Test Optional Policy

Guilford is a test-optional college, which means that applicants have the option to submit an academic portfolio of written work (two additional writing samples, including a graded writing sample) in lieu of SAT or ACT scores. Along with transcripts and standardized test scores or an academic portfolio, we consider each applicant’s extracurricular activities, including service or volunteer work, personal essay and letters of recommendation from teachers and counselors. Students applying test-optionally must check the “Test Optional” box on the application for admission or contact the Office of Admission and submit their academic portfolio of writing, along with the Test Optional Form.


The greatest emphasis in the admission process is placed on an applicant’s four years of high school achievement, including whether the applicant chose to take honors, Advanced Placement and/or International Baccalaureate courses, if available. Because Guilford College is a writing intensive environment, an applicant’s preparation in this area is also closely examined.

Please note:  We cannot process your application until we receive all of your transcripts, test scores and your essay. If you decide not to attend Guilford after you submit your enrollment deposit, the deposit is refundable if the request is received in writing by May 1 .

Application Instructions for First-Year Students

To be considered for admission to Guilford College, first-year students who are U.S. citizens must: 

Submit a completed online application (either the Guilford College Application or the Common Application). 
Transcripts and Test Scores

Supply your official high school transcripts, college transcripts, GED scores, if applicable, via the Secondary School Report Form and either your SAT I (Guilford SAT Code: 5261) or ACT (Guilford ACT Code: 3106) scores OR an academic portfolio of two additional writing samples, at least one of which must be a graded expository written work.

Application Essay 
 Submit a personal essay.
 Supply at least one academic Letter of Recommendation.
Home Schooled Applicants Only

Home schooled applicants must also submit the following: 

  1. A junior/senior year reading list.   
  2. Transcript or course/curriculum descriptions presented in an easy to read format. At a minimum, applicants should have academic units in the following areas:   English (4), mathematics (3), natural science (3-4), foreign language (2-4), history (3) 
  3. Resume of activities
  4. Recommendation from a non-family member (such as employer, coach, minister/clergy)
  5. Required interview. Please contact the Office of Admission to schedule
  6. A brief description of factors that led to your decision to home school    

Application Deadlines for First-Year Students

A student’s application and all required supporting materials must be received by the Office of Admission by the dates listed below to receive notification of the admission decision.  

Early action admission means that Guilford College is one of your top choices for higher learning. Applying early action means that your application will be evaluated in the first round of admission decisions. You may be admitted, denied or deferred to the pool of candidates in the regular decision round. If you are admitted during the early action stage, you have until May 1, the common reply date, to inform Guilford if you will attend. 

Early Action I
For students entering in August of 2015, applications must be received by November 15, 2014 to receive notification in December.
Early Action II
For students entering in August of 2015, applications must be received by January 15, 2015 to receive notification in February.
Regular Decision

For students entering in August of 2015, applications must be received by February 15, 2015 to receive notification in March. Applications received after March will be reviewed and admitted (if appropriate) on a space available basis.

For students entering in January of 2015, applications must be received by November 15, 2014. 

Important Deadlines for First-Year Students

Once you’ve been admitted to Guilford College, submit your $400 enrollment deposit as soon as possible but no later than May 1 by either calling the Office of Admission at 800.992.7759 or by sending the deposit to the Office of Admission.

Please review the admission calendar for more important dates for admitted students.