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

SMBHC to Welcome Extraordinary Performers at Honors Spring Convocation

Three great artists of our time, Alessandra Ferri, Italy’s prima ballerina assoluta and a living legend of the dance world, Herman Cornejo, virtuoso Argentinian dancer and star principal of American Ballet Theatre, and Bruce Levingston, acclaimed concert pianist and recording artist and UM Honors College Artist in Residence will come together for an unforgettable evening of music and dance at the Honors Spring Convocation on Tuesday, February 23rd, at 7:30 pm at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts.

Apply Now for US-UK Fulbright Commission’s Summer Institutes

Freshmen and Sophomores interested in travel and study in the United Kingdom this summer should check out the US-UK Fulbright Commission’s Summer Institutes for United States undergraduates. This competitive program offers full funding for United States undergraduates (aged over 18), with at least two years of undergraduate study left to complete, to come to the UK on a three, four, five or six week academic and cultural summer program. Students apply for one of nine programs, which cover topics such as Shakespeare and the Globe Theater, Climate Change, Slavery and Atlantic Heritage, Rome’s Northern Frontier, Leadership, Development Studies, and Scottish, Irish, or Welsh culture. Students with little or no international travel experience are preferred. Application deadlines vary by program and are February 23 or 26, 2016. For more information about each program and to apply please visit the website of the UK Fulbright Commission. For assistance with your application, please visit Tim Dolan, Director of the Office of National Scholarships. (662) 915-1798.

Honors College Receives Record Number of Applications

The Honors College received 1,318 applications by its deadline, 23% more than the previous record set last year.  The application pool represents 34 states and 3 foreign countries.  The admissions committee is diligently reviewing these applications and will notify applicants of their decision by the end of February.  We are impressed by the quality of the applicants and are excited in the interest you have shown in the University of Mississippi and the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College.

Bruce Levingston’s Heavy Sleep, Best of 2015

Artist-in-Residence Bruce Levingston’s album Heavy Sleep has been included on the New York Times list of Best Classical Music Recordings of 2015. Congratulations, Mr. Levingston!

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