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
Freshman Application Deadline January 15
The Special Programs and Scholarship Application for prospective Fall 2014 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 15, 2014. Regular applicants will be notified by the beginning of March. Students accepted under either deadline have until May 1, 2014 to accept or decline the offer.
Special Programs and Scholarship Application Unavailable Dec 20-30
We want to give advance notice to high school seniors applying for admission to the Honors College or other special programs that the University system will be unavailable between December 20 and December 30 for a major upgrade. You should either apply by December 19 or wait until the new year. If you want to work on the essays during that down time, visit here to see our essay prompts and the other required elements. Remember that you will have through January 15 to submit your application.
Honors Students in the News
Three honors students have recently made the news. Read about junior Eleanor Anthony being the only undergraduate to present at the Digipal Symposium in London. Also, the University Foundation profiled the two Everett-Williams Scholarship recipients, Logan Wilson and Davelin Woodard, both sophomores. We’re proud of these three students and all the students in the SMBHC.