Colleges That Change Lives

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Guilford College

"Basically [Guilford] is a place where people trust and like each other. It is a stimulating place where the teachers care, where they expect a lot, and where they provide encouragement as well as the challenge to get young people to do things they had no idea they could do."
-Colleges That Change Lives

  • Founded in 1837 by the Society of Friends, known as Quakers, Guilford College inspires each student to achieve excellence through an engaging community, rooted in Quaker values, which nurtures creativity and social responsibility.
  • Guilford College is a community of open-minded learners who promote positive change in the world. In small class settings, Guilford's caring faculty get to know, challenge and support every student. Our curriculum focuses on writing, reasoning, class discussions and solving problems--preparing students for the world's future challenges. True to our Quaker commitments, Guilford's diverse and welcoming environment leads to an appreciation and respect for difference. Our alumni tell us they succeed in their graduate programs and their jobs because of the transformative academic and personal experiences they had at Guilford.
  • Located in Greensboro, North Carolina (pop. 237,000), with a metro area population of 1.4 million.
  • Five colleges and universities in Greensboro (Guilford College, Bennett College, Greensboro College, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and North Carolina A&T State University) have a total enrollment of approximately 27,000 students. Guilford participates in an academic consortium with these colleges.
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W O R T H   N O T I N G
  • Guilford's commitment to sustaining our environment is campus-wide and is reflected in a variety of initiatives, including: solar panels on residence halls, dining hall composting, a student-led bio retention site project, occupancy sensors in the Frank Family Science Center, LEED building standards, a bike shop to encourage alternative transportation opportunities, community vegetable gardens, and energy-efficient exercise equipment in our fitness area.
  • Guilford is home of the Bryan Series, which has welcomed such distinguished visitors as Tony Blair, Christiane Amanpour, Sanjay Gupta, Bill Clinton, Jean-Michel Cousteau, Khaled Hosseini, Madeleine Albright, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Toni Morrison, Tom Brokaw, and Tina Brown. Speakers for the 2013-14 Bryan Series include Robert Gates, Elizabeth Alexander, and Itzhak Perlman.
  • The Princeton Review included Guilford in its Best 377 Colleges, 2013 edition.
  • Guilford ranked 29th among liberal arts colleges in 2012 by Washington Monthly, which rated schools based on their contribution to the public good through social mobility, research and service.
  • Forbes magazine selected Guilford as part of its America’s Top Colleges list, 2013 edition.
  • Guilford’s campus radio station, WQFS, is ranked 6th among college radio stations, according to The Princeton Review.
  • Guilford is one of 23 colleges to be selected for the Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation’s Bonner Scholarship program, whose mission is to transform the lives of students and their campuses and communities through community service.
  • Guilford is a national leader in sustainability efforts and is listed in The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2012 Edition with a "green" rating of 93 out of 100.
  • Guilford has experienced many campus recent additions and highlights, including a complete renovation of our Founders Hall student center, a full wireless network, a batting center for our baseball team, modernized student community center, and renovated Multicultural Education Department space.
  • Placed on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, Guilford is consistently recognized for exemplary service efforts and service to America’s communities
  • The Guilfordian, our weekly student newspaper, received a First Place with Special Merit award in its size category in the 2013 American Scholastic Press Association’s annual best-newspaper contest.
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F A C U L T Y   &   A C A D E M I C S
  • 124 full-time faculty
  • 16:1 student-to-faculty ratio
  • Guilford offers 36 majors and 54 minors. The most popular majors are Psychology, Business Management, Biology, English, and Health Sciences. Unique majors include Forensic Biology, Forensic Accounting, Sport Management, and Peace & Conflict Studies.
  • Amazing experiential learning experiences are available at Guilford, including our Guilford Undergraduate Symposium for student research, study abroad opportunities in more than 200 international locations, and professional internship placements in domestic and international locations.
  • An optional January term immerses students in intensive educational projects (including internships, service learning, independent/group projects, seminars, study away or study abroad) that are deliberately innovative and experiential with the goals of encouraging self-motivated independent learning and the ability to understand issues and concepts in action.
  • Our Center for Principled Problem Solving (PPS) is dedicated to creating avenues for students to explore and learn about social change and innovation as imagined through the lenses of Guilford’s core values of community, diversity, equality, excellence, integrity, justice and stewardship.  PPS Scholars have participated in programs with the Clinton Global Initiative University, Unity Hoops Basketball, and the Maryland House of Delegates, among others.
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C A M P U S   L I F E
  • Guilford students pursue variety with passion through the following opportunities: more than 40 campus clubs and organizations; a thriving campus ministry program; an active Multicultural Education department; vibrant theatre, music, and art programs; a campus radio station (WQFS-FM); an award-winning weekly student newspaper (The Guilfordian); intercollegiate, intramural, and club athletics.
  • Housing choices include traditional hall settings for first-year students; themed houses (where groups of students live together who share a special interest) or apartments are available for upperclassmen.
  • NCAA Division III, Old Dominion Athletic Conference
  • Men's varsity sports: baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, tennis and track & field (indoor & outdoor); women's varsity sports: basketball, cross-country, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track & field (indoor & outdoor) and volleyball; club sports: men's and women's rugby, Ultimate Frisbee, and cheerleading.
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L I F E   A F T E R   C O L L E G E
  • Guilford graduates are prepared for life after college, as evidenced by a nearly 70% job placement rate for the class of 2012 (compared to the national average of 63%).  Our pre-professional students also experience a 75% admission rate to medical school (well above the 47% national average) and 90% of our education studies graduates are hired to teach within one year after graduation.
  • Guilford alumni are living their passions all over the world.  Meet a few of our Guilford graduates who are creating positive change in the world:  a free-lance food and travel writer in Thailand; a veterinarian who works with military working dogs in South Carolina; an editor and writer at; an investment research analyst in Massachusetts; a Fulbright Teaching Assistantship scholar in Germany.
  • Some of our recent alumni have been admitted to graduate programs at the University of Michigan, Zurich University of the Arts (Switzerland), Harvard University, Boston College, Duke University, University of Pennsylvania, and Vanderbilt University.
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A C A D E M I C   P R O F I L E   O F   E N T E R I N G   C L A S S
  • Fall 2013 First-year Class: 403 students
  • 57% male, 43% female
  • Top academic interests: Psychology, Business Management, Health Sciences, Biology, English
  • Guilford is test-optional. In lieu of SAT/ACT scores, students can submit a portfolio of written work. For more information, click here.
  • Who makes up the Guilford College Class of 2017? Classmates who acted in a feature film; volunteered as a bee keeper; climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro; taught Japanese calligraphy; skied competitively while starting a successful winter apparel business; participated in an immersion exchange program in South Korea; served as a stern woman on a lobster boat; hiked over 300 miles of the Appalachian Trail.