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 (2 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 Admission Office 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 examined closely, as well.

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.

Former Guilford College students who wish to re-enroll must gain approval from the Office of Admission. Students who were academically separated from Guilford College must also receive approval from the Associate Academic Dean. The Application for Readmission will be forwarded to the Academic Dean’s Office for approval, if necessary. Please be aware that all prior balances must be cleared before a student will be readmitted to the College.

If you were enrolled at Guilford College and left for any reason other than to attend a Guilford-run or Guilford-affiliated study abroad program, you must apply for readmission using the Application for Readmission.

Application Deadlines
For students planning to return in January 2014
Applications must be received by October 15 for a decision by November 1 or after October 15 for a decision within four weeks. No applications will be accepted for spring semester after November 15, 2013.
For students planning to return in june 2014
Applications must be received by March 15 for a decision by April 1 or after March 15 for a decision within four weeks. No applications will be accepted for summer semester after April 1, 2014.
For students planning to return in august 2014 
Applications must be received by March 15 for a decision by April 1 or after March 15 for a decision within four weeks. No applications will be accepted for fall semester after July 1, 2014.