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 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.

Application Instructions for International Students

If your attendance at Guilford College is your first time at a tertiary institution AFTER secondary school, you are considered a first-year student. 

Students who have attended a tertiary college or university in the U.S. or another country and now plan to attend Guilford College are considered transfer students.

To be considered for admission to Guilford College, international students must submit:

 Requirements for international First Year Students
Application
The Common Application
Official transcripts
Official transcripts of all academic coursework to date, including certificates of completion, external examination results and/or diplomas must be mailed to the admission office. If your final year of education is still in progress at the time of your application, submit any and all documentation you have up to this time. Guilford College requires properly certified English translations of transcripts for review
Certificate of Finances
Provide a complete and true Certificate of Finances (COF). We encourage you to reference the COF Instructions. U.S. Immigration requires that all international students submit a Certificate of Finances indicating ability to cover their educational costs prior to issuance of the I-20 document used to secure a student visa 
Personal Essay
A personal essay that explains why you want to attend Guilford College, which can be sumbitted through the Common Application.
TOEFL or IELTS score report
Non-native English-speaking international students must provide documentation of their English proficiency. See the Demonstrating English Proficiency section for further information
Optional Admission Items
Letter(s) of Recommendation
One or more Letters of Recommendation are recommended but not required for admission evaluation
SAT I or ACT scores
Can be beneficial for obtaining scholarships
American citizens living abroad must also use the Common Application. American citizens living abroad do not need a Certificate of Finances, but do need to demonstrate English proficiency if English is not their first language.

Requirements for International Transfer Students
Application
The Common Application
Official Transcripts
Official transcripts of your tertiary academic work from each college or university attended. Guilford College requires properly certified English translations of transcripts for review. Transcripts must be verified by World Education Services
Certificate of Finances
Provide a complete and true Certificate of Finances (COF). We encourage you to reference the COF Instructions. U.S. Immigration requires that all international students submit a Certificate of Finances indicating ability to cover their educational costs prior to issuance of the I-20 document used to secure a student visa
Personal Essay
A personal essay that explains why you want to attend Guilford College, which can be submitted through the Common Application.
Visa Clearance
The Visa Clearance Form
Dean of Students form
If you have attended a college or University in the United States and plan to attend Guilford College, please submit a completed Dean of Students Form
Transcripts
If you have completed less than one full year (or 30 semester hours) at a University, please also submit transcripts of all academic coursework to date, including certificates of completion, external examination results and/or diplomas
TOEFL or IELTS score report

Non-native English-speaking international students must provide documentation of their English proficiency. See the Demonstrating English Proficiency section for further information
Optional Admission Items
Letter(s) of Recommendation
One or more Letters of Recommendation are recommended but not required for admission evaluation

Application Deadlines

A student’s application and all required supporting materials must be received by the Admission Office 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.