Greensboro College

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Greensboro College
Greensboro College Seal.jpg
Motto Palma non sine pulvere (Latin)
Motto in English
(lit. No palm without dust), No reward without effort
Established 1838
Type Private
President Dr. Lawrence D. Czarda
Students 1,000
Location Greensboro, North Carolina, United States
Campus 80 acres (320,000 m2)
Mascot The Pride
Affiliations United Methodist Church
Greensboro College Logo.png

Greensboro College is a four-year, independent, coeducational liberal-arts college, also offering four master's degrees, located in Greensboro, North Carolina, United States, and affiliated with the United Methodist Church. It was founded in 1838 by Rev. Peter Doub. The college enrolls about 1,000 students from 32 states, the District of Columbia and 29 nations.


The first college to open its doors within the town of Greensboro was the woman's college, Greensboro Female College. The school occupied a 25-acre (100,000 m2) campus near the heart of the city within what would become the College Hill Historic District. The institution had its origin in 1833, when the Greensboro Female College was organized as an institution for local children. It was the intent of the Rev. Peter Doub that the institution grow to serve women.[1]

Through the Methodist Church, a charter was secured in 1838, an event which makes the college one of the oldest institutions of higher education for women in the United States. The college became coeducational in the late 1950s.

The cornerstone of the first building was laid in 1843, and in 1846 the institution opened its doors to students. Young women came from many southern states to become the first classes of the new president, the Rev. Solomon Lea, and his faculty.[2]


Greensboro College provides a liberal arts education grounded in the traditions of the United Methodist Church and fosters the intellectual, social, and, spiritual development of all students while supporting their individual needs.


The academic calendar consists of two semesters and a summer-school session. Full-time undergraduates must carry a minimum academic load of 12 credit hours per semester.

The college offers four undergraduate degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Music, and Bachelor of Science. It offers four master's degrees: M.Ed. in elementary education, M.Ed. in special education/general curriculum, M.Ed. in special education/adapted curriculum, and M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.

Undergraduate majors: The college offers majors in accounting, art, athletic training, biology, birth through kindergarten education, business administration, business administration and economics, chemistry, criminal justice, elementary education, English, English and communication studies, exercise and sport studies, French (effective with the 2009-2010 academic year, enrollments in the major and minor in French are suspended until further notice), history, history and political science, liberal studies, mathematics, mathematics education, middle grades education, music, music education, health/physical education, political science, psychology, religion, secondary comprehensive science education, sociology, Spanish, special education, theatre, and urban ecology. Most departments also offer minors.

Teacher licensure: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction licensure is offered in birth through kindergarten, elementary education (K-6), middle grades education (6-9), special education (K-12) (general curriculum and adapted curriculum), health/physical education (K-12), art (K-12), music (K-12), Spanish (K-12), theatre (K-12), and ESL add-on licensure. Students seeking secondary licensure (9-12) must select one or more academic majors from the following: English, mathematics, biology, secondary comprehensive science education and social studies.

Special programs: Allied Health Programs (medical technology, radiologic technology), Ethics Across the Curriculum, First Year Seminar, George Center for Honors Studies, International Studies Program, Women's and Gender Studies, Writing Across the Curriculum, and consortia arrangements.

Academic Honor Societies:


Activities and Student Life[edit]

Student Activities: Students take an active role in planning and implementing campus activities. Greensboro College has more than 20 student organizations, with various opportunities including Student Government Association (SGA), Pride Productions, United African-American Society (UAAS), Residence Hall Association (RHA), newspaper, literary magazine, theatre, musical and instrumental groups, and other special interest, honor and service organizations.

Religious Life: Greensboro College is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and offers an academic and social community that unites the liberal arts and Judeo-Christian values in an atmosphere of diversity and mutual respect. Chapel services are held at 11:30 a.m. each Thursday during the school year in Hannah Brown Finch Memorial Chapel, and brief prayer services are offered at 8:15 a.m. weekdays during the school year in the same location. Programs from diverse traditions and a variety of student organizations offer students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to worship, study, serve, and fellowship in order to grow in faith. Religious Life organizations include: Student Christian Fellowship, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Campus Crusade for Christ, Catholic Student Fellowship, Presbyterian Campus Ministry, Episcopal Campus Ministry, Hillel Jewish Fellowship, and other denominational groups.

Village 401: Greensboro College has the unique distinction of being located in downtown Greensboro, the center of finance, commerce, government, culture, health and human services, as well as a reviving residential and shopping area. A distinct feature of the College’s location is that we share a common zip code, 27401; thus, the name Village 401. Working closely with businesses, schools, agencies and organizations within Village 401, the College provides opportunities for students, faculty and staff to assist the community in meeting some of its challenges and needs while enhancing liberal-arts education with community service.

Campus Life: Co-curricular involvement and leadership in activities are valuable supplements to classroom learning. Students take an active role in planning and implementing campus activities. Campus Life is one of the organizations that regularly sponsor a variety of social events such as bands, comedians, trips, movies, Homecoming, formal dances, and the annual Spring Fling weekend. Students are encouraged to take an active role in the community standards process while living in the residence halls.[4]


Logo of the Greensboro College Pride

The Pride's athletic program competes in the NCAA's Division III and the USA South Athletic Conference. It offers 17 intercollegiate sports. Men's sports include baseball, basketball, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, wrestling and tennis. Women's sports include basketball, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis and volleyball.

The men's golf team has twice won the Division III national championship, in 2000 and 2011.

The men's soccer team was NCAA Division III runner-up in 1989 when they lost 2-0 to Elizabethtown College.

As of the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, 77 Pride student-athletes had been named All-Americans and 26 had been named Academic All-Americans. [5]

Middle College[edit]

Greensboro College Middle College is a high school program on the campus of Greensboro College located in Greensboro, North Carolina. It schools the 11th and 12th grades, and allows students to finish their high school career while earning college credit. GMC's main focus is to provide a more flexible learning environment for students previously unsuccessful or dissatisfied with traditional high school. As of the 2011-2012 school year, there are about 120 students enrolled.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Eileen Fulton '55, soap opera and Broadway actress
  • Carolyn Maloney '68, U.S. Representative (D-NY) 1992–Present
  • Ryan Nelsen, professional soccer player and coach (attended)
  • Sarah Dessen, writer and author (attended)
  • R. Carter Pate '76, Former CEO of MV Transportation
  • Dr. Jeremy Kinney '94, Curator for Air Racing, Aircraft Propulsion, and American Military Aviation, 1919-1945, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
  • Roy E. Carroll II, '85, CEO/President of The Carroll Companies (attended)
  • Rep. Jon Hardister, '06, Legislator at NC House of Representatives
  • Nickolay Bochilo, '03, President, Investments- Bell Partners Inc


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  2. ^ Arnett, Ethel Stephens. Greensboro, North Carolina; the County Seat of Guilford. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1955. p. 102
  3. ^ "Greensboro College Undergraduate Academic Catalog 2011-2012" (PDF). 
  4. ^ "Greensboro College Undergraduate Academic Catalog 2011-2012" (PDF). 
  5. ^ "Greensboro College Sports". 

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