Guilford College Off the Record (NC)

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College Prowler’s guide, Guilford College Off the Record, will provide you with a helpful resource on the basics of Guilford College with statistics and lists. However, in addition, it will give you a window into some of the internal activities and exclusive social circles on campus. This book will most definitely deter or spark your interest in Guilford, as well as provide a guide—or starter’s manual, if you will—for success if you decide to attend.

When I was selecting a college, I visited institutions all over the country. I was searching for a place where a unique and interesting community existed. I wanted a college that was engaging in, not only the academic, but also the social realm.

I found it all at GuilCo. Overall, Guilford College is a positive place to spend four years of your life. Guilford has become a haven for students who are motivated, sincere, eccentric, and perhaps, even a little strange. Students here enjoy invigorating liberal arts college experiences among an oasis of towering ancient oaks surrounded by a growing metropolitan area. The ever-growing Greensboro College Consortium, consisting of eight colleges and universities in Greensboro, provides the area with youthful energy, and also gives Guilford students endless options when registering for classes—cross-registration between the colleges is quite common.

Guilford may not be as well known as some larger southern universities, but it is steadily gaining a reputation as one of the best liberal arts schools in the country. Throughout the years, it has remained one of the many well-respected centers of higher education in North Carolina. Although Guilford is growing bigger and steadily changing, the setting and tradition remain as a solid foundation to keep the ideals of a Quaker institution alive. The strong sense of community, student involvement, and dedication still breed graduate classes with diverse intentions to change the world. Guilford creates experiences that are sure to influence the rest of your life. This may not necessarily be due to the direct involvement of the administration, but instead the environment intrinsic to the college itself. No matter how you view GuilCo, it is a remarkable place.

To possible future Guilford students, I sincerely hope this book provides you with the information you need to make a comfortable and content decision.

Elizabeth Laird
Guilford College

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