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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 Alumni Open House

The Honors College welcomes its alumni Saturday, October 4 from 10:00-11:30 at our Open House.  Come by the SMBHC to visit with the staff, current students, and your fellow honors alumni; and enjoy some delicious refreshments.  The SMBHC also will have our Grove tent on the corner of Sorority Row and Grove Loop until about 1:00 if you would like to visit in the afternoon.  We look forward to seeing you this weekend!

Special Programs and Scholarship Application Available

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 College Construction

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

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Last Updated:09/29/2014