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

Honors College Congratulates Students Accepted for Fall 2015 Freshman Class!

The Honors College congratulates those applicants accepted for our Fall 2015 freshman class.  This group has a record average ACT of 30.8 and an average high school GPA of 3.96.  Students hail from 34 states and two foreign countries.  Those accepted to join the entering freshman class of citizen scholars at the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College must accept or decline the offer by 11:59 pm CDT May 1.  To do so, log into my.olemiss.edu, access the Special Programs and Scholarship application, and click on Check Application Status to enter your decision.  Please note, if we have not heard from you by May 1, we will assume you are declining the offer and will give your spot to a student on our waitlist. If you have any problems or questions, please call us at 662-915-7294.

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!

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