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

Admission Decisions Coming Soon!

The end of February is an exciting time, as those high school seniors who applied by our regular deadline will be notified soon of our admissions decisions. Decision e-mails will go out by Friday, February 27, with letters to follow.  Please know that as we process the decisions this week, it will be difficult for us to return phone calls or e-mails. Early action applicants (those who applied by November 1 and had a complete application by November 15) were notified of our admission decision by December 20. All successful applicants—including early action applicants—will have until May 1, 2015 to accept or decline our offer of admission. If you have any questions regarding the application process, you may e-mail Jordan Troisi at jtroisi@olemiss.edu for assistance.

Barksdale Award Winners Announced!

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Congratulations to our 2015 Barksdale Award Winners:  Joe Bell and Kate Lindsay!  Joe will be spending time with cowboys (California or Colorado) and gauchos (Uruguay), learning what happens to men and to myths when modernization infringes on the frontier.  Kate will travel to Washington, New York, and Los Angeles to explore ways that Deaf theatre (of/by/for the Deaf) pushes the notion of theatre itself, for both Deaf and hearing audiences, actors, crew, and playwrights.  Joe is a sophomore working toward a B.A. in international studies, Public Policy Leadership, and Spanish, with a minor in environmental studies.  Kate, a junior, is earning both a B.F.A. in Theatre Arts and a B.Accy.  Click here for more information about these two students’ plans.  Good luck to both as they pursue some dreams, courtesy of the Barksdale Award!

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

NASA 2014

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.  For a story on one of the Freshman Ventures teams, click here.

Participation in 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