Guilford College is a nationally distinguished liberal arts school in Greensboro, North Carolina. Empowering students to design a personalized education focused on their interests and passions, Guilford emphasizes real-world learning for every student, every semester. The net result is graduates who are exceptionally prepared to pursue their dream futures.
Established in 1837, Guilford is the only Quaker-founded college in the Southeast. The principles of our founders are reflected in the College’s seven core values: community, diversity, equality, excellence, integrity, justice, and stewardship.
Faculty, staff, and students are all on a first-name basis in Guilford’s welcoming, diverse community. With an average class size of 14 students, 40+ majors, and 50+ minors, our 1,200 traditional undergraduates have many study options. Within a year of graduation, 85% of Guilford students report being employed full-time or enrolled in graduate school—15% above the national average.
Find your Guilford Edge
Guilford is boldly reimagining education to meet the needs of a new generation. With the Guilford Edge, you’ll explore your passions as you leverage the power of collaboration through team-based projects that tackle real-world challenges. Each semester features a three-week period dedicated to a single intensive course, including a variety of study away options.
The Guilford Edge also ensures you’ll discover promising paths for your life. Design an education focused on what matters to you. With the continual guidance of a personal team of expert advisors—we call it Guided Discovery—you’ll chart a wise course toward prestigious graduate school programs and rewarding career opportunities.
Along the way, the Guilford Edge will help you gain a deeper sense of your purpose and potential. You’ll develop ethical leadership skills as you learn to use your talents for saving the world’s greater good. That’s why Guilford is among only 40 colleges recognized in the book Colleges That Change Lives. The publication lauds Guilford as a “stimulating place where 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.”
Most of all, the Guilford Edge offers many ways to thrive as you experience a place that feels like home. Our 350-acre campus includes a farm—one of the top 30 college-run farms in the country—a small lake, meadows, and woods with trees more than 300 years old.
Whether it’s taking pre- and post-consumer waste and turning it into compost for projects across campus or gardening alongside our coworkers and neighbors, we take what we put into—and get out of—the land seriously.
Produce grown on the College Farm—heirloom tomatoes, canary melons, okra, and more—is served in our Dining Hall and shared with the community. Two hundred solar panels produce 9,000 gallons of hot water each day, further reducing our carbon footprint. And because of our dedication to sustainability, we’re included in The Princeton Review’s Guide to 353 Green Colleges.
Participate in 50+ student-run clubs and organizations that include everything from Surf Club to PRIDE to Entrepreneurship Club. Get involved in theatre or music ensembles, or be part of the award-winning student newspaper or College radio station. And get ready to enjoy new and newly renovated spaces for study, living, entertainment, and sports popping up all across campus.
Guilford students also enjoy getting off campus. As the third-largest city in North Carolina, Greensboro is home to more than 40,000 college students. It all adds up to a vibrant cultural scene, diverse opportunities for service, and abundant partners for internships.
Go amazing places
Guilford’s study abroad options introduce participants to new ways of living, working, and learning, like spending a semester in a 12th-century castle in the Italian Alps, a nationally recognized program. You’ll learn to navigate uncertainty, engage the unfamiliar, and collaborate with individuals from different cultures.
Guilford is committed to the Division III identity of the student-athlete. Our varsity sports teams compete as members of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. Our women’s teams are basketball, cross-country, lacrosse, rugby, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track & field, triathlon, and volleyball. Our men’s teams are baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, and track & field.
Guilford also offers club sports such as cheerleading, rugby, and Ultimate Frisbee as well as a variety of intramural sports.
Within your reach
We’re committed to keeping a Guilford education as financially accessible as possible. Fiske Guide to Colleges 2018 includes us among its 48 “best buys.” One hundred percent of our traditional students receive institutional financial aid totaling $19 million each year. And our average financial aid award is more than $23,000, which includes significant grants and scholarships.
The best way to experience Guilford is to see it for yourself. Schedule your personal visit at guilford.edu/visit or call 336-316-2100.