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

The Honors College Welcomes Record Freshman Class!

The Honors College welcomes a record 390 freshmen in its Class of 2019!  The students hail from 27 states 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 30.7 ACT.  We look forward to meeting all of you at an Orientation session this summer.

Honors College Welcomes Freshman Class to Orientation

The Honors College welcomes 393 freshmen in its Class of 2019!  We’ll see many of you at the Honors-Only Orientation May 19-20.  We know others will attend one of the regular orientation sessions; honors students at one of those sessions will have a noon lunch meeting with us on the first day of orientation at the Honors College; 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 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.

Honors College Professor Wins Elsie M. Hood Award!

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Congratulations to Bob Brown, Professor of Political Science, for being 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.

SMBHC Senior and Alum Win NSF Fellowships

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Congratulations to senior Megan Smith (B.S. biology, B.A. English) on winning an NSF Graduate Fellowship.  Megan, who has done research under Dr. Brice Noonan and Dr. Rich Buchholz, plans to use the Fellowship to fund her graduate studies at the Ohio State University.  2011-04-reinemann-nsaCongratulations also to another NSF GRF winner, Nikki Reinemann, SMBHC alum (2012; B.S. chemistry, B.S. Chemical Engineering).  Nikki is currently studying at Vanderbilt University; while an undergrad, she conducted research under Dr. Nathan Hammer.

Congratulations to Two Fulbright Scholars

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The Honors College is happy to announce that Jordan Troisi, our Coordinator of Recruitment and Admissions, and Colby Woods (2014, B.A. International Studies, German) have been award Fulbright U.S. Student Awards. Jordan will be going to Turkey and Colby to Germany, as English Teaching Assistants. Great news to celebrate!

SMBHC Alum Wins Gates Cambridge

OMLP Portrait (Compressed) (170x212)Chiedozie Ibekwe (2012, B.S.in Electrical Engineering) has won the Gates Cambridge Scholarship.  Dozie, who has been working for General Electric since he graduated, plans to earn his MPhil in Public Policy at Cambridge.  With that degree, he hopes to become involved in international development consulting and policy advisory, with particular attention to developing policies to boost manufacturing and diversify African economies.  Congratulations, Dozie!

Honors College Construction

The Honors College expansion project is starting to rise above ground.  Click this link to watch the progress live.  Our ground-breaking ceremony was March 7, 2014.  Watch this short video to see the progress this past year.

Last Updated:05/05/2015