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

Early-Action Deadline November 1

The Special Programs and Scholarship Application for prospective Fall 2015 freshmen is available here.  Remember that you must first apply to the University of Mississippi before accessing the Special Programs application.  Those who apply by our Early-Action deadline of November 1 will be notified of our decision by December 20.  The regular deadline is 11:59 pm CST January 5, 2015.  Regular applicants will be notified by the beginning of March.  Students accepted under either deadline have until May 1, 2015 to accept or decline the offer.  We look forward to reading hundreds of awesome applications.

Honors Students Meet Filmmaker

Dan Nuxoll and Students (640x383)Honors College students lunched with Dan Nuxoll, Program Director of Rooftop Films in New York City. Dan and his brother, Phil, recently visited Oxford and Ole Miss to work with the Honors College Artist-in-Residence, Bruce Levingston, on a new project. Rooftop Films, a nonprofit dedicated to independent films, holds a wildly popular film festival in NYC on rooftops from May through August of each year. For more info, visit here.

Honors College Welcomes Dr. Sue

Chat Sue and Students (640x411)

Professor Chat Sue, University of Mississippi University Scholar (Class of 1965), returned to his alma mater to meet and to discuss with Honors students his experience as an Asian-American at Ole Miss from 1961-1965. His insightful comments about diversity at Ole Miss and other major universities stimulated deep conversation about UM’s challenges and opportunities. Welcome home, Dr. Sue!

Honors College Construction

The Honors College expansion project is starting to rise above ground.  Click this link to watch the progress live.

Last Updated:09/29/2014