The Honors Program

Honors Program

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The Pursuit of Excellence

The Honors Program at Guilford College provides a supportive community for students who have demonstrated a commitment to achieving academic excellence.

Through seminars, extra-curricular activities and one-on-one collaboration with faculty members on coursework and research, the program provides opportunities to develop your knowledge and skills. It also allows you to explore the love of learning, culminating in a public presentation of a thesis project in your senior year.

In addition, you’re strongly encouraged to attend professional and undergraduate research conferences and take advantage of hands-on learning opportunities like internships and study abroad.

Senior stipends of up to $1,000 are available to provide funding for presenting your research or creative projects at conferences, applying to graduate programs, taking graduate entrance exams, or for research expenses related to your senior thesis.

Honors Program requirements and course descriptions are available in the online version of the Guilford College Catalog. Use the keyboard shortcuts Control F for PC or Command F for Mac to search the document for your program.

Honors Program Opportunities

  • Participate in Honors seminars in your first, third and fourth years.
  • Attend meetings with faculty and peers to discuss progress on projects, research and service ideas.
  • Work with faculty members to develop a specialized Honors course in your sophomore year.
  • Present your projects/research at the Guilford Undergraduate Symposium.
  • Engage in internship or study abroad experiences.
  • Complete a senior thesis project with a public presentation.


The Honors Program is open to all full-time, degree-seeking students majoring in any department or program of the College. Successful completion of the Honors Program is noted at graduation and on your transcript.

Most students are admitted to the Honors Program as entering first-year students. Based on a combination of high school achievement, standardized test scores, writing samples and recommendations, students are invited to apply to the program.

In addition, current full-time first-year students who have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher are invited to apply to the program in January. Transfer students with fewer than 54 credits, or those coming from another Honors Program, are also invited to apply.

Contact Honors Program Director Heather Hayton at or 336-316-2397  for more information. You can also find additional information in our FAQ. Current Honors students and faculty can find program documents, resources and requests for senior stipends on the Honors canvas site.

Hands-on Learning

Guilford Honors students have many opportunities to engage in hands-on learning, from researching nest predation alongside an ornithology professor, planning a successful TEDx event on campus, studying abroad in the Italian Alps, teaching English to Nepalese refugees, or interviewing a Japanese punk band for an Honors thesis.

Honors Students Win Hege Library Research Award

Honors Students Win Hege Library Research Award

Securing the Future

Securing the Future

Global Food Connections [Q&A]

Global Food Connections [Q&A]

Sustainable Food Systems and Political Science double major, Mallory Cerkleski ’20, traveled to not just one country for her semester abroad, but three!

Contact Us

The Honors Program office is on the first floor of Hege Library. For more information, contact faculty and staff listed below and follow the Honors Program on Facebook. You can also make a donation to the program by using this form.

Honors Program Director
Heather Hayton

Honors Program Interim Director
Rachel Riskind

Honors Admissions Liaison
Kyle Wooden