The Honors Program at Guilford College provides a supportive community for students who are committed to achieving academic excellence and have demonstrated the ability to excel. The Honors Program supports a vision of students as active, empowered agents of their own education, and also as vital co-contributors to our academic community. Through seminars, extra-curricular activities, and one-on-one collaboration with faculty members on coursework and research, the program provides students with opportunities to develop their knowledge and skills, to explore multiple disciplines for the love of learning, and to share the fruits of their investigations with others.
We forge this community of intellectual camaraderie through a sequence of 1-credit seminars for each yearly cohort, interwoven with particular academic milestones: a contracted course (scholarly research) in the second year, recommended study abroad or internship in the third year, and participation in research culminating in a public presentation (and perhaps also a professional conference) in the fourth year. Under the individual supervision of a faculty advisor or mentor in their major, each student completes a senior thesis or project. Monthly meetings of the whole program, as well as social and academic events, provide an opportunity for honors students to get to know each other.
A faculty council oversees and supports the activities of the program. A student advisory council works with faculty to help design, promote and lead activities, providing intellectual leadership opportunities. In addition to class work and independent study, students in the Honors Program are encouraged to attend professional and undergraduate research conferences. The Honors Program offers travel support to seniors who present papers, research or creative projects, or who are applying to graduate programs (these funds are called "senior stipends"). The program is open to all full-time, degree-seeking students majoring in any department or program of the College. Successful completion of the Honors Program is noted at graduation and on the student's transcript.
In keeping with the College's Quaker heritage, Honors Program students participate fully in the larger campus community. They take courses with the full student body and are active in a full range of campus activities, including athletics, student government, campus publications, choir, theatre, community service projects and special interest clubs. The Honors Program also sponsors a specialty housing option (the Honors dorm) on campus for any student who wants to live in a more scholarly atmosphere with academic programming.
Guilford College, a founding member of the North Carolina Honors Association, participates in the National Collegiate Honors Council and Southern Regional Honors Council. Students, faculty members or administrators from the College regularly attend the conferences of these organizations.