#11 Best Private Colleges in North Carolina

Guilford College

Greensboro, North Carolina

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Guilford College overview
Location Greensboro, North Carolina
Online guilford.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Large City
Religious Affiliation Friends
Guilford College overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad
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Guilford College, located in Greensboro, North Carolina, is a private liberal arts institution established by the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in 1837. Set on a 340-acre campus characterized by abundant green spaces and historical buildings reflecting Quaker simplicity and modern design, the college provides a serene academic setting not far from the urban amenities of Greensboro. Guilford is known for its commitment to experiential learning and a personalized education, typically offering a range of undergraduate programs with particular strengths in Business, Education, and Sustainability. Guilford operates on a rolling admissions policy and is categorized as generally selective. The college offers campus housing options, including traditional residence halls, apartments, and houses, to foster a close-knit living community. Guilford College competes in NCAA Division III athletics as the Quakers, with a focus on a range of sports but without a particular emphasis on athletic renown.

In the most recent statistical year 3,397 prospective students applied, and 2,837 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 395 enrolled in the school.  1,124 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 43 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $40,400 plus fees of $740. Guilford College is ranked 696 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Guilford College is rated within the lower 44% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 5 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

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SAT 910/1180
ACT 18/25
GPA 3.14

Applications Accepted

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Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $0

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Guilford College
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,270
Other Fees$740
Room and Board $12,900
Budget for Other Expenses$1,500
Total One Year Cost$56,810

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$40,300 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

60% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Guilford College students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 22%
Social Sciences 10%
Psychology 9%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting 9%
Biology 8%

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