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 Spring Convocation, February 10


The Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College welcomes Bruce Levingston, our own Chancellor’s Honors College Artist in Residence, at our Spring Convocation Tuesday, February 10 at 7:00 pm at the Ford Center.  Mr. Levingston will be bringing some well-known figures from the world of cinema to discuss and perform scores for films from the past and present.   All honors students are required to attend.


Freshman Ventures Retreat Saturday, February 7

Freshmen Ventures concludes with presentations by the ventures teams Saturday, February 7th at the Jackson Avenue Center beginning at 8:30 am. We are excited to see what the Ventures groups learned from their travels across the United States.  Participation on this Saturday event is required of all 1st year students who traveled on FV. Those who do not attend must arrange an individual meeting with DSG at your earliest convenience.  Also, the teams should meet with Costa Osadov by noon Friday, the 6th, to upload their presentations.

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