The Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College at the University of Mississippi invites students who did not enter the College as freshmen to join through the Junior-Entry Program. This program welcomes both transfer and current UM students. Through the Junior-Entry Program students will become involved in research in their majors, take Honors courses, and contribute to the larger society through community service.
- A minimum of a 3.50 undergraduate GPA
- Permission of the student’s major department
Honors College Requirements
The Honors College has set forth challenging and beneficial requirements meant to encourage talented students to serve their communities, develop their own scholarly interests, and become more involved with the research pursuits of University faculty. Specifically, the requirements are:
- Successful completion of the Exploratory Research Project
- Successful completion of the Senior Thesis
- Successful completion of at least one other Honors course
- Successful completion of the Community Action Component while a member of the SMBHC
The Exploratory Research Project and Senior Thesis
The exploratory research project and senior thesis requirements encourage students either to develop their own scholarly interests or to become more involved with the research pursuits of University faculty. The completion of this independent work, particularly with the thesis, will set you apart from other university students. The most common experience for these two requirements is to do independent research with a faculty mentor in the junior year, and then write the results of that research as your thesis in the senior year. For more information on the research and thesis requirements, click here.
Participants in the Junior-Entry Program have 24-hour access to the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors Center, which houses a computer lab, lounge, kitchen, study rooms, and classrooms. With twenty-four hour access to the building, many students see the Honors Center as a place to socialize and as their “home away from home.” They also have the advantage of priority registration and have the option of living in honors housing.
Upon graduation, students who successfully complete the Junior-Entry Program will graduate as an Honors Scholar in his or her major (e.g. Honors Scholar in Biochemistry). The student will participate in the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College commissioning ceremony, and the distinction of being an Honors Scholar will be noted on the student’s transcript.
The Junior-Entry Program is truly a rewarding experience. To apply, download the application. Or you can request a copy by calling 662-915-7294 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The application deadlines are the end of the first week of both the fall and spring semesters.