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 Acceptance Deadline May 1

We want to remind those applicants accepted to join the entering freshman class of citizen scholars at the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College that you must accept or decline the offer by 11:59 pm CDT May 1.  As soon as you know your decision, 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.

Clinical Shadowing Program Participants Announced

Congratulations to the honors students selected to participate in the Clinical Shadowing Program this summer at UMMC: Morgan Davis, Roya Gordji, Sara Kiparizoska, Shelby Claire Liddell, Savannah Mitchell, Ryan Sessums, and Joella Vaughnn. The students will participate with rising M2s in one or two 2-week shadowing rotations in Anesthesia, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Radiology, Radiation Oncology, or Surgery. They will also have the opportunity to help at the Jackson Free Clinic.

Honors College Groundbreaking

Chancellor Dan Jones, Jim Barksdale, Dean Douglass Sullivan-Gonzalez and Honors College students and faculty broke ground for the expansion and renovation of the SMBHC Friday, March 7.  To see video from this occasion, visit here.

For photos of the event, visit here.

Honors College Construction Web Cam

Click this link to watch progress on the expansion of the Honors College.

2014 Barksdale Award Winners Announced

Congratulations to Jillian Cowart and Megan Smith, the winners of this year’s Barksdale Awards. These $5,000 awards, announced at the Spring Honors Convocation, support independent projects of the students’ own design. Jillian (junior, B.A. International Studies, Public Policy Leadership) will be exploring connections between local farming and local economies, comparing efforts in Senegal and the Mississippi Delta. Megan (junior, B.S. biology, B.A. English) will be talking with landowners all around the country to explore the efficacy of incentive-based conservation efforts. Good luck to these citizen scholars!


Jillian Cowart and Megan Smith

SMBHC Hosts Dr. Hannah Gay

On February 5th, the SMBHC welcomed Dr. Hannah Gay as its Spring 2014 Honors College Convocation speaker.  Dr. Gay, an associate professor and HIV specialist at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, is credited with “functionally curing” an infant of HIV.  For pictures of the event, visit here.

Last Updated:02/10/2014