Academic Common Market (ACM)
The Academic Common Market (ACM) is a cooperative agreement for sharing educational programs and facilities, allowing residents of a participating state to pursue academic degree programs not offered in their home states without having to pay out-of-state tuition charges. The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) coordinates the activities of the Academic Common Market for the twelve participating states, which include Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.
In our department, only students majoring in GEOLOGICAL ENGINEERING can benefit from the ACM.
Eligibility for programs offered by the University of Mississippi is determined by the state in which the student resides. Use the SREB website to determine if a particular state will certify admission to the ACM program in Geological Engineering.
ACM Policies and Procedures for Geological Engineering
To be eligible for the Academic Common Market program in GE, students must reside in one of the twelve participating states.
Freshmen: ACT Math Subsection score of 24; or Redesigned SAT Math subsection score of 580 or B or higher in MATH 125 (or equivalent course if taken at other institution) AND a core high school GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Transfer students / change of majors: complete at least 12 credit hours of collegiate coursework with at least 2.25 GPA. If the student’s Math ACT (or equivalent) >=24, the 12 credits can be any collegiate courses. If the student’s Math ACT (or equivalent) < 24, a B or higher in Math 125 (or equivalent or higher course) would also satisfy the admission policy.
It is the student’s responsibility to contact the State Coordinator about possible access to the Academic Common Market.
How to Apply to the ACM
For students wishing to enter a program as an Academic Common Market student, the following steps must be followed.
- Apply for admission through the Office of Undergraduate Admission at the University of Mississippi. Students must first be accepted for admission into the program for which his/her state has access through the Academic Common Market. If accepted, the student will receive a letter of acceptance for the approved ACM undergraduate degree program.
- Request the ACM application from your home state coordinator. This application must be completed and returned to your ACM state coordinator along with your acceptance letter from the University of Mississippi. The listing of all state contacts is found at SREB under Academic Common Market and Participating States. Only your state ACM office can approve the degree program, verify your residency and issue a letter of acceptance for the ACM program. Please be aware that each state has developed its own forms and procedures for certifying students.
After certifying the residency of an applicant, the State Coordinator sends a notice of certification to the student and to the Institutional Coordinator at the University of Mississippi. The Institutional Coordinator will make arrangements to ensure that the student will receive in-state tuition fees.
Important: The certification must be received by the University of Mississippi prior to the last date to register for the term in which the student enrolls.
Students accepted in the ACM program must take at least 12 credits in the Fall and Spring semester. The ACM applies also to the inter-sessions, during which students are allowed to take one or more courses.
ACM students are required to follow the prescribed GE course curriculum and maintain a 2.5 Resident GPA to benefit from the scholarship. Reviews of student records and majors are conducted each semester to determine ACM eligibility for the next term.
For further assistance in applying to the Academic Common Market for Geological Engineering and specific participation requirements, please contact:
202 Brevard Hall
P.O. Box 1848
University, MS 38677-1848