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Guilford College is a small, private, four-year liberal arts college in Greensboro, North Carolinamarker founded by the Religious Society of Friends (the Quakers). Founded in 1837 as the New Garden Boarding School, its name was changed to Guilford College in 1888 when the academic program expanded considerably. Guilford is the third-oldest coeducational institution in the country and the oldest such institution in the South.

Student body

Only about ten percent of the student body are Quakers; however, the institution is governed by Quaker principles. It is the oldest co-educational institution of higher learning in the Southeast, and the fourth-oldest institution of higher learning in North Carolina. Its academic atmosphere, like that of many Quaker colleges, is open and informal; for example, many professors encourage students to call them by their first names.

The college strives to uphold its core values of equality, diversity, community, integrity, stewardship, justice, and excellence. The student body is diverse as Guilford intentionally draws students from a wide geographic, political, religious, ethnic and socioeconomic background. The college seeks to maintain an environment where all perspectives are valued and respected. Its current president is Kent John Chabotar, the first non-Quaker to hold the position.

The school does not allow fraternities or sororities to be formed on campus.

The school also hosts The Early College at Guilford.

Loren Pope listed Guilford College in his book Colleges That Change Lives.


Guilford competes as an NCAA Division III and Old Dominion Athletic Conference member. 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. The school is the location of the Armfield Athletic Centermarker.

Appenzeller Field at Armfield Athletic Center at Guilford College.

Campus events

In the past decade, Guilford's Bryan Series 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 have been announced as being Garry Trudeau, Paul Krugman, Anna Deavere Smith, David Gregory, and Yo-Yo Ma.

Probably the largest campus-wide party of the year, besides Homecoming, is "Serendipity", held annually in the spring. The significance of the weekend-long festival has faded in recent years but in its heyday during the late 1980s and early 1990s, the 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, Common, Talib Kweli, De La Soul, Luscious Jackson, The Violent Femmes and The Squirrel Nut Zippers.

Every summer, the college hosts the five-week-long Eastern Music Festival, where both professional and student musicians come together for seminars and public performances. In 2005, EMF featured more than 70 concerts and music-related events on- and off-campus.

The college also hosts the annual What the Hell?! Con.

The Quaker Man

The Quaker Man (or just "The Quaker") is the mascot of Guilford College. He is often depicted with a tall hat and buckled shoes reminiscent of the Quaker Oats man, despite the fact that the Quaker Oats man was a not a Quaker and was dressed in Puritan Style clothing instead of traditional Quaker garb. He usually is seen carrying a bell or other noisemaker. He always wears the school colors of maroon and gray.

The Fighting Quaker

One of the more notable nicknames for the Quaker Man is the "Fighting Quaker." This name is more well known and popular than the official name; "The Quaker." This name is oxymoronic as Quakers, by nature, are pacifists. This is not the official name of the mascot however, as the Fighting Quaker is the official mascot of Earlham College.

Notable alumni

Notable faculty

  • Howard Brinton, a Quaker activist and author, served as the acting president of Guilford during World War I.
  • David M. Dobson, inventor of the computer game Snood, is a Professor of Geology at Guilford.


Image:P1000238.JPG|Duke Memorial Hall is on the right. Hege Library is up farther to the left.Image:P1000226.JPG|Lake on campus at Guilford College.Image:P1000232.JPG|Archdale Hall

See also


  1. Garry Trudeau, Paul Krugman, Yo-Yo Ma Among Bryan Series Speakers in 2009-10
  2. Yachting Club: What the Hell?! Con

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