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

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 applied 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.

Spring 2015 Course Highlights

We want to highlight a number of special course opportunities we have in the spring, from “The History and Literature of the Civil War” to “New York City in Film” to “Ethics in Archaeology” to “Cross-Cultural Communications.”  For descriptions of these special topics and others, visit here.  In addition to these courses, there are plenty of other honors opportunities available in the spring.  Visit the Spring 2015 Course list to see all the honors courses and find course descriptions for many of them.

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