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A Summer Institute for Rising High School Seniors

June 23 - July 12, 2024
Guilford College, Greensboro, N.C.

The application to attend is now open! Apply today using this link.

Guilford College Rise is a three-week, residential experience that allows rising high-school seniors to earn college credits while living and learning in Greensboro, N.C. Taking part in the program allows them to interact with a diverse group of students from across the United States.

The application to attend Guilford College Rise 2024 is now open at this link. You're encouraged to apply early for best consideration. Beginning in November 2023, we will hold monthly virtual information sessions for parents and/or prospective students at the dates and times below. Please sign up for any of these sessions before the meeting at this link and you will be sent the Zoom link for your meeting.

The schedule for the information sessions is as follows:

  • Monday, November 27, 2023 at 7pm
  • Tuesday, December 19th, 2023 at 7pm
  • Tuesday, January 30th, 2023 at 7pm
  • Thursday, February 15th, 2024 at 7pm
  • Monday, March 18th, 2024 at 7pm
  • Tuesday, April 23rd, 2024 at 7pm
  • Thursday, May 9th, 2024 at 7pm

This selective program provides a unique curriculum that integrates experiential learning with community-building. In summer 2024, Rise will focus on “Exploring Topics in International Affairs and Entrepreneurship.” During courses led by a team of Guilford College faculty, Rise will introduce you to:

  • Peace Studies
  • Humanitarian Affairs and Migration
  • Global and Environmental Studies
  • Characteristics of Entrepreneurs
  • Skill Explorations in Starting and Managing a New Business
  • Developing a Business Model

Participants in Rise will receive six college-level credits. These credits will be awarded by Guilford College and may be transferrable to other institutions. Apply at this link.

In addition to coursework, you'll experience the excitement of Greensboro and the surrounding region through engaging daily activities including baseball games, dinners in the city's expansive food scene, exploration of the area's variety of museums and historical sites, and more.

While on campus, you're also invited to apply to Guilford. You may receive an acceptance letter hand-delivered from your admission counselor! In fact, several students were accepted during the 2023 program — an exciting time for the students and their families!

The application to attend Guilford College Rise 2024 is now open at this link. It includes an optional section to apply for a program scholarship. You're encouraged to apply early for best consideration.

Thank you for your interest in Rise, and we look forward to learning more about you!

Guilford College is a nationally distinguished liberal arts school in Greensboro, N.C. Empowering students to design a personalized education focused on their interests and passions, Guilford emphasizes real-world learning for every student, every semester. Established in 1837, Guilford is the only Quaker-founded college in the Southeast. The principles of our founders are reflected in the College’s seven Core Values: community, diversity, equality, excellence, integrity, justice, and stewardship.

Do you and your parents have questions about Rise?

If you're interested in Guilford College Rise, or if you'd like the institute's director or Guilford's Office of Admission to speak to your school or class, please reach out to Rise Director Jon Bohland at Parents may also want to download this FAQ.

Photo of Jon Bohland wearing glasses and a red polo shirt.

Rising Seniors Get a Jump on College at Guilford Rise

The second annual Guilford Rise offers high school students a chance to earn six college credits and learn more about what it's like living on a campus.

“I didn’t know what to expect, I was even a little nervous, but I’m glad I’m here. It’s great to be exposed to what a college class is like and living on a campus. It’s really been a lot of work, but it’s also been a lot of fun.” — Andrew Adams, 2023 Participant.

Meet students from across the United States.

Live and learn on a college campus.

Earn six college-level credits.

These credits will be awarded by Guilford College and may be transferrable to other institutions.

"INTR-150 is good for students who are not used to college courses. … (It) was very informational and eye opening because a lot of the topics are based on real world problems." — 2022 Participant

Guilford College Rise FAQ

Application and Fee

The application to attend Rise in 2024 is now open at this link. The cost to attend is $5,100, which includes a nonrefundable $250 deposit to hold your spot. Scholarship opportunities are available. Questions? Please email


The program fee includes all fees for off-campus activities, on-campus lodging, and all meals during the three weeks, some in the Dining Hall and some off campus.


For more information, please contact Jon Bohland, Director of Rise and CAPE Adviser, at