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.

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News & Events

Honors College Receives Record Number of Early-Action Applications

The Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College received a record 482 applications by its Early-Action deadline of November 1. Teachers and counselors have until November 16th to submit their letters of recommendation. Students may still apply by our regular deadline of January 5, 2016. Applicants can access the Special Programs and Scholarships application by clicking here.  Learn more about the SMBHC and our opportunities here.

Those who applied by the Early-Action deadline will be notified of our admissions decision by December 18th. If you have any questions regarding the application process, you may e-mail mrankin@olemiss.edu for assistance.

The SMBHC Welcomes New Chancellor

Dr. Jeffrey S. Vitter has been named the 17th chancellor of the University of Mississippi. The SMBHC looks forward to working with Dr. Vitter and welcomes him to Ole Miss! Pictured below, students Shelby Strength, Sarah Brouckaert, Joey Malouf and Alex Miller of Dr. Rimoldi’s Hon 101 course stand with Dr. Vitter.
vitter and students

The HEARIN FOUNDATION Funds the Mississippi Water Security Institute

The SMBHC’s $258,000 proposal to the Hearin Foundation to create the Mississippi Water Security Institute (MS WSI) has been accepted and fully funded! Because of the Hearin Foundation’s generosity, a select group of honors college students from around the state will experience a “laboratory” in water security. Read all about it here!

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.


Last Updated:08/04/2015