Admission

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.

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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.

Application Instructions for First-Year Students

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

Requirements 
Application
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.
Recommendation
 Supply at least one academic Letter of Recommendation.
early decision agreement 
Submit the Early Decision Agreement only if you are choosing to apply to Guilford College using the binding Early Decision Plan. 
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. 

Fall 2016

Early Decision (binding)
 All application materials due by:
November 1
find out admission decision by: 
November 15
Submit (non-refundable) $400 enrollment deposit by: 
December 1 
If Guilford is your top choice, you may choose to apply Early Decision. You must also submit the Early Decision Agreement. If you are admitted to Guilford through Early Decision, you are agreeing to withdraw applications to other colleges, and you must submit your non-refundable enrollment deposit to Guilford by December 1. You can calculate an estimate of your cost by using the Net Price Calculator. If you are applying for need-based financial aid, you should submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 15. Guilford’s FAFSA code is 002931. 
Early Action (non-binding)
 All application materials due by:
December 1
find out admission decision by: 
December 31
Submit $400 enrollment deposit by: 
May 1 
If Guilford is one of your top choices, you may choose to apply Early Action. If you are admitted to Guilford through Early Action, you have until May 1 to make your final decision and submit your enrollment deposit. 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. If you are applying for need-based financial aid, you should submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 15. Guilford’s FAFSA code is 002931.
Regular Decision (non-binding and rolling)
Students who apply Regular Decision will be reviewed on a rolling basis and will be notified of their admission decision within three weeks of their application file completion. If you are admitted to Guilford through Regular Decision, you have until May 1 to make your final decision and submit your enrollment deposit. 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. If you are applying for need-based financial aid, you should submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 15. Guilford’s FAFSA code is 002931.

Spring 2016

Regular Decision
All application materials received by: 
December 1
Find out admission decision by: 
December 15 
Submit enrollment deposit by:
January 1 
If you are applying for need-based financial aid, you should submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by November 1. Guilford’s FAFSA code is 002931.