It’s often the things admissions materials don’t tell you that turn out to be the most important parts of college life. While it’s always best to visit campus and meet the people who make Guilford special, here are four things our graduates and students say are unique to the Guilford experience.
Engaged learning with an emphasis on ethics.
The book Colleges that Change Lives calls Guilford a “stimulating place where the teachers care, where they expect a lot, and where they provide encouragement as well as the challenge to get young people to do things they had no idea they could do.” Our curriculum is writing-intensive and asks you to apply ethics and knowledge to real-life issues. It fosters the development of innovative leaders and communicators who excel in a variety of educational and professional fields.
One Guilford grad described Guilford as a place where students question answers as much as they answer questions. Self-expression and communications are important to a Guilford education.
You may choose to participate in civic engagement and leadership studies through one of our leadership programs– Bonner Scholars, Quaker Leadership Scholars Program, or the Center for Principled Problem Solving. Prepare to be transformed.
Building on our Quaker foundations.
Our Quaker founders were people of principle. We try to maintain that principled approach. Everyone is on a first-name basis. We respect all faiths and ways of life. Acceptance, tolerance, and civility are important here. Our core values of Community, Diversity, Equality, Excellence, Integrity, Justice and Stewardship come right out of the Quaker principles.
Learning and living in a diverse community.
As small liberal arts colleges go, Guilford ranks near the top of its class in diversity. Not only are we ethnically and geographically diverse, Guilford students range in age and background. Occasionally you will have juniors and seniors from The Early College at Guilford, as well as adult students, in your classes, making the experience especially dynamic. Outside the classroom, you’ll share dorms and campus activities with other traditional-aged students.
Our campus, location, and sustainability.
We’re talking about a beautiful 300-acre wooded campus that’s well over a century old on the edge of a thriving metropolitan area (pop. 1.4 million). Unlike liberal arts colleges situated in small towns, Guilford offers internship and work opportunities nearby, along with many cultural and social activities.
Guilford’s sustainability features include the largest collection of solar panels for heating water on any college campus and a small farm that grows produce for our dining hall. Students volunteer to work in the garden or simply enjoy the fruits (and vegetables) of the farmer’s labors. The garden is a small but growing part of our sustainability efforts.
Piedmont Triad International Airport is just 10 minutes from campus. 50 flights a day connect you to New York, Atlanta, Boston, and Chicago. Amtrak from Greensboro gets you to Raleigh-Durham or Charlotte in no time at all.
- Camilla Meek