Gain Your Guilford Edge


 

Your Guilford Edge Has Arrived

We have totally re-imagined the Guilford educational experience with you and your individual aspirations in mind. It's truly all about you. Our goal is to provide you with exceptional, practical preparation to thrive in doing what you love. Get ready to go places at Guilford — we can take you anywhere!
Read more about the ins and outs of the Edge.

Fabulous First Impressions

First-year students share their experiences with collaborative learning, Guided Discovery, and life on campus.


Diyaa Kaufman '23

Diyaa Kaufman '23

"It [Initiate course] helped me develop relationships with other first-year students, which was very beneficial for me. I met a lot of people that I would not have interacted with otherwise, and I'm still connected to them."

Starlynn Mendez '23

Starlynn Mendez '23

"I'm so glad Guilford is everything I expected college to be like. Here, you don't only make friends, but also family."

Erika Batres '23

Erika Batres '23

"This first semester has been an extreme change for me, but thankfully Guilford College offers free counseling for all students. Being a Bonner Student has also helped me get involved in the community and create new, effective and healthy relationships."


Making an Instant Impact

Each academic year begins with an intensive three-week term focused on a single course topic, fully immersing students in unique, highly collaborative learning experiences on and off campus. Some students venture into the community, including walking in immigrant shoes through Guilford's Every Campus a Refuge program. Others venture into the world, like living in Alnwick Castle, which you may recognize as Harry Potter's Hogwarts!

EdgeFest Kicks Off the Fall Semester!

EdgeFest Kicks Off the Fall Semester!

Festivals like Burning Man, Coachella, and Lollapalooza take months, often years, to design. At Guilford, a group of first-year students recently had 12 days to plan the inaugural EdgeFest.

Three Weeks on the Edge: Magic and Medicine [VIDEO]

Three Weeks on the Edge: Magic and Medicine [VIDEO]

The Guilford Edge provides incredible opportunities for hands-on, collaborative…

Inspired in India

Inspired in India

Deep in the heart of India, a group of students spent three weeks immersing themselves in local customs and exploring the ins and outs of health care and nonprofit business systems in a new country.

News Skills, “Write” People

News Skills, “Write” People

During the newly implemented three-week session at Guilford, students in the Journalism Bootcamp class had the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of the changing industry of journalism, directly from a former journalist.

Three Weeks on the Edge: Fantastic Journeys

Three Weeks on the Edge: Fantastic Journeys

The Guilford Edge provides incredible opportunities for hands-on, collaborative…

The Parenting Dilemma

The Parenting Dilemma

New 12-week course — “Psychology and Philosophy of Parenthood” — prepares students from a variety of majors to make informed familial decisions in their professional and personal lives.


Diving Right In

The Guilford Edge is poised to make its mark all over the world. And Fall 2019 provided a great jump start!


Maya Walfall '20

"I was privileged to have a brand new class where my professor gave us a new perspective and experience. ... I appreciated the opportunity to take a Spanish class where the main focus was speaking, not grammar. And I love being able to use Spanish in the same way I use English."

Karen Spira, Associate Professor of Foreign Language

"Intermediate Spanish students in '"Speak Up in Spanish" wrote and performed original plays, gave a poetry reading at a local independent bookstore, created insightful and eloquent on-the-spot presentations at local museums, and recorded poetry podcasts — all in Spanish. I loved experimenting with the intensive format (15 hours/week) and seeing my students grow in skills and confidence."

Michele Malotky, Associate Professor of Biology

"The three week block provided both faculty and students with the opportunity to immerse themselves in the study of causal systems through a variety of lenses, while surrounded by history and pastoral beauty that was magic for the senses and medicine for the soul!"

Caroline Sprenger '22

"The best part about the Mechanisms of Medicine and Magic class was the community that formed which was something truly special and unexpected; it was a delight to think about magic in different cultures, the meaning of religion, the history of biology and Darwin, and postmodernism outside by the river and the sheep." 

Janey Rich '23

“When you get to college, you go from being carried by your guardian's wings to having to quickly learn how to fly with your own. It's the scariest yet most liberating experience once you find your way, and Guilford made it easy to take flight."

Kathryn Shields, Associate Professor of Art/Associate Academic Dean

"So much happened in the first Initiate that we will be unpacking it for a while!  Working on teams with instructors and students in a three-week format allowed us to boost academic confidence, create a shared experience, and build community in ways that cannot be understated."

Physics of Theater Lighting

"I’ve always wanted to be a part of the music industry, but before this class I didn’t even know all of the artistic job opportunities there were behind the scenes. I think it would be so cool to be a lighting designer now and can see myself really doing it!”
- Lydia Middlesworth '20

"The fact that students were able to learn a principle in the morning and implement it in the afternoon made it real. They could see the direct link between the ideas and the applications and how it affected people.”
-Don Smith, Associate Professor of Physics

"I enjoyed teaching in the 3-week session because my class is project-based and meeting students on consecutive days for longer class periods tightens the feedback loop, which helps us reach our goals quicker.”
- Brian Coleman, Technical Director, Theatre Department