Guilford College

Guilford College
Motto I am striving for wisdom and virtue.[1]
Type Private liberal arts college
Established 1837
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 IIIODAC
Colors Crimson and Gray
Mascot Quakers
Guilford College
Brick walkway through 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
NRHP reference #


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

Guilford College is a small liberal arts college in Greensboro, North Carolina.[5] Guilford has both traditional students and students who attend its Center for Continuing Education (CCE). Founded in 1837 by members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), Guilford's program offerings include such majors as Peace and Conflict Studies and Community and Justice Studies, both rooted in the college's history as a Quaker institution.


Guilford College is the only Quaker-founded college in the southeastern United States. Opening in 1837 as New Garden Boarding School, the institution became a four-year liberal arts college in 1888.[6] Levi Coffin, a well-known abolitionist, Quaker, and political dissenter grew up on the land, which is now considered a historical site.[6] The woods of New Garden, which still exist on campus today, were used as a meeting point for the Underground Railroad in the 19th century, run by Coffin.[6]


Guilford competes as an NCAA Division III as an Old Dominion Athletic Conference member.[7] The school has won five national championships, including the NAIA men's basketball championship in 1973, the 1981 NAIA women's tennis title and the 1989 (NAIA), 2002 and 2005 (NCAA Division III) men's golf titles.

Campus events

Bryan Series. In the past decade, Guilford's Bryan Series[7] 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, Bill Clinton, Tony Blair, 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.[8]

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. The largest campus-wide event of the year 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. 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.[9] Following concerns expressed by the interim Dean of Students Jenn Agor about music festival culture, school officials have begun to discuss to possibility of discontinuing the tradition. This has led to a sizable student backlash.[9] The dispute over Serendipity is indicative of the tensions between the very liberal student body and its more conservative administration.[9]

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.[10]

Every Campus a Refuge is based on the idea that university and college campuses have everything necessary to host refugees like housing, food, care, and skills to support them as they begin their lives in their new homes.

Notable alumni

Notable faculty

  • 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.
  • Mary Mendenhall Hobbs, wife of Guilford president L. L. Hobbs, raised funds for women's education

See also


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  2. Quaker Colleges, Universities and Study Centers Archived December 14, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  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. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 19, 2014. Retrieved April 1, 2014.
  4. National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  5. "Mission and Core Values – Guilford College". Archived from the original on August 13, 2011. Retrieved August 8, 2011.
  6. 1 2 3 "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 21, 2009. Retrieved 2010-01-15.
  7. 1 2 "Guilford College". Retrieved September 15, 2016.
  8. "Garry Trudeau, Paul Krugman, Yo-Yo Ma Among Bryan Series Speakers in 2009–10". April 14, 2009. Archived from the original on November 26, 2010. Retrieved February 1, 2011.
  9. 1 2 3 Fried, Landon. "The Guilfordian : Serendipity weekend in danger". Retrieved September 15, 2016.
  10. Lindberg, Alex. "The Guilfordian : What the hell?! It's What the Hell Con". Retrieved September 15, 2016.
  11. "COBLE, Howard, (1931 - )". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved October 14, 2012.
  12. "Montana Governor Joseph Moore Dixon". National Governors Association. Retrieved October 14, 2012.
  13. "John Hamlin Folger". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 15 October 2012.
  14. Stoesen, Alexander R. (1987). Guilford College: On the Strength of 150 Years. Greensboro, N.C.: Walnut Circle Press. p. 21.
  15. "Sam Venuto". Pro-Football-Reference.Com. Retrieved October 14, 2012.
  16. "Tony Womack". Baseball-Reference.Com. Retrieved October 14, 2012.
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