Guilford College

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Guilford College
Motto I am striving for wisdom and virtue.[1]
Established 1837
Type Private liberal arts college
Affiliation Quakers[2]
Endowment US $70.7 million[3]
President Jane Fernandes
Academic staff
Students 2,137
Location Greensboro, North Carolina, USA
Campus Suburban, 340 acres (1.37 km²)
Sports NCAA Division III
Colors Crimson and Gray            
Mascot Quaker
Guilford College
Brick walkway through Guilford College
Guilford College is located in North Carolina
Guilford College
Nearest city Greensboro, North Carolina
Coordinates 36°5′43″N 79°53′19″W / 36.09528°N 79.88861°W / 36.09528; -79.88861Coordinates: 36°5′43″N 79°53′19″W / 36.09528°N 79.88861°W / 36.09528; -79.88861
Built 1885
Architectural style Colonial Revival, Classical Revival, Late Gothic Revival
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference #


01000676 (decrease)
Significant dates
Added to NRHP June 21, 1990
Boundary decrease June 27, 2001

Guilford College, founded in 1837 by members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), is an independent college in Greensboro, NC.[5] Guilford has both traditional students and students who attend its Center for Continuing Education (CCE). Guilford's academic programs—both disciplinary and interdisciplinary—include 36 majors and 53 minors, with a range of liberal arts and pre-professional opportunities. Guilford also supports students in creating individualized programs and in selecting studies which will contribute to their own development and interests.[6]

Campus life[edit]

Guilford College is the only Quaker founded college in the southeastern United States. Originally opening in 1837 as New Garden Boarding School, the institution became a four year liberal arts college in 1888. Guilford College continues to place its Quaker heritage at the center of its mission, though it has broadened its outlook beyond North Carolina and the Religious Society of Friends.[7]

A wide variety of student clubs and organizations exist at Guilford College.[8] The Early College at Guilford is hosted at the College. Loren Pope listed Guilford College in his book Colleges That Change Lives.[9]


Guilford competes as an NCAA Division III and Old Dominion Athletic Conference member.[10] The school has won five national championships, including the 1973 NAIA men's basketball title, the 1981 NAIA women's tennis title and the 1989 (NAIA), 2002 and 2005 (NCAA Division III) men's golf titles. Guilford has enjoyed additional recent success in golf and basketball.


  • American Hebrew Academy Stadium: Track and field. On the grounds of the American Hebrew Academy.
  • Armfield Athletic Center: Football, men's and women's lacrosse, men's and women's soccer. 2,200-capacity.
  • Haworth Field: Softball.
  • Edgar H. McBane Field: Baseball.
  • Ragan-Brown Field House: Men's and women's basketball, and women's volleyball. 2,500-capacity.
  • Dorothy Ragsdale McMichael '37 Centennial Class Courts: Tennis

Campus events[edit]

Bryan Series. In the past decade, Guilford's Bryan Series[10] has brought many notable speakers to the campus and city for an annual public lecture series. Past speakers have included Desmond Tutu, Mikhail Gorbachev, Colin Powell, Madeleine Albright, Ken Burns, Mary Robinson, David McCullough, and Toni Morrison. The 2008–09 Bryan Series lecturers were Khaled Hosseini, Christiane Amanpour and James Rubin, Salman Rushdie, and Anna Quindlen. The 2009–10 lecturers were Garry Trudeau, Paul Krugman, Anna Deavere Smith, David Gregory, and Yo-Yo Ma.[11] Tony Blair 2011

Former President Bill Clinton headlined the Bryan Series in 2010–11.[10]

Eastern Music Festival (EMF). Every summer, the college hosts the five-week-long Eastern Music Festival (EMF), where both professional and student musicians come together for seminars and public performances. Each year, EMF features more than 70 concerts and music-related events on- and off-campus.

Serendipity. Probably the largest campus-wide event of the year, besides Homecoming, is "Serendipity", held annually in the spring. It began in 1972 as a replacement to the somewhat antiquated May Day festivities, and has featured games, musical performances, and "general mayhem." During its peak in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the weekend festival was attended by Guilford students and alumni, as well as thousands of students from other local institutions in the Triad area. Musical acts who have played this event include: Dave Matthews Band, Widespread Panic, Hootie and the Blowfish, Common, Talib Kweli, De La Soul, Luscious Jackson, The Violent Femmes, Man Man, The Village People and The Squirrel Nut Zippers. Serendipity is still the primary spring fling on campus and attracts regional and national music acts to the stages. Despite the fact that Serendipity is considered by alum to be a hallmark of the Guilford experience, as of December 2014, its future remains uncertain.[12] Following concerns expressed by several members of staff regarding drinking, illicit drug use, and reckless behavior, administrators have begun to discuss to possibility of discontinuing the tradition. This has led to a sizable student backlash.

WTH?! Con This event has been occurring annually since 2001. Major guests include a host of webcomic creators and wrock bands. The most recent Con, held February 10–12, 2012, attracted around 300 attendees. Peak attendance has been around 500 people.[13]

Sexual assault investigation[edit]

On May 1, 2014, Guilford College was named one of fifty-five higher education institutions under investigation by the Office of Civil Rights “for possible violations of federal law over the handling of sexual violence and harassment complaints” by Barack Obama's White House Task Force To Protect Students from Sexual Assault.[14]

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable faculty[edit]

  • David M. Dobson, inventor of the computer game Snood, is a Professor of Geology at Guilford.
  • David Hammond, notable director, is a Theater Studies Professor at Guilford.

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Quaker Colleges, Universities and Study Centers
  3. ^ As of November 1, 2014. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2013 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2012 to FY 2013" (PDF). 2013 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  4. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  5. ^ "Mission and Core Values – Guilford College". Retrieved August 8, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Academics – Guilford College". Retrieved February 1, 2011. 
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  9. ^ "Guilford College | Colleges That Change Lives". Retrieved February 1, 2011. 
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  11. ^ "Garry Trudeau, Paul Krugman, Yo-Yo Ma Among Bryan Series Speakers in 2009–10". April 14, 2009. Retrieved February 1, 2011. 
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  14. ^ "U.S. Department of Education Releases List of Higher Education Institutions with Open Title IX Sexual Violence Investigations". U.S. Department of Education. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  15. ^ "COBLE, Howard, (1931 - )". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved October 14, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Montana Governor Joseph Moore Dixon". National Governors Association. Retrieved October 14, 2012. 
  17. ^ "John Hamlin Folger". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  18. ^ "Sam Venuto". Pro-Football-Reference.Com. Retrieved October 14, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Tony Womack". Baseball-Reference.Com. Retrieved October 14, 2012. 

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