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Reviews 336 total reviews with an average rating of 3.3

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Guilford is not a big campus which makes it easy to get around. The atmosphere is very vibrant and positive.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Some favorite spots, nothing extraordinary though. Tara Thai is a fave, Carolina Diner is open late and well as JJs. though both are not healthy really. Downtown is where the real variety is, and on the way there.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: It could be much worse so I shouldn't complain, but they are generally okay. Parking tickets are everywhere and ridiculously annoying to deal with/appeal, and most students aren't parking recklessly it's just there are not nearly enough CLEAR parking signs if people are really not supposed to park there. Psafe is nice unless they aren't, I suppose. Being smart is really key, students should be fine if they think clearly about doing anything. Luckily the process after violating the honor code is forgiving and constructive, focusing on moving forward rather than punishment, something really important that I appreciate here.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I wouldn't say great exactly but it definitely wasn't bad or just okay. I got the aid I needed, but I definitely could have used more. What I really don't like is seeing very well-off students who are also walking around with decent scholarships, that could be given to others (not necessarily myself at all) that really would need it more.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: In comparison to other schools. As with anything else, it is what you make of it. You can go to a Guilford party and have a blast, or go and have a super horrible time. I personally liked it a lot, but now as a sophomore I am disinterested in the parties and am more interested in staying in/sleeping. Luckily for me it's not extremely rowdy all night all weekend, which is saying something about the scene in itself. The parties here were much better last year though.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: I say great because it is better than unhealthy food provided at other campuses. The food here is not always great, but at least they attempt to provide decent, wholesome meals daily. The Grill/Quakeria on the other hand really diminishes the overall look of the campus food options, most options are not very freshly prepared or healthy, and you get tired of them VERY quickly. Also the worst thing about dining options is that you CANNOT get anything on campus to eat after 11pm. I don't understand that, this college campus has a lot of people awake/hungry after that time still so something ought to be done.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It is not as great as it could be, the housing price does not fit the dorms themselves for the most part. But cleanliness is okay, the dorms with cleaning crews are well kept but other less frequently cleaned places are not that orderly. It is okay. Social atmosphere does little to create feelings of community. Best options are Binford (for freshman), Shore, Mary Hobbs, and English. The Olds and News are alright, but not as clean. Milner needs significant improvement. Housing process is okay, can be difficult at times. Cost needs to be looked at again for the actual value of the spaces.

2 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I don't think that our Safety services are being aimed at the areas of issues. Public safety focuses more on busting dorm gatherings and parking violations than things that are actually important and will keep out campus safer.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are not many discounts available to students. But there are a few places to eat that are close to campus.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I am not impressed with Guilford's housing at all. The best options are the apartments and they are so terribly expensive it's not worth it.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Greensboro is a great town for college students because there are 4 or 5 college all close together. The airport is close, there are some great places to eat, and plenty of night life. The trick is to actually peel yourself and your friends out of the Guilford Bubble and get out/off campus as much as possible.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Athletics are a huge part of what makes the school a real college.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: There are some weekends (i.e. Halloween, Homecoming, Football Championships, Serendipity...) that are really fun. It seems like theres a lot going on during those special occasions. But if it's just a normal weekend, everything is really secluded to individual sporting teams and "invite only" apartment get-togethers.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: My financial aid counselor is a very nice, helpful person. However, the school just did not do a very good job of determining my need right away. My EFC is ZERO and they did not give me a scholarship that matched my GPA and EFC coming out of high school. Even after I requested more aid, I still owed the school money to register for classes and then found out they were holding back even more aid from me.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Lol varisty sports. The football team along makes up roughly 10% of the student population, so crossing paths with an athlete is inevitable.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Again, it is an average place, with average food and average discounts.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Guilford is pretty lenient with their financial aid, so most students are satisfied with their aid. Now that doesn't constitute that they're content with the bang that their getting for their bucks. A lot of the students that I've interacted with (myself included) have iterated that they chose Guilford because they gave up the most money. I understand that Guilford College wants to attract more students, but generosity within financial aid is going to be very problematic in the long run. The school is already starting to show signs that indicate financial hardships for the institution.

3 College Freshman

Academics: As with any four year college/university, the class difficulty and course material are in some ways going to be challenging and, to some, might require persistence and an assiduous time management regiment. Guilford has embarked on a slight and subtle decline based on the comments I've heard from both faculty and students regarding the quality of the education. These comments, I'm assuming, are direct results of poor budgeting, budget cuts, along with poor professor selection.

2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Guilford College is one of the oldest co-educational institutions in the country, so the building's exteriors obviously show signs of aging and in some ways, restrained efforts of renovation. The interior of most of the buildings have been renovated and in some ways modified to mimic the authentic, antique feel of it's brick exterior counterpart.

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2 College Freshman

Local Area: Guilford College is located along the outskirts of Greensboro, secluded from UNC Greensboro -- a much larger campus that actually feels like a college (although their acceptance rate is much lower than ours lol) -- and downtown Greensboro, which in my opinion, isn't an exemplary metropolitan area. I'm from the San Francisco Bay Area so Downtown Greensboro might be the shit to those who have never really ventured out of the area, although most citizens seems to be reclusive to Greensboro. Clubs suck, food's decent, friendly people.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: It's not too bad. The P.Safe (Public Safety) team is comprised of a group of mostly understanding people that are always willing to work and negotiate with you, but this is conditional. They're rather prudent in the way they approach most situations regarding student misconduct.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Guilford College has many assets and perks to it. Small classroom sizes, small campus, and party curfews account for most of the positives at GC. Guilford was once known for it burning desire for promoting change through activism and of course the famous Quaker meetings, but has since suppressed the flame. More and more students are becoming unsatisfied with Guilford, resulting in a slow but steadily increasing retention rate every cycle. Not too sure which direction Guilford will be following within the next decade or so, but I don't plan on being part of any of it.

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2 College Junior

Majors: There are very limited programs at Guilford, because of the fact that it's a small liberal arts school. Many students transfer out once they realize that Guilford doesn't have the program that they want.

2 College Junior

Campus Housing: All of the dorms are old and worn down. Particularly Bryan Hall, which many students compare to a prison cell. In addition, the outdoor steps leading to the upper floors are rusted and beginning to cave in, which i'm pretty sure is a safety hazard.

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2 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are so many hole-in-the-wall restaurants in Greensboro that you would never even know about unless you randomly happened upon a shopping center and decided to try a new place. There are so many different ethnic options with authentic food that is also delicious. I recommend getting off-campus and exploring the dining options.

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Guilford is a wonderful place to be if you are looking for a small liberal arts college experience. Guilford does not attract the types of people who go to standard, huge state schools with flourishing Greek scenes and near-professional football programs. In many different respects, students adore their school, the atmosphere, and their peers. Guilford allows (and expects) you to be independent academically, but you must be willing to work to get the most out of your education here. Although it is a good bit harder to "slip through the cracks" at Guilford, it is certainly possible to fail out. The majority of students feels sufficiently and appropriately challenged academically, although some say it all really depends on your department. Others don't bother to do the work and take the easiest classes possible, and as a result, end up taking extra years to graduate, complaining about it all the while. Those who are happy tend to make the most out of their time on campus. Get involved in the Guilford community, have fun, and try to do most of your work.

Guilford students are good at voicing their opinions. Sometimes this is productive, while other times concerns and suggestions are disregarded by the College altogether. Pay attention to changes that happen, and state your opinion as a student. Guilford's traditional ideals are geared toward community involvement in major decisions that affect all that are connected to the College. Despite any gripes that students have with Guilford, most think that the other aspects outweigh the negatives. Guilford is a place to meet interesting people and make devoted friends for life. Nearly all that have spent time at Guilford depart with a distinct fondness for some part of the experience. Students tend to leave the College fulfilled, mentally and physically exhausted, and full of pride for their alma mater and degree.

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