First Year Experience

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First Year Experience is a challenging and rewarding program designed to get you started on the right track. You'll receive academic and personal support while exploring fascinating topics and enhancing your communication, writing and critical thinking skills. Plus, you'll get the lay of the land at Guilford by learning everything from where to work out to how to pay your bills. Along the way, you'll discover new interests, explore potential majors, share experiences and make new friendships in our richly diverse community.

First Year Seminar

To kick off your transition to Guilford, you’ll take a first year seminar course your first semester as one of your requirements. It's designed to get you ready for success in college by enhancing your writing, speaking and critical thinking skills.

Tools You Can Use

If you have questions about academic help, study abroad, computer assistance, your Quaker card and more, our Student Success Resources guide likely has the answers.

Making a Smooth Transition


It’s normal to feel a little nervous about succeeding in college. However, after taking First Year Seminar, your confidence will soar. It’s the perfect preparation for your Guilford career.

Your First Year Experience

The First Year Experience program is specially designed to provide you with the educational, social and personal assistance that college newcomers need. The main academic component, First Year Seminar (FYS 101), is a required course for all entering fall semester students. This rigorous, multidisciplinary class will refine your speaking, listening and hands-on learning skills and provide you with many of the tools to be successful at Guilford and beyond.

For FYS, you'll pick a course from one of available topics that you find most interesting. Recent courses have included forensic biology, documentary filmmaking, leadership classes, gender studies, fashion, zombie apocalypse literature, creative thinking and much more.

In addition to your FYS course, you'll also enroll in FYE 100. This required one-credit class serves as an introduction to Guilford's resources, policies and practices, and gives you access to the knowledge and advice of upper-class peer mentors.


Additional Resources

From registering for classes and making a payment to where to go when you're not feeling so well, these resources will also help with your transition to your new life at Guilford.

Register for Courses

Fill out the First Semester Registration Form and bring it to orientation.

Paying for College

From tuition and fees to help paying for your education, this is where you go for all of your Guilford-related financial needs.

Ensuring Your Academic Success

The Learning Commons and Student Success Program are great resources for study strategies, writing help and one-on-one mentoring.

Keeping You Healthy

Basic healthcare and medical services, including confidential mental health and counseling, are provided to traditional students at no charge.


Up to $1,000

is a stipend awarded to honors students over the course of four years to help pay for research projects, travel expenses and graduate school application fees.

40 Majors

— along with 50 minors — mean numerous options for designing a rewarding future.

Speak UP

is a campus-wide effort to improve students' public presentation skills while learning to advocate for others.

You have questions about Guilford. We have answers.

How do I check my schedule?

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

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

After you make your enrollment deposit to Guilford, you can sign up for and take a language placement exam. (To register, log into WebCAPE using password Quakers1.) Your results determine the level you place into. For more information, email Dave Limburgor call 336.316.2204.

Which math class should I take?

Your academic adviser will help you identify your options for completing Guilford's Quantitative Literacy requirement. If you earn a 650 or higher on the math SAT, you automatically place out of the quantitative literacy (QL) requirement. Specific majors require additional math classes. QL tests are available in spring and during summer orientation as well as in late August when you arrive on campus.

Which English class should I take?

You'll receive a writing placement assignment after you deposit and register. This writing assignment will be read and graded by our specially-trained faculty, who will determine your English placement for your first semester.

Who is my academic adviser?

Your academic advisor is also your First Year Seminar professor. They'll meet with you late in the fall semester to help you devise your January term and/or spring semester schedules. Your adviser will help you think about your academic strengths and works with you to ensure your success at Guilford.

Contact Information

The First Year Experience staff is available to answer your questions
Phone: 336-316-2196


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