Frequently Asked Questions
About the Academic Common Market

What is the purpose of the ACM?

The Academic Common Market is an agreement among 16 Southern Regional Education Board states.  According to the agreement, if one of these participating states does not offer a particular degree program through its state-supported institutions, a resident of that state may enroll in that degree program at an institution in one of the other states without having to pay out-of-state tuition. Each state specifies which programs offered at out of-state universities it will allow its residents to attend as common market students.

What states are included in the ACM?
Alabama, Arkansas, Deleware, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia are all states that participate in the ACM.  The states of Florida, North Carolina and Texas do not participate in the Academic Common Market at the undergraduate level.

What are the requirements to participate in the ACM at Auburn University?

To qualify for the ACM, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be accepted into a degree program that qualifies for ACM status
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.00 on all college-level coursework attempted (including transfer work)
  • Completion of 60 semester or 90 quarter hours at the time of enrollment (all of which must count towards a student’s degree program)
  • Junior or Senior level standing

How do I apply for the ACM?
To apply for the ACM, students must complete and submit an application to the Office Undergraduate Studies, 209 Samford Hall, Auburn University, AL 36849.  Applications are available online or can be picked up in the Associate Provost’s Office (same address).

When should I apply to the ACM?
Students should apply to the ACM the academic term before they have acquired the required minimum number of hours.  Applications are due to the Office of the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies, 209 Samford Hall by March 15. 

Are there any ACM restrictions?
Yes, students must remain enrolled full-time.  Part-time students do not qualify for ACM tuition waivers.  Students are also expected to maintain a 3.0 overall GPA and continue making progress in the approved ACM program. 

When do most students apply?
Normally, students apply in the second semester of their sophomore year.

How many students are accepted into the ACM?
The number of students accepted for admission at Auburn University under the ACM is limited to 25 per year.

How are students selected?
Students are selected on a competitive basis by the ACM Screening Committee.

How will I know if I have been accepted?
A letter of acceptance/denial is sent by the Office of Undergraduate Studies to applicants.

How long does it take to be approved for ACM?
Approval can take as little as two weeks, depending on how quickly students submit the proper paperwork.


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