Guilford College
Former name
New Garden Boarding School (1837–1888)
Sapientium atque virtutum molior
Motto in English
I am striving for wisdom and virtue[1]
TypePrivate liberal arts college
Established1837; 187 years ago (1837)
Endowment$92.7 million (2021)[3]
PresidentKyle Farmbry
Academic staff
United States
CampusSuburban, 340 acres (1.37 km2)
ColorsCrimson and Gray
Sporting affiliations
MascotNathan the Quaker
Guilford College
Brick walkway through Guilford College
Guilford College is located in North Carolina
Guilford College
Nearest cityGreensboro, North Carolina
Coordinates36°5′43″N 79°53′19″W / 36.09528°N 79.88861°W / 36.09528; -79.88861
Architectural styleColonial Revival, Classical Revival, Late Gothic Revival
NRHP reference No.90000855


01000676 (decrease)
Significant dates
Added to NRHPJune 21, 1990
Boundary decreaseJune 27, 2001

Guilford College is a private 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. Its campus has been considered a National Historic District by the United States Department of the Interior since 1990.[6]


Guilford College is the only Quaker-founded college in the southeastern United States.[7] Opening in 1837 as New Garden Boarding School, the institution became a four-year liberal arts college under its current name, Guilford College, in 1888.[8] Levi Coffin, a well-known abolitionist, Quaker, and political dissenter grew up on the land, which is now considered a historical site.[8] 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.[8]

COVID-19 challenges

Jane Fernandes, having served as president since 2014, chose to furlough and lay off colleagues during the COVID-19 pandemic and announced that she would leave office on June 30, 2020, followed by a one-year sabbatical and transition to a tenured faculty position in English. Carol Moore was appointed the interim president and she began a "program prioritization" process that would significantly reduce the number of majors offered once approved.[9] The college announced in November 2020 that it would likely discontinue 19 out of its 42 majors and cut 16 tenured professors.[10] In November 2020, as a response to this plan, the faculty voted no confidence in Moore and the Board of Trustees' leadership, the first no-confidence vote in the college's history.[11] Moore subsequently left the college and Jim Hood, a faculty member, was selected as the new interim president at the end of February 2021.[12]

In early 2021, the college paused the November 2020 layoff plans and began significant fundraising effort, placing a hold on the layoff question until after the spring semester.[13] As of late March 2021, the fundraising plan was slightly ahead of schedule.[14] On January 1, 2022, Kyle Farmbry became Guilford's 10th president.[15][16]


Main article: Guilford Quakers

Guilford athletic teams are the Quakers. The college is a member at the Division III level of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), primarily competing as a member of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) since the 1988–89 academic year.[17] The Quakers previously competed in the Carolinas Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (CIAC, now Conference Carolinas) of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) from 1930–31 to 1987–88.

Guilford competes in 20 intercollegiate varsity sports: Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, tennis and track & field; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, lacrosse, rugby, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track & field, triathlon and volleyball.


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[17] 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, Toni Morrison, and Venus Williams.

Eastern Music Festival (EMF). Every summer, the college hosts the five-week-long Eastern Music Festival (EMF), where 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 and thousands of students from other local institutions in the Triad area. Musical acts have included Dave Matthews Band, Widespread Panic, Hootie & The Blowfish, Common, Talib Kweli, De La Soul, Luscious Jackson, The Violent Femmes, Man Man, The Village People, and The Squirrel Nut Zippers.

WTH?! Con This event has occurred annually since 2001. Major guests include a host of webcomic creators and wrock bands. The 2018 event attracted around 300 attendees. Peak attendance has been around 500 people.[18] The most recent con was held the weekend of March 15, 2019.[19]

Early College at Guilford

The Early College at Guilford (ECG) is ranked as the number one public high school in the nation, according to the U.S. News & World Report. It has approximately 200 students and is located in Greensboro, North Carolina. The school was started in 2002 as a partnership between Guilford College and Guilford County Schools as the first early college high school in North Carolina, allowing students to graduate with a high school diploma and up to two years of college credit from Guilford College.

Notable faculty

Notable alumni

See also


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