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

SMBHC Fall Convocation Welcomes Camille Paglia

The Honors College welcomes Dr. Camille Paglia as our Fall Convocation speaker.  Dr. Paglia is a well-known cultural critic who intends to challenge all political and social convictions, and we look forward to her visit. All Honor students must attend this great event, Tuesday, September 16, 2014, at 7 pm, at the Ford Center.  You will swipe your IDs as you enter and leave.


Honors College Welcomes Bruce Levingston

The SMBHC, in conjunction with the Department of Music, welcomes Bruce Levingston as our first Chancellor’s Honors College Artist-in-Residence.  Mr. Levingston is a world-renowned classical pianist; he will work with students to develop their interests and opportunities, both in the arts and in general.  This new position is made possible through a generous endowment from Lester “Ruff” Fant through the Lester G. Fant III Charitable Lead Annuity Trust.  For more information about Bruce Levingston, visit here.

Special Programs and Scholarship Application Available

The Special Programs and Scholarship Application for prospective Fall 2015 freshmen is available here.  Remember that you must first apply to the University of Mississippi before accessing the Special Programs application.  Those who apply by our Early-Action deadline of November 1 will be notified of our decision by December 20.  The regular deadline is 11:59 pm CST January 5, 2015.  Regular applicants will be notified by the beginning of March.  Students accepted under either deadline have until May 1, 2015 to accept or decline the offer.  We look forward to reading hundreds of awesome applications.

SMBHC Welcomes Record Freshman Class

The Honors College welcomes 376 freshmen in its Class of 2018!  The students hail from 27 states and 3 foreign countries, with 54% being from the great state of Mississippi.  This impressive body of citizen scholars averages a 3.93 high school GPA and a 30.3 ACT.

Our time together begins with the Freshman Retreat August 20-22.  Click here to see the schedule.

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.

Last Updated:06/02/2014