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 sixteen participating states, which include Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.
Participation in the Academic Common Market allows qualified students from selected states to pay in-state tuition while pursuing certain degree programs at The University of Mississippi. This arrangement is available only to students whose home states do not offer the designated program.
Eligibility for programs offered by The University of Mississippi is determined by the state in which the student resides.
The University of Mississippi participates in the Academic Common Market in the following undergraduate degree programs:
All states and/or degree programs within the Academic Common Market are not necessarily approved at the undergraduate level at The University of Mississippi. Student should use the SREB website to determine if particular states will certify admission to the programs in Geological Engineering and Forensic Chemistry.
ACM Policies and Procedures for Undergraduate Programs
For students wishing to enter a program as an Academic Common Market student, the following steps must be followed. It is the student's responsibility to contact the State Coordinator about possible access through the Academic Common Market.
- 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 is not charged out-of-state tuition fees.
- Important: The certification certificate must be received at The University of Mississippi prior to the first day of classes of the term in which the student enrolls.
- A student is required to follow the prescribed course curriculum and maintain satisfactory academic performance in the selected major. 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 and specific participation requirements, please contact:
B. S. in Geological Engineering
School of Engineering
217 Brevard Hall
P.O. Box 1848
University, MS 38677-1848
B. S. in Forensic Chemistry
Dr. Kerri Scott
Instructional Assistant Professor and Associate Director of Forensic Chemistry
332 Coulter Hall
P.O. Box 1848
University, MS 38677-1848