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

An Evening with Ken Burns

The SMBHC, along with the College of Liberal Arts and the Meek School of Journalism, will welcome award-winning documentary filmmaker Ken Burns for the SMBHC Fall Convocation on October 27th at 7 pm at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts.

Photo by Cable Risdon

Early-Action Deadline: November 1

The Honors College Early-Action deadline is November 1. Applicants will be informed of our decision by December 20. Learn more, and apply to join the SMBHC Family!

Are You Ready?!

Check out the new promotional video for the SMBHC by Deer Run Media LLC.

The HEARIN FOUNDATION Funds the Mississippi Water Security Institute

The SMBHC’s $258,000 proposal to the Hearin Foundation to create the Mississippi Water Security Institute (MS WSI) has been accepted and fully funded! Because of the Hearin Foundation’s generosity, a select group of honors college students from around the state will experience a “laboratory” in water security. Read all about it here!

Prestigious Portz Scholarship Winner

Recent SMBHC and Croft Institute graduate Amir Aziz has won the prestigious Portz Scholarship, an award given by the National Collegiate Honors Council to only four honors students nationwide each year. Aziz will present his thesis, “Al-Arabiyyah, Le Français, and the Soul of Algeria: The Language Tango between Arabic and French in Algerian Education Policy and Defining Post-Colonial Algerian National Identity” at the 2015 Annual Conference of NCHC in Chicago this November. He will begin doctoral work in French this fall at the University of Texas at Austin and will concentrate in international law and human rights. Congratulations, Amir!

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Amir Aziz stands with his Thesis Advisor, Dr. Vivian Ibrahim.

Honors College Construction

The Honors College addition is starting to look more like the rendering above.  Watch this short video to see the progress from March to May 2015.

Click this link to watch the progress live.  Our ground-breaking ceremony was March 7, 2014.  You can click here to watch a time-lapse of the first year of construction.


Last Updated:08/04/2015