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.

Application Instructions for Transfer Students

Guilford College welcomes students who are currently attending other colleges and universities but wish to finish their bachelor’s degree here. To be considered for admission to Guilford College, transfer students must have a minimum 2.5 GPA from their current institution and submit the following:

Submit a completed online application (either the Guilford College Application or the Common Application). 
Supply official college transcript(s)
personal essay
Submit a personal essay that explains why you want to attend Guilford College
Dean of students form
Students must be in satisfactory academic and social standing to be considered for admission to Guilford College. Please have your dean of students review, sign and mail an official copy of this form to the Office of Admission (we will not accept a faxed or emailed copy): Dean of Students Form
Test Scores
If you have earned less than 30 semester hours at other institutions, you must supply your high school transcripts in addition to either SAT I (Guilford SAT code: 5261) or ACT (Guilford ACT code: 3106) scores OR an academic portfolio of two writing samples, at least one of which must be a graded expository written work.
Optional Admission ITems
Letters of Recommendation
Recommendation letters are optional

Application Deadlines for Transfer 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. 


Rolling Admission
all application materials received by:
June 1
find out admission decision:
Three weeks after application completion date
submit $250 enrollment deposit by:
July 1 
If you are applying for need-based financial aid, you should submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Guilford’s FAFSA code is 002931.


Rolling Admission 
all application materials received by:
december 1
find out admission decision by:
three weeks after application completion date 
submit $250 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). Guilford’s FAFSA code is 002931.

Transfer Student Classification
First-Year Students
Transferring in with 0-24 semester credits 
Transferring in with 25-55 semester credits
Transferring in with 56-87 semester credits
Transferring in with 88+ semester credits

Transferring Credits

As a transfer student, you will receive credit for courses you’ve taken at accredited junior colleges, community colleges, four-year colleges and universities. Up to 64 semester hours of credit is allowed from two-year institutions. There is no limit to the number of semester hours that may transfer from regionally accredited four-year colleges. Credit is allowed only for courses with a grade of “C-” or higher.

While Guilford is based on a four-credit-hour system, three-credit-hour classes are accepted.

To graduate, students must complete a minimum of 32 semester credits at Guilford College and satisfy all degree requirements. A minimum of 128 semester credits is required to graduate and at least half of the major (16 credits) must be taken at Guilford.

Important Information for Transfer Students

  • Complete the online housing form for either on-campus or off-campus living. You must register for housing in order to receive the correct statement of charges.
  • Arrange to have AP score reports sent (if applicable). We do not give credit for AP scores based on another school’s transcript. The official score report must be sent to Guilford.
  • Contact Mick Anderson with updated contact information (email and cell phone number) for the summer. This is important to ensure necessary communications are received.
  • Submit your student health form prior to registering for academic courses.