Located in Greensboro, North Carolina, Guilford College sits on a beautiful 340 acre wooded campus complete with trees, brick walkways and a mixture of modern and historical buildings. Situated in the third largest city in North Carolina, the 2,300 students that attend Guilford College can take advantage of the opportunities and activities the city has to offer them, or choose to take part in the numerous activities on campus.
Guilford College was founded upon seven core values. It is these values that the college hopes they will bestow on students upon graduation. The values include; Community, Diversity, Equality, Excellence, Integrity, Justice, and Stewardship. By practicing these the administrators at Guilford College hope that students will gain a better understanding and respect for the world around them.
Guilford College was built on Quaker faith and tradition, both of which can still be felt around campus today. The origins of the school can be traced back to 1837 when the Quakers founded the New Garden Boarding School. Throughout the 1800s the school witnessed many monumental moments of history. One of those moments came when Levi Coffin began helping slaves escape to the North during the civil war. He used the woods next to the campus to hide slaves until it was safe for them to continue on their journey.
The school became known as Guilford College in 1888, making it the fourth oldest degree-granting institution in North Carolina. It is the only Quaker-founded college in the southeastern United States. Although it still upholds the values of the Quakers, the college supports applications from students from all different backgrounds, regions, and religions.
Mirroring the Quaker tradition, Guilford encourages their students to find out who they are, and what interests them. By giving them independence and opportunities to meet and interact with diverse students from around the world, Guilford helps students better understand the direction they want to take in life.
Students can take part in more than 40 organizations and clubs and over 20 varsity sports. Furthermore, they can participate in events unique to the college such as the Eastern Music Festival, the Coming-Out Ball and the Greenleaf Coffee House Co-op.
Students can also take advantage of Greensboro. They can catch a play, dine on fine cuisine or going shopping. They can also get part-time jobs within the city or apply for internships with one of the businesses located in Greeensboro.
A year at Guilford College costs each student $40,000 a year to attend. Over 90% of students receive some form of financial aid whether its through scholarships, grants, or loans. The college is adamant that they don’t want any student to not attend simply due to a lack of funds. Therefore, the financial aid department is committed to working with students to help them fund their education.