here on campus and countless cultural activities around town – well, you get the gist.
Deposit Confirmation Form To complete the enrollment process at Converse please complete this form and return it with the required deposit fee by May 1. (If you paid your deposit online, please fill out and return this form separately.) Name Address City
Check your entry classification: r Freshman
r Transfer student: Expected Graduation Date
Place of Work
Place of Work
Please indicate the best method of contact for your family: Who should the Office of Student Life contact in the event of an emergency? Name _______________________________________________ Relationship to you Home Telephone _________________________ Work Telephone ________________________ Cell _________________________ If you are an international student, are there special codes or phone instructions for calling your family? r Yes
If yes, please explain: List siblings’ names with ages Are you the first person in your family to attend college? If any of your relatives has attended Converse or have been associated with Converse in some capacity, please tell us what you know about them. Name Relationship to You
Class (or other association)
OPTIONAL Religious Preference T-shirt Size: Small Medium Large X-Large XX-Large
On-Campus (Residential) Students
Off-Campus (Commuter) Students
Check if you plan to live on-campus. A $300 fee (non-refundable after May 1) is required of all residential students, including those receiving ANY type of scholarship and/or financial aid.
Check if you plan to live at home. A $200 fee (non-refundable after May 1) is required of all commuter students, including those receiving ANY type of scholarship and/or financial aid. Unmarried students attending Converse are required to live in College housing or in the home of their parents or guardians within a 35 mile radius. Check if you will be paying your deposit with a credit card. Converse accepts Visa, MasterCard and Discover. Deposits can be paid online at converse.edu/deposit or through the Office of Admission at 864.596.9040. SUBMIT FORM BY MAY 1 TO: Converse College, Office of Admission, 580 East Main Street, Spartanburg, SC 29302
Top 10 REASONS TO LIVE ON CAMPUS
10. Location, Location, Location!
Living closer, sleeping in, driving less!
Amenities Cable, high speed internet, Microfridge, fitness center
8. Delightful Dining
Our chef is one of the best! Have a favorite family recipe and don’t want to wait until you get home to have it again? Ask Chef Doug to make it for you. Leadership Easy access to Converse’s 60+ campus clubs and organizations, which provide prime opportunities to hone your leadership skills. Friends for Life Residence hall living enhances your ability to find a support network to enrich your college experience! Our diverse campus culture makes you feel right at home.
Free Entertainment All of our activities are free!!! Come to a hall program hosted by your Community Advisor or Peer Academic Coach. All athletic events are free for you and within walking distance. Or come to an event hosted by your Campus Activities Board.
4. Safety & Security
Our Campus safety team is on patrol 24/7 and quick to respond to any call.
3. Resources ’Round the Clock
Every residence hall at Converse is staffed with a live-in Resident Director, Community Advisors, and a Peer Academic Coach. This experienced team of student leaders offers up a variety of educational and entertaining programs every month – just outside your door.
Academic Success Studies show that college students who live on campus fare better in the classroom, are more likely to graduate on time, and have greater opportunity for leadership experience. So pack your bags and take advantage of the best of both worlds – in and out of the classroom! The Total College Experience Autonomy. Fun. Relationships. Learning. Growing. Changing. Identity. These are just a few of the things you will experience here. Get ready for new friendships, new ideas and new adventures – all in a supportive and diverse community you’ll soon call home!
big sister/little sister Program Dear Little Sisters: We are excited about your upcoming arrival and about sharing the Big Sister/Little Sister Tradition with you. As your Big Sisters, we are here to introduce you to the Converse experience that is filled with laughter, friendships and traditions that you will come to love and admire. Our classes are unified by Roxie, the Red Devil and Pantera, the Pink Panther. We will have lots of exciting activities in the fall, so that we can get to know each and every incoming student better. Look for details when you arrive on campus. To ensure that you have a Big Sister, please submit the attached questionnaire by August 1. Your Big Sister will use this during Big Sister/Little Sister planning and celebration. We can hardly wait to meet you and make you feel at home. With love, Your Big Sisters P.S. You will be invited to the Big Sister/Little Sister Facebook group once you have deposited. Upload a picture of yourself and start connecting with your Big Sisters!
Pink Panther/Red Devil Profile Little Sister Questionnaire First Name:
Preferred Name: Email Address: Incoming Freshman? r Yes Birthday:
Transfer Student? r Yes
Anticipated Graduation Year
Some Favorites . . . Color:
Type of Music:
What is your favorite quote? Why? What is your dream job? Why? What activities do you want to get involved with at Converse? What are you most proud of or tell us about your greatest accomplishment? What motivates you every day? What would you want your big sister to know about you?
If you have any questions, please contact Student Life at 864.596.9016.
SUBMIT FORM BY AUGUST 1 TO: Converse College, Office of Admission, 580 East Main Street, Spartanburg, SC 29302
UNdergraduate Housing Agreement STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF SPARTANBURG This Agreement is made by and among Converse College (College), the undersigned (Student), and the undersigned parent or guardian of student (parent); provided, however, this Agreement does not constitute a commitment of admission of student to the College. By signing and returning this Agreement, student and parent indicate their acceptance of the terms and conditions of occupancy of College housing stated in this Agreement and the Student Handbook, and student and parent acknowledge reading carefully and receiving a copy of this Agreement. This Agreement shall apply for the entire academic year, or any part of the academic year, that student is enrolled at the College. Terms and conditions—Housing Policy College, Student and Parent agree as follows: 1. Eligibility for Housing. Student must be admitted or currently enrolled and registered for classes as a full-time undergraduate or Converse II student. In some cases, students enrolled for less than a full academic load may be granted permission by the Dean of Students to live in College housing facilities. 2. Period of Occupancy. For new students, occupancy shall begin on the day of orientation and end within 24 hours of student’s last spring term exam. For returning students, occupancy shall begin the day before fall term registration and end within 24 hours of the student’s last spring term exam; except students who are housed until 5:00 p.m. on the day of graduation. Specific dates of orientation, registration, examinations and graduation will be announced each year by the College and published in the official calendar of the College. Residence halls must be vacated during vacation periods and term breaks, unless the College indicates otherwise. Food service will not be available when residence halls are closed. If a student withdraws, takes a leave of absence, or is academically disqualified, she must immediately check out of her residence hall room. 3. Residency policy. All traditional, undergraduate, unmarried students are required to live in College housing unless residing with a parent or legal guardian within a 35 mile radius of the College campus. 4. Deposit fee. A nonrefundable fee of $300 must be paid to the College before a student will be assigned a room or allowed to register for classes. This fee applies to new, entering students, as well as to students currently enrolled who plan to return next year. The fee is due in the spring. Reminders are sent to all students. 5. Cancellation or suspension of Housing Agreement. Student may terminate this agreement only for the following reasons: withdrawal from the College; ineligibility to continue enrollment due to a failure to meet academic or other requirements of the College; completion of graduation requirement; failure to register for classes; marriage, or circumstances which are determined by the College to be beyond the control of student. Documentation may be required to show cause for termination. The College may terminate this agreement for the following reasons: student fails to meet all terms and conditions stated in this Agreement; student violates College or residence hall regulations and policies stated herein or in the Student Handbook; student fails to pay fees due to the College; continued residency of the student will pose danger to life, health, emotion or general well-being of student or other member of the College community; or student behaves in a manner which is not conducive to the educational mission of the College. In the event that the accommodations assigned to student are destroyed or otherwise made uninhabitable and the College does not furnish substitute accommodations, this Agreement shall terminate and all rights and liabilities of the parties shall cease. In such event, College shall refund, on a pro-rated basis, a portion of the payments received for the period during which such accommodations were not available. 6. Assignment of Housing Agreement. This Agreement may not be assigned or transferred to any other person. 7. Room and Roommate Assignment. This Agreement does not guarantee student a particular room or roommate. The College reserves the right to make and change all room assignments, to fill unoccupied spaces in a room or to relocate student as deemed necessary. All housing assignments are made without regard to race, creed, sexual orientation, religion, color or national origin; room changes will not be approved based on these reasons. 8. Room Changes. Student may change rooms only with the approval of the Director of Residential Life during specified room change periods. Specific procedures and dates for such changes are available from theResidential Life Office . A student may be fined or her Housing Agreement terminated, or both, for changing rooms without following proper procedures. 9. Responsibility for Personal Property. Converse does not assume any obligation or responsibility for the loss of damage to items of personal property of student which occur in College buildings or on College property. Student and parent are encouraged to carry appropriate insurance to cover such loss or damage. College is not responsible for any items left by student in College housing facilities after student checks out, withdraws, or takes a leave of absence from College. Such items will be considered abandoned property and may be retained or disposed of at the discretion of the College. 10. Responsibility for Room and College Furniture. College rooms are furnished with beds, desks, desk chairs, dressers, and MicroFridges. Students are responsible for the condition of the furniture originally assigned to the room, and may be billed for damages incurred during the year. Furniture assigned to a room must remain in that room. 11. Community Areas. Community areas in the residence halls (lobbies, study rooms, bathrooms, elevators, kitchens, hallways, etc.) are the joint responsibility of all students living in that building. Residents should treat community areas as they would their own homes. Damages incurred in community areas will be divided and charged to each resident of a hall or building unless the specific students responsible are identified. 12. Cooking. Fire safety regulations require that cooking equipment with exposed heating elements, such as but not limited to popcorn poppers, hot pots, and coffee pots, may not be used in the rooms, but may be used only in the kitchen areas. 13. Damage Deposit. Student is required to pay a $100.00 room damage deposit the first tuition payment, which will be credited to the balance of student’s account upon graduation or withdrawal from the College if no damages are assessed against student and no other fees or charges are owed by student to the College. 14. Firearms and Fireworks. Student shall not possess or use firearms or fireworks on College property. Fireworks are described as any substance prepared for the purpose of producing a visible or audible effect by combustion, explosion or detonation. 15. Fire Safety. Evacuation of College buildings is mandatory when fire alarm is sounded. Student shall not tamper with fire safety equipment or cause a false alarm. A minimum fine of $100 and suspension from the College may result from violations of this provision. Student shall not set or cause to be set any unauthorized fire in or on College property. No candles, incense, oil lamps, halogen lamps or other types of open flames are allowed in the residence halls. No space heaters, irons, or ceiling fans are permitted. 16. Food Service. All residential students are required to have a meal plan. Food service shall be provided when classes are in session. 17. Guests. Guests of the same sex as student may visit for up to three consecutive nights not more than nine times each semester and should be registered with the Resident Director /Assistant Director. Longer visits must be approved in advance by the Resident Director. Student is responsible
for the conduct of her guests. Guests may not be given the use of Access Cards or room keys at any time. 18. Room Keys. Room keys will be issued by the Residential Life Staff in each residence hall. A replacement fee of $50.00 ($150for buildings using the KABA Core System ) will be charged for any student who loses her key or fails to turn it in during the academic year. 19. Male Visitation. Male visitation, defined as periods when members of the opposite sex are allowed in rooms, will be available in College housing only as specified in the Student Handbook. Specific regulations for male visitation are listed in the Student Handbook, and student is responsible for complying with regulations and for the conduct of all guests, including male visitors. 20. Medical Form. Student will not be permitted to occupy a room in College housing until student’s medical form has been returned and deemed complete by the Director of Health Services. This is a requirement of state law. 21. Pets. Out of consideration of those with allergies and because of damages and health hazards caused by animals, no pets or animals of any kind are allowed in the residence halls nor are pets allowed to visit. Fish are only allowed in aquariums no larger than 10 gallons. A resident determined to be responsible for the presence of an animal is subject to a $300 fine. The residents within an apartment or room where an animal is found are also each subject to a $100 minimum fine for not reporting. Subsequent offenses will result in a doubling of the previous fine. In addition to the fine, the owner of the animal will be responsible for all damage and cleaning costs resulting from the animal. If there is a second violation of this nature, resident(s) will be subject to student conduct action. Animals must be removed immediately from the campus. 22. Private Rooms. If student occupies a room (either a single or double room) alone for any reason, student will be assessed an additional fee per semester as stated in the Student Handbook. 23. Refrigerators/Microwaves. MicroFridges are provided in all residence hall rooms and are included in student’s room and board fee. 24. Room Entry Policy. The College reserves the right to enter and/or search a student’s room when there is reason to believe an emergency exists, a college or residence hall violation is occurring or has occurred, the health, safety or well-being of the occupant or other persons is at stake, or for purposes of maintenance. In the case of suspected criminal violations to be adjudicated outside of the Converse College judicial system, searches will be conducted by law enforcement officials pursuant to a search warrant. In the case of suspected College regulation infractions, evidence produced during a room search (with or without a search warrant) may be used in college judicial proceedings. Student staff members may search rooms without a full-time College official only for the purpose of opening closets (to conduct a visual inspection), looking under beds and opening and removing items from refrigerators and coolers. A College staff member and/or campus safety officer may enter each room during any fire alarm or drill to make sure that the residents have evacuated the building. 25. Routine maintenance and safety inspections. College reserves the right to enter all College housing facilities to perform maintenance and conduct inspections for reasons of health, safety and condition of College property. If items are found during such inspections which violate College policy or State or Federal law, student will be notified and appropriate action taken. 26. Security. Residence hall security and safety is of utmost importance. Student shall not loan her Access Card to a guest or visitor or allow an unescorted guest to gain access to residence hall, nor shall student prop open locked doors or otherwise compromise the safety of the residence hall. 27. Smoke-free halls. All residence halls are smoke-free. This includes all common areas and student rooms. 28. Soliciting/sales. Soliciting, canvassing or use of College housing facilities as a location for selling or advertising is prohibited unless permission is granted in writing by Office of Student Life. Organizations chartered by the College must register fundraisers with the Office of Student Life. 29. Telephones. Telephones are not provided by the College. Charge for on-campus service is included in student’s room charges. 30. Termination of College Housing. Converse College has the right to dismiss a student from college housing if her presence in the community is a detriment to herself or the community. Dismissal from the College housing can be a result of disciplinary action. 31. Children in the Residence Halls. Residents may not have children living with them in the residence halls. This includes overnight stays and lengthy visits (defined as more than one hour) during the day. If a child will be present in the residence halls for a lengthy visit, the resident must obtain permission from the Resident Director. 32. Babysitting in the Residence Halls. Babysitting for children in the residence halls is not permitted. Babysitting is defined as caring for a child while a parent or guardian is otherwise occupied. If a child will be present in the residence halls for a lengthy visit (defined as more than one hour), the resident must obtain permission from the ResidentDirector. The Visitation Policy, which applies to males and females above age six, is explained in the Student Handbook. 33. Married Students. Married students are permitted to live off-campus (see Residency Requirement). If a married student wishes to reside on campus, she must submit a written request to the Dean of Students. 34. Pregnant Students — If a student is or becomes pregnant while residing in College housing, she must notify the Dean of Students before the second trimester. Pregnant students are expected to meet with the Dean of Students to develop a plan for support. 35. Other Policies. In addition to the policies set forth in this Agreement, the Student Handbook contains other administrative policies and social and residence hall regulations for which student is responsible. The Student Handbook will be distributed to each student and an additional copy may be obtained through Community Advisors or the Office of Student Life. All charges, fees, payments, fines, assessments or sums of any kind for which student is responsible as a result of the terms of this Agreement or the Student Handbook shall also be the responsibility of parent. The parties hereby indicate their understanding of and agreement to the terms contained in this Housing Agreement by signing and dating below. tudent Name (Please Print): S
Parent/Guardian Name (Please Print): Signature: Signature:
Social Security Number:
First Middle Int.
Director of Residential Life
Anticipated Year of Graduation:
NOTE: This form will be destroyed seven years after student leaves Converse College. Please keep a copy of this form before mailing original to Converse.
QUESTIONS: Contact Student Life at 864.596.9016. SUBMIT FORM BY MAY 15 TO: Office of Admission, Converse College, 580 East Main Street, Spartanburg, SC 29302
Commuter student Agreement For New Students not anticipating living on campus, the residency requirement is: All traditional undergraduate students must reside in College residence halls unless they make their home with their parents/legal guardian in their permanent residence within a 35 mile radius of the College. If primary residency changes during enrollment as an undergraduate and a student no longer meets the requirements as stated above, she will then be required to move onto campus housing. Students who are married or have custodial children residing with them may live off campus but must submit in writing a statement to that effect to the Vice President of Student Life/Dean of Students.
Name r NEW STUDENT
Date r TRANSFER STUDENT
ANTICIPATED YEAR OF GRADUATION Phone#
Name of parent/guardian at residence Legal permanent address of parent/guardian Phone number of parent/guardian
Infractions of the residency requirement will be handled by the Vice President for Student Life/Dean of Students. Violations that are confirmed may result in the student being billed for the current term while arrangements can be made to meet the requirements of the College Housing Policy.
As the parent or legal guardian of the above-mentioned student, I understand the housing policy, recognize that the College may apply residential charges for violations of the policy, and acknowledge that the student is honor bound by the Converse College Honor Code to provide true and accurate information on this form. Parent/Guardian Signature
On my honor as a Converse College student, I understand the housing policy, recognize that the College may apply residential charges for violations of the policy, and pledge all the information on this form is true and accurate. Student Pledge:
NOTE: This form will be destroyed seven years after student leaves Converse College. Please keep a copy of this form before mailing original to Converse. QUESTIONS: Contact Student Life at 864.596.9016. FRESHMEN SUBMIT FORM BY JULY 2 AND TRANSFERS SUBMIT FORM BY JULY 15 TO: Converse College, Office of Admission, 580 East Main Street, Spartanburg, SC 29302
Top 10 Tips for Commuters
10. Check out the Day Student Association. The DSA plans activities and
events that allow commuters to connect and get to know each other.
Attend SGA Senate and PCO (Presidents’ Council of Organizations) meetings to be informed. Use the SGA G.P.S. (Guide to Personal Success) you receive at the begininning of the academic year. This planner contains a wealth of information related to student meetings and events.
Get involved in student organizations, visit friends or study in residence halls. Students who are involved in clubs/organizations and take time to build relationships with their peers are more successful in college.
Attend activities and events on campus and pledge them for Convocation credit. Convocations supplement the classroom experience and are a great part of a liberal arts curriculum.
Consider a commuter student meal plan. It’s a great deal for a good meal and you don’t have to remember to bring cash. They offer great prices on convenience items and coffee drinks.
Hang out in the Day Student Lounge and the Montgomery Student Center. It’s a great way to meet new friends and stay connected.
Read Daily Announcements (sent to your campus email). It’s a great way to stay informed.
Use your Converse PO Box. You will get campus mail here that doesn’t get mailed home.
Use your Converse email. It’s how most offices, faculty, staff and students communicate.
Student Health Form TO THE STUDENT: Proof of immunization is REQUIRED of ALL students in order to attend classes and move in to the Residence Halls. Note that documentation means Healthcare Provider or Health Dept. must sign the form. Incomplete forms will be returned to you. Please complete and sign all pages. Please mail or bring the completed forms to Health Services after making a copy for your records.
Personal Data (Please print in ink or type) Studentâ€™s Name:
Date of Birth:
Phones: Home ( )
Name(s) of next-of-kin/parent/guardian: Address: Street Parent/Guardian Phones: Home ( )
Zip Work (
*Health insurance is required for all international students to obtain a VISA. Insurance is also required for all College athletes.
r YES, I AM INSURED Insurance Information (Please attach a copy of your insurance card (front & back). Policyholder Name
Insurance Companyâ€™s Name
Phone # (
Group # )
r NO, I AM NOT INSURED Converse College does not require current students to have health insurance. Although the campus Wellness Center may have minimal fees on various procedures, medical care at other facilities such as the ER or a specialist can become expensive. I hereby authorize the medical staff of Converse Health Services to provide medical treatment and/or procedures as necessary. I understand that I may incur charges for doctor/nurse practitioner visits, lab tests, supplies or medicines which will be billed to my student account. Converse Health Services does not accept or file health insurance claims but will provide the documentation necessary for me to file. I further authorize release of information to my insurance carrier if requested. I also consent to notifying my parents/guardians in case of medical emergency. I understand that the College is not responsible for any uninsured expenses in the event of accident or sickness of a student. I will notify Converse immediately upon any change in the stated insurance information.
NOTE: This form will be destroyed seven years after student leaves Converse College. Please keep a copy of this form before mailing original to Converse. QUESTIONS: Contact Student Life at 864.596.9016. SUBMIT FORM BY JULY 15 TO: Converse College, Office of Admission, 580 East Main Street, Spartanburg, SC 29302
Student’s Name: Date of Birth:
Immunization Requirement Proof of immunization or immunity is required of all students. Form must be signed by your healthcare provider or health department, or a copy of an official certificate (such as from the military or health department) must be enclosed. 1. Diphtheria-Tetanus (DT)/ Diphtheria, Tetanus, and/or Acellular, Pertussis (DtaP): Booster within the last ten years required.
Number of Doses: (1 2 3 4 5) Date: _______/______/______
2. Hepatitis B: Three doses #1 _______/______/______
3. Meningitis: Meningitis Vaccine Date: _______/______/______ 4. MMR (Measles (Rubeola), Mumps, Rubella): Two doses required. Doses given before first birthday are not valid. Persons born before 1957 are considered immune to Rubeola and Rubella and are exempt from this requirement. Proof of immunity may also be provided by blood test.
MMR #1 Dose given after 1967 and after 1st birthday Date: _______/______/______
MMR #2 Dose given at least 30 days after Dose #1 Date: _______/______/______
5. Polio (OPV, OPTV): Circle number of doses received: (1 2 3 4 5) Date of last dose: _______/______/______ 6. Tuberculosis (TB) Risk Assessment Risk Factor • Recent close contact with someone with infectious TB Disease
r Yes r Yes r Yes r Yes r Yes r Yes r Yes
r No r No r No r No r No r No r No r No
• Foreign-born from (or travel to/in) a high-prevalence area (e.g. Africa, Asia Eastern Europe or Central or South America) r Yes • Fibrotic changes on a prior chest x-ray suggestion inactive TB or past TB disease • HIV/AIDS • Organ Transplant Recipient • Immunosuppressed (equivalent of >15 mg/day of prednisone for >1 month or TNF antagonist • History of illicit drug use • Resident, employee or volunteer INA high-risk congregate setting (e.g. correctional facilities, nursing homes, homeless shelter, hospitals and other health care facilities) • Medical condition associated with increased risk of progressing to TB disease if infected (e.g. diabetes mellitus; silicosis, head, neck or lung cancer; hematologic or Reticuloendothelial Disease such as Hodgkin’s Disease or Leukemia; end stage Renal Disease, Intestinal Bypass or Gastrectomy, Chronic Malabsorption Syndrome, low body weight) If any answers are yes, please get a TB (mantoux) in the US. Date given: _______/______/______
Name/Initials of person giving: _______________________
Date read: _______/______/______
Name/Initials of person reading results: ________________
Results: _____ MM of induration
*Interpretation r Positive
Recommended but not mandatory: 7. Varicella: Date: _______/______/______ Booster if given: _______/______/______ 8. Gardasil or HPV Vaccine: (Three doses) #1 _______/______/______
Signature of Healthcare Provider ________________________________ *Print Name of Healthcare Provider _____________________________ Date: ___________________________ Address: ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Street City State Zip Telephone: ___________________________________________________ Fax: ______________________________________________________ NOTE: This form will be destroyed seven years after student leaves Converse College. Please keep a copy of this form before mailing original to Converse. QUESTIONS: Contact Student Life at 864.596.9016.
SUBMIT FORM BY JULY 15 TO: Converse College, Office of Admission, 580 East Main Street, Spartanburg, SC 29302
Disability Services Applies only to students who have enrolled and deposited at Converse
Procedure for Requesting Academic Accommodations To declare a disability, a student must provide relevant documentation of the disability and list accommodations requested. Common accommodations include: permission to tape record lectures, extended time on quizzes and exams, quiet testing, use of a note taker in class. The office for support is located in the Center for Student Development and Success in the Montgomery Student Center. • • • • •
Complete a “Request for Academic Accommodations” form at converse.edu/RequestForAccommodations Submit all supporting documentation to Tania McDuffie, Director of Academic Accommodations and Tutoring Services. Schedule an intake meeting with Tania McDuffie. Receive a CAP card (Certified Accommodation Plan). Meet with Tania McDuffie to learn how to use your CAP card and how your accommodations plan will be handled with each professor.
While every effort will be made to complete your evaluation quickly, we ask that you allow a minimum of 30 days to complete the process. To submit your documentation please mail or fax to: Tania McDuffie Converse College 580 East Main Street Spartanburg, SC 29302 Fax: 864.596.9146
Contact Your Admission Counselor 864.596.9040 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Frequently Called Campus Phone Numbers (all numbers area code 864) Campus Safety
Center for Student Development & Success
Finance & Registration Center
Office of Admission
Office of Student Life
580 East Main Street Spartanburg, SC 29302 www.converse.edu