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
SMBHC Alum Wins Gates Cambridge
Dozie Ibekwe (2012, B.S.in Electrical Engineering) has won the Gates Cambridge Scholarship. Dozie, who has been working for General Electric since he graduated, plans to earn his MPhil in Public Policy at Cambridge. With that degree, he hopes to become involved in international development consulting and policy advisory, with particular attention to developing policies to boost manufacturing and diversify African economies. Congratulations, Dozie!
Bruce Levingston and Friends, Friday Night
Come enjoy Bruce Levingston and a cast of all-stars Friday night, March 27 at 7:30 pm at the Ford Center. Mr. Levingston’s concert will include a number of his good friends in the area including the brilliant poet Beth Ann Fennelly and novelist Tom Franklin, legendary writer and journalist Curtis Wilkie as well as …are you ready?! ..UM Athletic Director Ross Bjork and Head Football Coach Hugh Freeze! The whole concert will be about music inspired by words with a spooky “noir” twist ! There are some wonderful singers coming on the show and some other surprises.
Student tickets are available for $10 at the Ford Center. For more information about the concert, visit here.
Fall 2015 Courses Now Available
Fall 2015 course lists are now available as hard copies in the SMBHC lounge and on the web.
Honors College Construction Time-Lapse Video
My, how time flies. Our ground-breaking ceremony was March 7, 2014. Watch this short video to see the progress this past year.
Honors College Congratulates Students Accepted for Fall 2015 Freshman Class!
The Honors College congratulates those applicants accepted for our Fall 2015 freshman class. This group has a record average ACT of 30.8 and an average high school GPA of 3.96. Students hail from 34 states and two foreign countries. Those accepted to join the entering freshman class of citizen scholars at the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College must accept or decline the offer by 11:59 pm CDT May 1. To do so, log into my.olemiss.edu, access the Special Programs and Scholarship application, and click on Check Application Status to enter your decision. Please note, if we have not heard from you by May 1, we will assume you are declining the offer and will give your spot to a student on our waitlist. If you have any problems or questions, please call us at 662-915-7294.
Barksdale Award Winners Announced!
Congratulations to our 2015 Barksdale Award Winners: Joe Bell and Kate Lindsay! Joe will be spending time with cowboys (California or Colorado) and gauchos (Uruguay), learning what happens to men and to myths when modernization infringes on the frontier. Kate will travel to Washington, New York, and Los Angeles to explore ways that Deaf theatre (of/by/for the Deaf) pushes the notion of theatre itself, for both Deaf and hearing audiences, actors, crew, and playwrights. Joe is a sophomore working toward a B.A. in international studies, Public Policy Leadership, and Spanish, with a minor in environmental studies. Kate, a junior, is earning both a B.F.A. in Theatre Arts and a B.Accy. Click here for more information about these two students’ plans. Good luck to both as they pursue some dreams, courtesy of the Barksdale Award!
Honors College Construction
The Honors College expansion project is starting to rise above ground. Click this link to watch the progress live.