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 program supports a vision of students as active, empowered agents of their own education, and also as vital 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 or other academic milestones for each yearly cohort:
HON 100 in the first year;
a contracted course (scholarly research) in the second year;
HON 300 in the third year;
HON 400, as well as a thesis project done under the supervision of a faculty member, and culminating in a public presentation (and perhaps also a professional conference), in the fourth year.
In addition, students in the program are strongly encouraged to attend professional and undergraduate research conferences, study abroad and complete internships. The program offers funding for which senior honors students may apply; these “senior stipends” can be used for supporting the presentation of research or creative projects at conferences, applying to graduate programs or taking graduate exams like the GRE / LSAT / MCAT, etc or for research expenses related to their senior thesis.
Monthly meetings of the whole program, as well as social and academic events, provide another opportunity for honors students to get to know each other. A faculty committee oversees and supports the activities of the program, while a student advisory council works to help design, promote and lead honors and campus activities. The Honors 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.
Admission Process: Most students are admitted to the Honors Program as entering first-year students. Based on a combination of high school achievement, standardized test scores, writing samples and recommendations, students are invited to apply to the program. In addition, currently matriculated full-time students who have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher are invited to apply to the program in January. Transfer students with under 54 credits, or those coming from another Honors Program, are also invited to apply.
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 and administrators from the College regularly attend the conferences of all three organizations.