Guilford College

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5800 W. Friendly Avenue

Greensboro, NC 27410

Phone: (336) 316-2000
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
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Aug. 10
application deadline

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#173 Overall Score: 37 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Guilford College is a private institution that was founded in 1837. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,462, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 340 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Guilford College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 173. Its tuition and fees are $32,470 (2013-14).

At Guilford College, students can schedule classes Monday through Saturday, from early in the morning to 10 at night. With its scheduling flexibility, the liberal arts college in Greensboro, North Carolina, attracts both traditional residential students and older adults. Guilford also operates The Early College, which allows high school juniors and seniors to earn college credit before graduating. All students can also cross-register for courses at seven other schools in the Greater Greensboro Consortium: Elon University, Bennett College, the University of North Carolina—Greensboro, Greensboro College, High Point University, North Carolina A&T State University and Guilford Technical Community College.

Outside of classes, there are about 40 student organizations to consider joining, as well as potential athletic opportunities on the Guilford College Quakers sports teams. The NCAA Division III teams compete in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. Notable alumni of Guilford College include Warren Mitofsky, former political pollster and executive director of the CBS News election and survey unit, and Rick Goings, CEO of the Tupperware Brands Corp.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Guilford College provides tomorrow's leaders with the experience, global perspective, and innovative problem-solving skills to create change in the world. Community, equality, integrity, peace, and simplicity are values deeply rooted in our Quaker heritage.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1837
Religious affiliation Quaker
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $69,752,991


When applying to Guilford College, it's important to note the application deadline is August 10, and the early action deadline is November 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due March 1. The application fee at Guilford College is $25. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 80 percent and an early acceptance rate of 71.3 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 80.0%
Application deadline August 10
SAT/ACT scores must be received by March 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Guilford College is 15:1, and the school has 54.7 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Guilford College include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Psychology; Social Sciences; Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services; and Biological and Biomedical Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 76 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 15:1
4-year graduation rate 47%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 18%
Psychology 11%
Social Sciences 10%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 9%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 6%

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Student Life

Guilford College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,462, with a gender distribution of 42.2 percent male students and 57.8 percent female students. At this school, 76 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 30 percent of students live off campus. Guilford College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 2,462
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Guilford College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. Guilford College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Guilford College, 87 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Guilford College.

Students who have cars on campus 87%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Guilford College, 78.3 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $17,587.

Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.

Tuition and fees $32,470 (2013-14)
Room and board $8,800 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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