The Guilford Advantage

Guilford’s commitment to the core values of its Quaker heritage forms the foundation of the Guilford advantage. Among the many benefits of attending Guilford, alumni tout the College’s devotion to engaged learning, diversity, sustainability, flexible class schedules and Quaker testimonies.

Here are five things our graduates and students say are unique to the Guilford experience:

Engaged Learning with an Emphasis on Ethics

The book Colleges that Change Lives calls Guilford 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.” Our writing-intensive curriculum challenges you to apply ethics and knowledge to real-life issues and fosters the development of innovative leaders and communicators who learn the skills to excel in a variety of educational and professional fields.

One Guilford grad described Guilford as a place where students question answers as much as they answer questions. Self-expression and communication are important pillars in a Guilford education.

You may choose to participate in civic engagement and leadership studies through one of our leadership programs– Bonner Scholars, Quaker Leadership Scholars Program, or the Center for Principled Problem Solving. Prepare to be transformed. 

Building on our Quaker Foundations

Our Quaker founders were people of principle. We try to maintain that principled approach. Everyone is on a first-name basis. We respect all faiths and ways of life. Acceptance, tolerance, and civility come first here. Our core values of Community, Diversity, Equality, Excellence, Integrity, Justice and Stewardship are derived and inspired from the founding Quaker principles.

Learning and Living in a Diverse Community

As small liberal arts colleges go, Guilford ranks near the top of its class in diversity. Not only are we ethnically and geographically diverse, but Guilford students range in age and come from a variety of backgrounds. Occasionally you will have juniors and seniors from The Early College at Guilford as well as adult students in your classes, making your classroom experience especially dynamic. Outside the classroom, you’ll share dorms and campus activities with other traditional-aged students.

Our Campus, Location and Sustainability

We’re talking about a beautiful 300-acre wooded campus that’s well over a century old on the edge of a thriving metropolitan area (pop. 1.4 million). Unlike liberal arts colleges situated in small towns, Guilford offers internship and work opportunities nearby, along with many cultural and social activities for you to explore and engage in.

Guilford’s sustainability features include the largest collection of solar panels for heating water on any college campus and a small farm that grows produce for our dining hall. Students volunteer to work in the garden or simply enjoy the fruits (and vegetables) of the farmers' labors. The Guilford farm is a small but growing part of our sustainability efforts.

Piedmont Triad International Airport is just 10 minutes from campus. 50 flights a day connect you to major hub ports like New York, Atlanta, Boston, and Chicago. Amtrak from downtown Greensboro gets you to Raleigh-Durham or Charlotte in no time at all or choose to ride to any of the hundreds of stops across the country.

Learn more about how Opportunity Thrives in Greensboro.

Flexible Class Schedules

Guilford schedules classes six days a week from 8:30 am to 10 pm during the regular school year and from 10 am to 10 pm in the summer. This way, your schedule allows for more flexibility if you want to have a part-time job or an internship while taking classes. Your options are open at Guilford.