Guilford College

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Guilford College, founded in 1837 by members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), is an independent college in Greensboro, NC

Guilford College is the third-oldest coeducational institution in the country, the oldest such institution in the South, and the fourth-oldest institution of higher learning in North Carolina. 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.

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.

A wide variety of student clubs and organizations exist at Guilford College. The Early College at Guilford is hosted at the College. 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. Guilford has enjoyed additional recent success in golf and basketball.


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