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Guilford College

Greensboro, NC 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate96%

Guilford College Admissions

It is moderately difficult to get into Guilford College. The college admitted 96% of all applicants in 2022. Last year, 2,584 students applied to Guilford College and 2,486 were admitted.

If you are considering submitting an application to Guilford College, there is no application fee, which means it is free to apply.

Guilford College Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of Guilford College's admissions stats.

Guilford College 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.1
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 6%
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 13%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 50%
Waitlist No

Guilford College Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Guilford College.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes November 1 November 15
Early Decision II
Early Action Yes December 1 December 15

Want to Apply Early to Guilford College?

Guilford College offers early decision and also offers early action. Early decision is binding, which means you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

🗓️ Early Decision I applications are due by November 1 EDI applicants should receive a decision by November 15.

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is December 1. Guilford College will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 15.

The early decision acceptance rate at Guilford College is 100%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 96%.

Guilford College accepts about 43% of early action applicants and 96% all applicants for all deadlines. Last year, Guilford College admitted 6 of the 6 students who applied early decision. Last year, Guilford College admitted 3 of the 7 who applied early action.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will boost their chances of being offering admission. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase your chance of acceptance, since it demonstrates your interest in a school.

➡️ Find a list of some competetive colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Guilford College Admissions

For applicants who are not residents of North Carolina, getting into Guilford College is moderately difficult.

Transferring to Guilford College

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Guilford College

Guilford College has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Guilford College?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are are most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the admissions factors where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Guilford College

Curious about the factors that are considered by Guilford College during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Application Essay Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Important
Academic GPA Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Class Rank Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Work Experience Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with Guilford College for more information on admission factors.

Guilford College 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to Guilford College, all applicants must submit the following items. Double check with Guilford College's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Transcript of High School Record
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.03

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Guilford College?

Students admitted to Guilford College have an average unweighted GPA of 3.1.

Out of all students that were admitted, 80% submitted a class rank. At Guilford College 6% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 24% were in the top 25% and 53% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Guilford College, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 5%
3.75 and 3.99 9%
3.50 and 3.74 18%
3.25 and 3.49 15%
3.00 and 3.24 13%
2.50 and 2.9 28%
2.00 and 2.49 12%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Guilford College directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Guilford College is a test optional school. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 13% of Guilford College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 50% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Guilford College?

To be competitive with other Guilford College applicants, you should aim to earn between 950 and 1180 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Guilford College 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1180 and 25% of scored lower than 950, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Guilford College students scored 570 or higher and 75% of students scored 460 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Guilford College students scored 620 or higher, and 75% scored a 460 or higher.

To be most competitive at Guilford College, you should strive to earn between 16 and 23 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 23 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Guilford College's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 23, and three out of four students scored lower than 23 on the ACT.

A 16 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Guilford College students. Only one out of every four students scored below 16.

More Information on Transferring to Guilford College

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Guilford College. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Guilford College during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

Guilford College Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Guilford College?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Guilford College.

Does Guilford College accept transfer credits?

✅ Guilford College accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Guilford College accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES • Life Long Learning Credit

Does Guilford College accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Guilford College accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Guilford College?

❌ No, Guilford College is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you should strongly consider submitting them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is Guilford College's acceptance rate?

✅ The acceptance rate for Guilford College is 96%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Guilford College?

✅ Guilford College's early decision acceptance rate was 100% in 2021.

What is the early action acceptance rate at Guilford College?

✅ The early action acceptance rate at Guilford College was 43% in 2021.

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Guilford College Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Guilford College? Guilford College is a somewhat selective institution. The Guilford College acceptance rate is 96%. This means that the institution accepts 96 out of every 100 applicants.


Guilford College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Guilford College is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Guilford College is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Guilford College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

950 - 1180


Math SAT Range

450 - 570


Reading SAT Range

460 - 620

Guilford College GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Guilford College, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.14. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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