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 Faculty Win Teaching Awards

Bob Brown Class (2)

Congratulations to Bob Brown, Professor of Political Science, for receiving this year’s Elsie M. Hood Outstanding Teacher Award.  Dr. Brown has taught on the Honors Freshman Seminar team since Fall 2004, and now coordinates the faculty development for these foundational honors courses.  To learn more about Dr. Brown, visit here.

Katie McKee           Congratulations, also, to Kathryn McKee for receiving the College of Liberal Arts‘ Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award; and to Hilary Becker for receiving the College of Liberal Arts’ Cora Lee Graham Award for Outstanding Teaching of Freshmen.  Dr. McKee, McMullan Associate Professor of Southern Studies and Associate Professor of English, has taught numerous honors courses in English and Southern Studies, including team-teaching The Literature and History of the Civil War in Spring 2015.  Dr. Becker, assistant professor of Classics, taught Honors Ethics in Archaeology in Spring 2015.

Honors College Welcomes Freshman Class to Orientation

The Honors College welcomes 402 freshmen in its Class of 2019!  We saw many of you at the Honors-Only Orientation May 19-20.  Those attending one of the regular orientation sessions will have a noon lunch meeting at the Honors College on the first day of orientation; because of space, parents will have lunch with the other orientation participants at the Rebel Marketplace.  To register for Orientation or to see the Orientation schedule, visit the Office of Orientation Programs.

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.

The Honors College Welcomes Record Freshman Class!

The Honors College welcomes a record 402 freshmen in its Class of 2019!  The students hail from 28states and 2 foreign countries, with 51% being from the great state of Mississippi.  This impressive body averages a 3.96 high school GPA and a 30.8 ACT.  We look forward to meeting all of you at an Orientation session this summer.

Honors Senior Wins Boren Scholarship

Congratulations to Steven Mockler, SMBHC senior, who has won a Boren Scholarship.  Steven, also a student in the Croft Institute for International Studies and the Chinese Flagship program, was awarded the Boren to fund his Capstone year in China.

Last Updated:04/20/2015