Students interested in careers in medicine, dentistry, podiatry, osteopathy, chiropractic, pharmacy or optometry must fulfill the prerequisites at Guilford for professional school admission. Health professions advisors provide detailed information on various careers, as well as on professional school admission requirements, application procedures and special programs for minority students. Also available are application materials, financial aid information and study materials for entrance examinations (such as the Medical College Admission Test and the Dental Admission Test).
A health professions advisor assists students in planning an individualized program of study that, for most career fields, includes at least one year each of biology, inorganic chemistry, mathematics and physics. Pre-medicine and other pre-health students may major in the field of their choice while obtaining specialized courses needed for graduate study. For more information, please visit the Pre-Health Professions page
Students receive solid preparation at Guilford for admission to a school of veterinary medicine. To complete prerequisites for application, students usually major in biology. Some veterinary schools also require a course in animal science, which Guilford students can take at North Carolina A&T State University through consortium arrangements. For more information, please visit the Pre-Health Professions page.
Students planning to attend law school are urged to contact Guilford’s pre-law advisor Catherine Bonventre. Students are encouraged to contact the advisor early in their undergraduate studies for both academic and law school admission advice.
There is no prescribed or preferred major for pre-law students, but law schools seek students who have demonstrated mastery of their chosen fields of study and compete a balanced liberal arts education. Pre-law students are urged to include foreign languages, the basics of accounting, political theory, logic (formal or informal), economics, analytical writing and critical thinking among their undergraduate courses. Many law schools require solid performance on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and a 3.0 or higher grade-point average.
Internships at local agencies and law firms are coordinated by the pre-law advisor.
Students at Guilford College now have the option of an accelerated pathway to Elon University School of Law under a agreement between the two Greensboro institutions.
Elon Law will consider applications from exceptionally well-qualified Guilford students who have completed all required courses but still need more credits to graduate. If admitted, these students can enroll at Elon Law and begin earning credits toward a law degree. Appropriate credits earned at Elon Law can be transferred to Guilford to complete students’ bachelor degrees and allow them to graduate with their Guilford College class. Unlike most agreements of this kind, which are typically six-year programs, the Guilford College-Elon Law agreement enables students to earn a bachelor and law degree in five and a half years, substantially reducing costs and accelerating career starts.
The accelerated program provides motivated, talented students an opportunity to save time and money by starting law school at Elon after their junior year at Guilford, potentially saving a year’s worth of the time and tuition ordinarily required to earn a bachelor’s and a law degree.
Guilford students must earn at least 92 credits toward the minimum of 128 required for graduation to qualify for the accelerated program. In addition, students must complete their major, minor and all general education requirements prior to enrolling at Elon Law. In order to be admitted to Elon Law, they must demonstrate superior academic ability and potential for leadership. LSAT scores and GPA must meet Elon Law’s rigorous standards for admission.
Students will work with the pre-law advisor in order to be able to submit completed applications to Elon Law School by February of their junior year.
The Department of Religious Studies offers preparation which may lead to a career in the ministry or religious education. A broad range of courses preparing the student to enter theological school directly upon graduation includes History of Christianity, Old Testament and New Testament, Contemporary Theology, Quakerism and various explorations in modern religious problems. Studies in comparative religions are offered regularly.
Note: As a Quaker-founded college, Guilford supports the peace testimony of Friends and does not offer or support courses in military science. Such course are available on an audit basis at North Carolina A&T State University, also located in Greensboro, for Guilford students who want to enroll through the consortium cross-registration program.