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Ole Miss Honors College Essay

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.

Admission Requirements

  • 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 Honors Capstone and 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 Honors Capstone and Senior Thesis

The Honors Capstone 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 capstone and thesis requirements, click here.

Benefits

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 honors@olemiss.edu.  The application deadlines are the end of the first week of both the fall and spring semesters.

The Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College currently awards a number of scholarships to incoming freshmen. Finalists for the scholarships are selected from all students who apply to the SMBHC, with decisions based on exceptional academic ability, leadership, community involvement, and potential. These scholarships are extremely competitive, with fewer than 5% of the entering freshman honors class receiving a scholarship from the Honors College.

McDonnell-Barksdale Honors Scholarships

Established through the initial endowment by Jim and Sally McDonnell Barksdale and through subsequent gifts by the Barksdales, the McDonnell-Barksdale Honors Scholarships are each worth $32,000 ($8,000 a year for four years). Recipients of these scholarships must be residents of Mississippi.

Doris Raymond Scholarships

The Doris Raymond Honors Scholarships were established to honor the first preceptor of the Scholars Program, the first version of an honors program at the University of Mississippi, which was established in 1952. The Raymond scholarships are each worth $32,000 ($8,000 a year for four years). Recipients of these scholarships are selected from all applicants to the SMBHC, regardless of residency.

Harold Parker Jr. Memorial Scholarships

The Harold Parker Memorial Scholarships were established through a gift from the estate of Katharine Parker (class of 1942), in memory of her brother Harold. The Parker scholarships are each worth $32,000 ($8,000 a year for four years). Recipients of these scholarships are selected from all applicants to the SMBHC, regardless of residency, and decisions are based on academic performance, leadership and need.

Lynda M. Shea Honors Scholarships

The Lynda M. Shea Honors Scholarships were established through a gift from John J. and Lynda M. Shea in 1998. These scholarships support honors students who are studying abroad. Recipients of these scholarships are current SMBHC students in good standing who have applied for support to study abroad.

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