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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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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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2 College Junior

Local Area: the area surrounding campus is pretty ugly and they're putting a giant walmart in across the street, so as soon as you leave campus everything looks drab. fortunately, the campus itself is very beautiful.

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4 College Freshman

Local Area: Greensboro is an up and coming city.

3 College Student

Local Area: Greensboro has some very cool things to offer but aside from that it is advertised as a great college town but it is not.


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Some call Greensboro a college town, but others insist that it's anything but. It really depends on how much time you spend at the local college hangouts, such as the trendy and popular Tate Street. There is a great arts and culture scene, but you have to actually get off campus and venture into other parts of the city to find it. Many students are quite satisfied with the numerous activities on campus and stay absorbed in the "Guilford Bubble." The other colleges in the area also have events that are open to both Guilford students and the public, such as speakers, theater performances, and art galleries. Other colleges and universities in Greensboro include: Bennett College (all women), University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), Greensboro College, North Carolina A&T State University, and Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC). The surrounding Triad and Triangle areas are interesting destinations for day trips or visits to friends at other large colleges such as Duke, Wake Forest, Chapel Hill, or Elon. There is a thriving local music scene that extends throughout the Triad and the Triangle. There are local concerts every weekend somewhere in Greensboro. Big names and underground performers alike come through the area often, if not in Greensboro, then within a driveable distance. Music patrons carpool and even "bikepool" to shows around town. Check out Go Triad and other local publications for concert calendars and other local events.

Greensboro isn't the biggest of cities, but there are enough strip mall urban sprawl centers (Wendover, Four Seasons Town Centre) mixed in with neat local stores (College Hill, downtown) that you can get close to anything you want. There's a lot to do in Greensboro, but you have to be willing to get off your butt and look.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Confederate President Jefferson Davis held two meetings of his cabinet in Greensboro in April 1865.
  2. The 'boro has five colleges and universities with a total enrollment of around 27,000 students.
  3. Downtown was the site of the first sit-ins of the Civil Rights Movement in 1960.
  4. Greensboro was named for the Revolutionary War hero Nathanael Greene.
  5. The Greensboro red camellia japonica is the official flower.
  6. There are Underground Railroad sites on campus.
  7. The graveyard across the street has members of both sides of the Revolutionary War buried in it due to the Quaker influence.
Notable Natives
  • Chris Daughtry – "American Idol" contestant
  • Rick Dees – radio "Weekly Top 40" DJ
  • O. Henry – short story writer
  • Ken Jeong – actor
  • Dolley Payne Madison – first lady
  • Edward R. Murrow – CBS anchor
Local Slang
  • The (Piedmont) Triad: Greensboro, Winston-Salem, High Point
  • The (Research) Triangle: Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill
  • The 'boro, G'boro, GSO: All short for Greensboro
  • Coke: Used to refer to any soft drink, not just Coca Cola, even though Pepsi is local
  • Sweet tea: Sweetened iced tea
  • Tate: Anywhere in the UNCG, Tate Street area
  • The Teeter/Tweeter: The Harris Teeter grocery store across the street from campus
  • Wendover: Referring to the entire strip-mall area off/on Wendover Road
Points of Interest
  • Green Hill Center for NC Art
  • Greensboro Arboretum
  • Guilford Courthouse National Military Park
  • Historic downtown
  • International Civil Rights Center & Museum
  • Jefferson Pilot Building
  • New Garden Friends Meeting
  • Tate Street
  • Weatherspoon Art Museum
Shopping Centers
  • Four Seasons Town Centre
  • Friendly Center
Movie Theaters
Carmike 18 Cinema
4822 Koger Blvd.
(336) 851-0960
Movie Theaters
Carousel Cinema
1305 Battleground Ave.
(336) 230-1620
Movie Theaters
Cinemark Brassfield Cinema 10
2101 New Garden Road
(800) 326-3264
Movie Theaters
Regal Greensboro Grande Stadium 16
3205 Northline Ave.
(336) 297-9440
Major Sports Teams
  • Carolina Dynamo: USL Premier Development League (soccer)
  • Chrysler Classic of Greensboro: Golf
  • Greensboro Grasshoppers: Minor league baseball
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Asheville, N.C.: : 2 hours, 30 minutes
  • Chapel Hill, N.C.: : 1 hour
  • Charlotte, N.C.: : 1 hour, 30 minutes
  • Durham, N.C.: : 1 hour

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 20 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 22 responses

  • 23% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 41% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 9% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 27% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 0% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 20 responses

  • 65% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 30% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 5% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 21 responses

  • 14% Totally.
  • 71% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 14% No way.


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