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.