First Year Experience

The first year of college is full of transitions. Guilford’s First Year Experience fosters the academic, social and personal support necessary for successful participation in the total life of the College community. The First Year Experience begins with the moment you choose Guilford, continues into orientation and extends through your first year until you declare a major.

The Curriculum
For entering fall semester college students, a central component of the first semester is the First Year Seminar (FYS 101) course. The FYS is a foundations course designed to engage entering students in significant interactive inquiry. With a focus on speaking, listening and experiential learning, the course explores an interdisciplinary content area and integrates the academic and social transition to college life. Students will also be enrolled in FYE 100, a one-credit class designed to introduce you to the resources, policies and practices of being a Guilford Quaker. Check the First-Year To-Do list to be sure to complete all the necessary paperwork and to find out how to register for classes.


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Tama Hochbaum, Adele, archival pigment print from the "Legacy Series," 2017

"Time Passing: Photographs by Tama Hochbaum"

Thru: Friday, May 19, 2017Robert C. Ketner Vitrines, Hege Library
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Saba Taj Exhibit - We have adorned everything on earth

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How do I?


How do I take the foreign language placement exam? Click here and the password is Quakers1. 

Where do I find out about policies and procedures for students? Check out the Student Handbook

Where am I supposed to park? Visit the Campus Services page.

How and where do I use my Quaker Card? Visit the Quaker Card page on GuilfordNet. You can add funds to your Quaker Card here.

How do I pay my bill? Visit the Billing and Payments page. 

What is the Student Success Program? Visit the Student Success Program page

Where and when can I work out? Visit the Campus Services page. 

I have questions about on-campus housing. Visit the Residential Education and Housing page. 

I'm sick. What do I do? Visit the Student Health Services page. 



How do I check my schedule?


Log into BannerWeb using your G# and PIN to view your schedule, transcript and student information.


How do I know which level of foreign language I am eligible to register for?


Language placement exams will be available to you after you deposit and the registration materials are sent to you. From there, you will schedule and take a placement exam which will determine which level you place into.


Do I need to take a math class?


If you earn a 650 or higher on the math SAT you automatically place out of the quantitative literacy (QL) requirement. Specific majors will require additional math classes. QL tests are available during Spring into Guilford, summer orientation, and in late August when you arrive on campus. A passing score on the QL test is 15 or lower.


Which English class will I be placed into?


You will receive a writing placement assignment after you deposit and register. This writing assignment will be read and graded by our English department chair, who will determine your English placement for your first semester.


Who is my academic advisor?


Your academic advisor is also your FYS 101 professor. They will meet with you late in the fall semester to help you devise your January term and/or spring semester schedules. They will also provide you with a PIN to electronically register for classes.