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While Guilford College is far from perfect, someQuite BrightHistory/Histories (art history/etc.)
While Guilford College is far from perfect, some of the negative comments on here distort the reality of some of the great aspects of being a Guilfordian. I graduated in 2014 with a double major in History and Religious Studies, and along the way took classes in a number of different fields, some with professors were only ok, some who were poor teachers, and some who were phenomenal (especially Damon Akins, Eric Mortensen, and the late Jeff Jeske) who captivated me with their depth of knowledge and passion for their field of study. Some of the other commenters mentioned Anti-Semitism as an issue. I am not from a Jewish family background, but contemplated converting to Judaism as a student at Guilford (I am half Arab Muslim on my father's and British Christian on my mother's) and never witnessed any kind of virulent anti-semitism on campus. There is an active SJP (Student's for Justice in Palestine) on campus which tries to raise awareness of social justice issues in that region and supports BDS, but that is not the same as Anti-Semitism.

As for the others commenting on the Student body roughly following into either stoned out druggies, athletes, or close-minded SJWs this is inaccurate. There is drug use here as there is on most campuses but it it is far from ubiquitous. There are many different kinds of individuals at Guilford with unique personalities who are here for individual reasons. The hipster/indie culture that surrounds the Greenleaf and the WQFS was/is cliquish and annoying during my time there (not that there aren't individually cool people at those places, just the whole vibe I mean), Guilford's campus is only 20 minutes by bus from the UNCG area and Downtown Greensboro which offer plenty of diversions for those seeking to escape the Guilford bubble.The only other caveat I will say about Guilford is that this is a liberal arts school--you will learn to think and write here but don't come in expecting to cash in big $$ after graduation as the focus here is not on striving for a career--which is not the reason one should be in college anyways (though the skills you learn at Guilford might very well pay off in ones future work pursuits). Diversity on campus could also be improved, both racially and politically as the community is both predominately white and left-leaning. However, in sum, I think I received a unique and valuable experiences through the close-knit and academically challenging experience provided by Guilford and would encourage anyone looking for a unique liberal arts experience to give this school a chance.

5th Year Male -- Class 2014
Individual Value: A, Education Quality: C
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Michelle wells is the worst professor I have ever had.
1st Year Female -- Class 2019
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Guilford seems like a open and accepting environmentQuite BrightHistory/Histories (art history/etc.)
Guilford seems like a open and accepting environment in theory, which is what I first thought about the place, but the environment changed very quickly. They make you take FYS/FYE classes during the first semester of freshman year but they are useless and coddle you till the point in which those credits do not transfer and the intention is to keep you there. If you are not a pothead, athlete, feminist, trans, gay, lesbian, black, liberal, international student, social justice warrior,nerd, Quaker, absbergers, or a Palestinian muslim then you will not fit in here at all. Our student body president lied about an assault and the administration hails her as some sort of crusader and hero. The school has recently been awash with tyrannical black lives matter groups that aim to get a large portion of teachers fired due to suspected racism with zero proof. The school just got a new president and she is capitulating and in no way will be able to keep guilford economically afloat in the next ten years. Guilford is a joke and if you are from north Carolina or the south i recommend that you look elsewhere such as Elon, Gardner Webb, Campbell or Cawtaba. Guilford has a tiny endowment and a small amount of donations which in toll creates higher rates of tuition. Diya Abdo a professor here recently brought a Syrian refugee family onto campus to live without even consulting the students or the parents of the students here. Max carter another faculty member a draft dodger is viewed as being brave and strong on our campus when he is in fact an antisemetic capitulating member of the school. Guilford claims to be quaker but it is anything but that, you will be taught that communism, socialism, marxism, are good and those are the true Guilford values. They let the Palestinian kids run amuck on this campus and if you are white but do not hold any white guilt you will be viewed as racist and bigoted. Progressivism and regressive leftism are held as deep values in the Guilford administration. I do not recommend going here at all, if you are a straight, conservative, male you will be excluded and you will have to find a social scene outside of Guilford or seek it out, because conservatives are very hard to find. A professor here named Jim Hood actually wrote an article stating that certain people do not belong at guilford, and that if you are not radical then you do not belong here. Guilford is a complete mess and the administration refuses to take charge and make guilford strictly an educational insitution but instead they want it to be an expensive playground where insane tyrannical social justice warriors rule the land and any differing opinion is viewed as bigoted. If you are easily offended and sensitive and believe that political correctness is good and that micro aggressions are real then you will fit in at Guilford very well. guilford is too politcal and it's not a fun place to be unless you a complete and utter leftist. Guilford focuses on politics and social justice in all of its facets, the issue is that they want to unleash indoctrination on the students and the teachers will judge you if you do not accept their liberal opinions, guilford is not a place of learning but a place of protest, oversensitive students, wasted money, if you want to walk out of class in protest instead of learning then Guilford is the place for you. Do not go here if you want an education, You can get the same experience of guilford if you watch the show Portlandia, hang out at occupy wall street or hang out Bonnaroo.
2nd Year Male -- Class 2018
Perceived Campus Safety: A+, Social Life: F
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