Guilford College

Three Guilford College students walk by the Orangerie at Binford Hall.

“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

Guilford College
5800 West Friendly Avenue
Greensboro, North Carolina 27410
336.316.2100 / 800.992.7759
⋅ About 1,200 traditional students
⋅ 14:1 student-to-faculty ratio
⋅ 49% male, 51% female (traditional students)
⋅ 40% are from out of state; international students represent 20 nations
⋅ 85% on-campus students in residence halls and apartments
⋅ 5% Quaker students
⋅ Comprehensive tuition, fees, room and board for 2020-21 is listed at $52,520.
⋅ Learn more about Guilford’s 4-1-0 Advantage.
⋅ Learn more about Guilford’s Financial Aid and scholarships.

Three Guilford College students and their Biology professor do research at a creek in the campus woods.

Guilford College’s Founders Hall, photographed at the height of autumn.

: Two Guilford College students enjoy iced drinks at Rachel’s Rose Cottage, the on-campus coffee shop.

A Guilford College Music professor collaborates with two guitar majors at Dana Auditorium.

A Guilford College Men’s Basketball player gets set for a shot during an NCAA Tournament match-up.

  • 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. 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, 40-plus majors and 50-plus minors, our 1,200 undergraduates have many study options.
  • 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. With the continual guidance of a personal team of expert advisers — called Guided Discovery — you’ll chart a wise course toward prestigious graduate school programs and rewarding career opportunities. Along the way, you’ll develop ethical leadership skills and gain a deeper sense of your purpose and potential.

Worth Noting
  • Guilford’s 350-acre campus includes a farm, a small lake, meadows, and woods with trees more than 300 years old. Produce grown on the Farm 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’ve been included in The Princeton Review’s Guide to 353 Green Colleges.
  • 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. And with the new Guilford Edge curriculum, each semester features a three-week period dedicated to a single, intensive course, including a variety of study-away options.
  • Guilford awards scholarships and grants to 100 percent of the student body. There are merit scholarships ranging from $5,000 to $25,000; need-based aid ranging from $5,000 to $12,000. Additionally, Guilford awards a grant to everyone that submits a FAFSA and offers institutional need-based aid to students not eligible to file the FAFSA. The Quaker Leadership Scholars Program, based on the student’s interest in the Religious Society of Friends, leadership, and academic potential, provides a grant of up to $3,500 per year.
  • Guilford is also home to the Bryan Series, which has welcomed such distinguished visitors as Tony Blair, Madeleine Albright, Toni Morrison, Leslie Odom Jr., Amal Clooney, Itzhak Perlman, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Students get a front-row seat to fascinating and inspiring Q&A sessions that occur on campus with speakers.

Faculty & Academics
  • Guilford has 177 full-time faculty, creating a 14:1 student-to-faculty ratio. There are 40-plus majors and 50-plus minors to choose from, with the most popular majors being Psychology, Business Management, Biology, Criminal Justice, Health Sciences, and Sport Management. Unique majors include Sustainable Food Systems, Peace and Conflict Studies, and Community and Justice Studies.
  • Unique and rewarding hands-on learning experiences include the Guilford Undergraduate Symposium for student research; the Honors Program, a supportive community for students who demonstrate a commitment to achieving academic excellence; and a variety of opportunities and events available through the Intercultural Engagement Center.
  • Guilford’s Center for Principled Problem Solving and Excellence in Teaching is dedicated to creating avenues for students to explore and learn about social change and innovation. Scholars have participated in programs with the Clinton Global Initiative University, Unity Hoops Basketball, the Maryland House of Delegates, and the American Friends Service Committee, among others.

Areas of Study

For the most current listings, explore Guilford’s Majors and Minors webpage.

African and African American Studies
Business Administration
Community and Justice Studies
Comprehensive Secondary Science Education
Computing Technology and Information Systems
Creative Writing
Criminal Justice
Cyber and Network Security
Education Studies
English and Media Studies
Environmental Studies
Exercise and Sport Sciences
Experience Design
Forensic Biology
Geology and Earth Sciences
Health Sciences
Integrative Studies
International Studies
Modern Language Studies (French, German, Japanese, Spanish)
Peace and Conflict Studies
Political Science
Public Health
Religious Studies
Sociology and Anthropology
Sport Management
Sustainable Food Systems
Theatre Studies
Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Pre-professional programs are available at Guilford not as academic majors but rather as preparatory experiences connected with academic majors:

Pre-Physical Therapy
Pre-Physican Assistant
Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Campus Life
  • Participate in 50-plus student-run clubs and organizations that include everything from Surf Club to PRIDE to Entrepreneurship Club. Get involved in theater or music ensembles, or be part of the award-winning student newspaper or 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.

Varsity Sports

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 (ODAC).
  • Women’s varsity sports include: basketball, cross-country, lacrosse, rugby, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field, triathlon, and volleyball.
  • Men’s varsity sports include: baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, and track and field.
  • Guilford also offers club sports including cheerleading, Ultimate Frisbee, and rugby, among others, as well as a variety of intramural sports.

Life After College
  • Guilford graduates are prepared for life after college, as evidenced by 85% of our alumni attending graduate school or having full-time employment within six months of graduation. Our pre-professional students also experience a 75% admission rate to medical school (well above the 47% national average), and at least 90% of our Education Studies students are hired to teach within a year of graduation.
  • Guilfordians have or are currently attending medical school at UNC Chapel Hill, University of Dundee, Scotland, University of Texas at Austin, Johns Hopkins University, and many more.
  • Graduates have also or are now attending law school at Duke University, Georgetown University, Elon University, Northeastern University, Wake Forest University, and many more.
  • Guilford alumni are living their passions all over the world. Biology major Darby Kozan is pursuing a Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins University. Business Administration major Julian Humes is pursuing a career in finance at Credit Suisse. Education Studies major Marimar Mantuano is teaching public school in the Bronx. English and Media Studies major Beatriz Caldas performed an internship at Disney World before heading to graduate school at City University New York. Chemistry major Carrie Shropshire is attending medical school at Campbell University. Find more alumni success stories at

Academic Profile of Entering Class
  • There are 376 students in the fall 2020 first-year class.
  • The class is 51 male, 49% female, and 50% students of color.
  • Their top academic interests are Health Sciences, Business Management, Biology, Criminal Justice, and Exercise and Sports Science.