The Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College attracts a diverse body of high-performing students to the University of Mississippi and prepares citizen scholars who are fired by the life of the mind, committed to the public good, driven to find solutions.  Established in 1997 through a gift from alumni Jim and Sally Barksdale, the Honors College merges intellectual rigor with community action. It offers an education similar to that at prestigious private liberal-arts schools and universities, but at a far lower cost. Small, discussion-based classes, dedicated faculty, and a nurturing staff enable honors students to experience intellectual as well as personal growth.

News & Events

Honors College Welcome Week

We are very excited for all the honors freshmen to join us in August! Follow this link to learn more about Welcome Week 2015 and register for sessions led by Honors College students, faculty, or staff.

Honors Faculty Win Teaching Awards

Bob Brown Class (2)

Congratulations to Bob Brown, Professor of Political Science, for receiving this year’s Elsie M. Hood Outstanding Teacher Award.  Dr. Brown has taught on the Honors Freshman Seminar team since Fall 2004, and now coordinates the faculty development for these foundational honors courses.  To learn more about Dr. Brown, visit here.

Katie McKee           Congratulations, also, to Kathryn McKee for receiving the College of Liberal Arts‘ Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award; and to Hilary Becker for receiving the College of Liberal Arts’ Cora Lee Graham Award for Outstanding Teaching of Freshmen.  Dr. McKee, McMullan Associate Professor of Southern Studies and Associate Professor of English, has taught numerous honors courses in English and Southern Studies, including team-teaching The Literature and History of the Civil War in Spring 2015.  Dr. Becker, assistant professor of Classics, taught Honors Ethics in Archaeology in Spring 2015.

Honors College Construction

The Honors College addition is starting to look more like the rendering above.  Watch this short video to see the progress from March to May 2015.

Click this link to watch the progress live.  Our ground-breaking ceremony was March 7, 2014.  You can click here to watch a time-lapse of the first year of construction.

The Honors College Welcomes Record Freshman Class!

The Honors College welcomes a record 402 freshmen in its Class of 2019!  The students hail from 28states and 2 foreign countries, with 51% being from the great state of Mississippi.  This impressive body averages a 3.96 high school GPA and a 30.8 ACT.  We look forward to meeting all of you at an Orientation session this summer.

Last Updated:06/12/2015