Greensboro, NC
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4 College Student

Diversity: Diversity at the school is good compared to other small liberal colleges but this being said most of the diversity comes from the sports teams (football).

4 College Freshman

Diversity: The student body is farely diverse racially and people come from a lot of different places. No matter what back ground you have though there is a very open and accepting attitude on campus

3 College Junior

Diversity: My school strives for diversity in which we have all types of race and ethnicity attending here. Everyone is usally nice to each other and get along well with one another.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are people from many different backgrounds at Guilford, but there is still of a lot of judgement and racial tension.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: The football players bring the diversity but otherwise it is just a bunch of the weird, i mean really weird kids from high school. if you don't fit in in high school, this is the place for you. Seriously. There are plenty of gays here, and it seems like most people from here come from poorer backgrounds.


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  • 85th
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  • 492nd
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  • 1311st
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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Elizabeth C. Laird
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Guilford seems to have great diversity of mind and perspective, although most people are on the liberal side of the spectrum. The activist groups are very devoted to causes they see as critical. Trips to political protests have been quite common over the last decade, as have steady pushes toward voter registration. Another yearly trip is to the SOA (School of the Americas) protest in Georgia. The general student population seems to care about recycling, as well. There are normally groups of two trash cans throughout campus: one for trash, the other for recyclable items. The dumpsters near each residence hall also include one for recycling and another for trash. It is rare to see students blatantly littering on campus. A considerable population of students have vegetarian, vegan, and organic-based diets.

There is a good diversity of people from all over the country, although often North Carolinians are attracted to the College. As in most groups gathered from around the country, people enjoy exploring regional differences in speech, tradition, and lifestyle. As for racial diversity, groups do not always mix as well as they could, but it is in no way a threatening environment for minorities. In general, people get along and are usually friendly to one another.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Two or More Races
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • Georgia
  • Maryland
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Virginia
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 5%
18-19: 26%
20-21: 25%
22-24: 10%
25+: 34%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 7%
Asian American: 1%
Hispanic: 3%
International: 6%
Native American: 0%
White: 80%
Unknown: 2%
Gay Pride
The Guilford community is very open to all students, regardless of sexual preference. They are a presence on campus, but not an overwhelming one. The students are visible, vocal, and generally feel comfortable. PRIDE has a significant membership.
Political Activity
Guilford likes to consider itself extremely politically active and interested in current events. Guilford students are relentlessly liberal, and Democrats may find that they are even sometimes less extreme than other students.
Economic Status
Most Guilford students come from middle-class backgrounds, although there are people from both economic extremes. Those who are rich do not tend to flaunt it. Many people come from hippie and liberal parents, and sometimes want to act as if they could survive being less well-off than they may actually be. A large majority of students has a significant amount of loans or assistance to afford Guilford.
Most Common Religions
Most students are Quaker or are of various Christian denominations. Atheist and agnostic students are also represented. Religious diversity is comfortable on campus. Religious organizations on campus include: GCRO, Guilford Christian Fellowship, Hillel, Muslim Student Association, and Pagan Mysticism.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Blacks Unifying Society (BUS), Hispanos Unidos de Guilford (HUG), and International Club are a few minority organizations on campus.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 19 responses

  • 5% Libertarian
  • 26% Not sure
  • 11% Very conservative
  • 11% Conservative
  • 16% Moderate
  • 21% Liberal
  • 11% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 19 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Conservative
  • 0% Moderate
  • 26% Not sure
  • 37% Liberal
  • 37% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 19 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 20 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 18 responses

  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 0% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 33% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 67% Very accepting.


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