I love the idea of living with your friends all under one roof. I didn’t know that living in a residence hall would foster such autonomy and self confidence in myself and being a developing adult. It’s taught me to be a real person and be accountable and invested in the communities I live in. I feel such a sense of responsibility and pride in the residence halls we have on campus and I believe that it is a unique experience that I couldn’t have found elsewhere.

Jocelyn Foshay, Class of 2017 History and Secondary Education major

Community Imperatives


There is a lot of one-upping each other among institutions today, particularly when it comes to facilities.

Guilford College is committed to offering the benefits of modern living within a campus whose beauty is inspiring. And when it comes to developing community, we’re taking a different path. Having been around for 170 years, we know a thing or two about sustainability. We don’t tear down a building in which value remains. We re-envision, repurpose. This is our way of stewarding donor investments as well as Guilford’s historical value, not to mention keeping the cost of a college education within reach.

How we define and design our community is fitting of our Quaker values. In a time when students are more connected virtually than personally, for example, the Guilford campus inspires interaction. It is why we favor common spaces, roommates and communal bathrooms — because learning how to live with different types of people is essential.

After all, our students are here to grow and to change. Much of their growth happens in the space we provide for them to study and support one another. Take a different path with us by enabling improvements and enhancements to our residence halls, library, athletics facilities and information technology. Together, we can elevate where students live, where they study, where they compete and how they learn.

We seek support for imperatives critical to fostering a campus community that inspires students and faculty to choose Guilford College over any other.


Residential Life - $250,000 Essential Need

We believe the residential experience is worth preserving.

WHERE WE ARE  Guilford College residence halls are well equipped, classic, iconic. Their average age is 60 to 70 years, and about 80 percent of our student body resides in them. They are, without a doubt, worth preserving. Think of the history. Think of the learning that has occurred inside these walls, the lifelong connections formed. There is not a new building on the horizon for Guilford College. Instead, we are making an intentional choice to upgrade the buildings that we have, and not just because doing so supports our enrollment and retention goals, but because we value them and what they foster: interaction, collaboration, community and learning where one lives.

WHERE WE WANT TO GO The residential experience is a key characteristic of the liberal arts model by which Guilford thrives. Even as we leverage the advantages of digital age technologies and virtual environments to address the different needs of learners, the quality of the residential experience will always be paramount. Our goal is to preserve and enhance buildings like Binford, Bryan and Milner Halls in a way that supports the character, community and safety that our students have come to expect. We are not asking you to invest in a building alone; you’re investing in our students and in their experience here. Bonner Scholars live in residence halls. Athletes as well. And so will the next generation of Guilford students. Join us in making this shared living experience to be the best we can.

Total Residential Life Need:  $9.3 Million 

Hege Library Academic Commons - $250,000 Essential Need

We see Hege Library at a scholarly crossroads of possibility.

WHERE WE ARE In this time of significant challenge and change, the way in which we learn has evolved. Students and faculty leverage the potential of our digital age, using libraries very differently from before, in new and engaging ways. The role of the academic library in the broad ecosystem of learning spaces is changing, and Guilford is well positioned to be among the liberal arts colleges leading the way. Hege Library is becoming the center of academic engagement and exploration on campus, a place where students and faculty are stirred by the calling of discovery and where we not only find the answers we seek, but we also make important use of them.

WHERE WE WANT TO GO Now is the time to chart a bold course that will be critical to ushering in a new era for Hege Library. We believe in the Library’s central importance as a dynamic physical learning environment, as a creation space. Our vision is to advance Hege Library as Guilford’s “Academic Commons.” An incubator of thought and a hive of activity, the Academic Commons will incorporate new integrated learning spaces within a technology-enriched environment to advance teaching, learning and research. It will bring faculty, students, librarians, technologists and academic support professionals together to create new synergy. And think of what that could inspire: Greater student engagement. Increased enrollment. An enhanced academic reputation. The Hege Library of the future holds the potential for institutionally transforming impact. 

Total Hege Library Need:  $5 million 

Information Technology - $250,000 Essential Need

We use technology to advance Guilford’s 21st century liberal arts experience.

WHERE WE ARE  Guilford College understands the transformative potential of technology in our digital age — and also the rapid acceleration of its pace. The capacity of Guilford’s technology environment is critical to supporting our students’ living and learning experiences. Our Education Studies program prepares students to leverage technology to engage and enhance young learners. The chemistry and physics programs emphasize computationally engaged research and experimentation, preparing students to work in cutting-edge industries and attend graduate and professional schools. In the humanities disciplines, students engage in digital storytelling, network analysis and geospatial approaches to literary texts and historical problems. With successes like these, Guilford is poised to rise to the next level.

WHERE WE WANT TO GO Guilford has made great strides in building up its technology infrastructure. The accelerated integration of technology in all disciplines requires an infrastructure that will allow us to take the next vital steps to advance student and faculty collaboration, creativity and innovation. The College seeks to distinguish itself as a premier small liberal arts institution providing uniquely designed learning experiences that incorporate technologies that deliver essential virtual environments for student and faculty experimentation, collaboration, and scholarship. The College’s IT infrastructure and network bandwidth capacity will establish the standard for which all other small liberal arts colleges are measured and allow our campus community to connect to anyone, anywhere, at anytime.

Total Informational Technology Need:  $1.35 Million 

Athletics - $250,000 Essential Need

We support what it means to be a student-athlete.

WHERE WE ARE  Student-athletes make up a third of our campus population. In fact, over the last five years alone, we’ve seen a 35 percent growth in the number of talented student-athletes who’ve chosen Guilford College. We believe this increase is due, in part, to the investments we made in recent years — Jensen Golf Center and McBane Baseball field, for example. In a time when competition among colleges and universities is fierce, this kind of enrollment growth cannot be ignored.

WHERE WE WANT TO GO Outstanding athletes deserve outstanding facilities. Our vision for elevating the athletics experience on the campus includes, among other priorities, completing the Armfield Center, which will dramatically improve the Game Day experience of athletes, recruits and spectators alike; locker room upgrades; and Musco Lighting of tennis courts and softball and baseball fields. The latter will improve the academic experience for student-athletes by allowing practice to be scheduled much later in the school day. In fact, our goal is to be become a model for the most successful integration of academics and athletics. Simple, yet critical, improvements such as lighting can make all the difference.

Total Athletic Need:  $4.2 Million