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Cornelia Strong College

South Spencer Hall


Linda Danford, Department of Classical Studies

Senior Fellows

Pamela McRae, Honors Program

Laurie White, Honors Program

Coordinator of Residential Learning

W. Scott Thomason, Housing & Residence Life and Department of History


Walter H. Beale, Department of English; College of Arts and Sciences

Deborah Bell, Department of Theatre

Susan Buck, Department of Political Science

Bruce Caldwell, Department of Economics

Ronald D. Cassell, Department of History

Linda Danford, Department of Classical Studies

Stephen C. Danford, Department of Physics & Astronomy

Joan Glynn, Office of Alumni Affairs

Dennis Patrick Leyden, Department of Economics

Carol Marsh, School of Music

Eleanor McCrickard, School of Music

Theodore Plowden, University Police

Penelope Pynes, International Programs Center

Mark Schumacher, Jackson Library

Susan Shelmerdine, Department of Classical Studies

John Starks, Department of Classical Studies

Larry Taube, Department of Information Systems and Operations Management

Denise Tucker, Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders

Janice Tulloss, Instructional and Research Computing

Honorary Fellows

John T. Campbell, Director, Housing and Residence Life

Patricia A. Sullivan, Chancellor

Cornelia Strong College is one of three residential colleges at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. It is named after Cornelia Strong, professor of mathematics and astronomy in the University from 1905 to 1948. Strong College is open to all students in the University through a competitive admission process, and is particularly suited to those who are seeking a richer and more rewarding academic experience than they might have in a traditional residence hall. Strong College offers its members the opportunity to participate in an informal social and academic community within the context of the greater University. While Strong College does offer one credit tutorials on an optional basis, it does not have a special curriculum—its members take the usual complement of courses throughout the University.

Modeled on the undergraduate colleges of universities such as Rice, Yale, and Harvard, Strong College is made up of about 110 undergraduate members in residence (“the Junior Common Room”) and a group of faculty Fellows and Associates (“the Senior Common Room”), as well as a small number of non-resident undergraduate “associate members.” All members of Strong College may participate in a variety of co-curricular activities in the arts and sciences, including a weekly College Tea, the Blue Lemur Coffee Bar, other informal recreational groups, picnics, dances, and the climactic social events of the year, the Annual Croquet Tournament and Head of the Buffalo (boat race on Buffalo Creek). Strong College endeavors to provide an environment where students and faculty can interact in an informal manner outside the formal confines of the classroom.

The home of Strong College is South Spencer Hall, named after Cornelia Phillips Spencer, poet, social historian, and journalist whose writing was largely instrumental in reopening the Chapel Hill campus after a five-year shut-down during the Reconstruction era. The dormitory was built in 1907 as an addition to North Spencer Hall and the combined facility was at that time said to be the largest woman’s dormitory under one roof in the country. Now outfitted with air-conditioning and computer hook-ups, South Spencer combines modern utility and convenience with historic grace and charm.