State and Institutional Notes
Auburn University limits ACM access to undergraduate programs. Only 25 new ACM participants are accepted each year, and students must be at either the junior or senior level to participate in the ACM. Auburn selects applicants on a competitive basis; for which the deadline is March 15th. Applicants should contact the institutional coordinator’s office prior to contacting his/her state coordinator.
The University of Alabama limits ACM access to the programs that are currently listed in the ACM inventory. Further, UA applies the following two new conditions for eligibility for approved ACM programs:
The annual ACM Deadline for fall admissions is May 1st.
Only first-time, incoming freshman are eligible for the ACM program.
For first-time ACM certification, an undergraduate student must have at least a 27 ACT composite score or 1260 SAT composite score (math and verbal only) and at least a 3.50 overall high school GPA.
For continuing participation after the initial semester of ACM support, each UA ACM student must maintain at least a 3.00 cumulative GPA on all UA course work attempted. This GPA standard is in addition to the long-standing requirements for maintaining residency and major.
UA ACM does not provide a probation semester. The ACM award is lost if student fall below 3.0 overall GPA.
ACM award is only approved for 8 academic semesters – summers are not included.
ACM students are not allowed to double major under the ACM program. Adding a second major, regardless of ACM-eligibility, will result in the loss of ACM award. ACM students are prohibited from a minor unless required for major. Also, undergraduate students are prohibited from enrollment in graduate school courses.
ACM students must maintain full-time status. Dropping below full-time will result in loss of ACM award.
ACM award does not post to student account until grades are verified each semester.
The University of Delaware limits ACM access to the programs that are currently listed in the ACM inventory.
The state of Florida limits ACM access to graduate programs only.
The University of Florida requires that student certifications be submitted to the ACM Institutional Coordinator at the University of Florida prior to the payment deadline for the upcoming semester’s tuition and fees. Any certifications received by the institution on or after the payment deadline, will not be processed until the following semester. Students should be directed to the academic calendar for the University of Florida to view the upcoming tuition and fee payment deadlines.
The state of Georgia does not accept and will not review program inclusion requests (to add new degrees to the ACM). Therefore, Georgia residents are limited to choose only from the ACM-eligible degrees already activated in the program inventories of eligible out-of-state institutions. Also, the state of Georgia does not include "mode of delivery" as a determinant for program eligibility for state residents.
Georgia Institute of Technology limits ACM access to graduate programs that are currently listed in the ACM inventory.
Georgia State University limits ACM access to graduate programs only.
The University of Georgia grants ACM access after students have completed at least 60 credit hours and have been formally admitted to the ACM degree program. ACM eligibility at UGA is limited to four academic semesters for undergraduate students and continues through ACM degree program completion for graduate students.
The state of Louisiana does not include “mode of delivery” as a determinant of program eligibility for state residents.
The State of Maryland has a strict ACM application deadline policy. The following ACM deadlines are firm and cannot be appealed:
Fall semester – March 1st through June 30th
Spring semester – September 1st through November 15th
Summer semester – January 2nd through February 28th
NOTE: These deadlines are subject to change without prior notice. For certainty, please always check the state’s ACM webpage at https://mhec.maryland.gov/institutions_training/Pages/acadaff/commonmarket.aspx for accurate deadlines.
The University of Maryland, Eastern Shore does not participate in the ACM.
The University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) does not participate in the ACM.
Towson University does not participate in the ACM.
The state of Mississippi limits the eligibility of Mississippi residents participating in the ACM program to those enrolled in degree programs on a full-time basis. Full-time enrollment status will be based on the host institution's definition.
The state of Mississippi does not include "mode of delivery" as a determinant of program eligibility for state residents.
Mississippi State University limits ACM access to the programs that are currently listed in the ACM inventory.
To be eligible to receive the Academic Common Market tuition remission for approved programs, an entering student must have an ACT composite score of 22 or better (minimum ACT sub-score of 19 for Math and English) and a core GPA of 2.75 on the high school transcripts.
Transfer students (4-year college, community college, and internal program transfers) must have a GPA of 2.75 on the college transcripts.
To be admitted into ACM-approved graduate programs, applicants must meet minimum university requirements, as well as any specific departmental requirements that may apply.
As part of the Academic Common Market application student must secure a letter from the home department confirming that:
The student has been admitted into the appropriate ACM-eligible major at Mississippi State University.
The student meets the Mississippi State University Academic Common Market criteria as stated above.
NOTE: This letter is critical as it informs the Academic Common Market Coordinator of the student’s home state, that the student meets the criteria to access the desired major through the Academic Common Market at Mississippi State University.
Please be advised that Mississippi State University ACM has deadlines to submit all ACM paperwork to Mississippi State University’s ACM Office by the following dates:
Fall Semester June 30th
Spring Semester October 31st
Summer Semester(s) March 31st
In order to maintain ACM eligibility, students must maintain a 3.0 overall GPA.
The University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) limits ACM access to the programs that are currently listed in the ACM inventory.
The Provost for the University of Southern Mississippi will review additions to the institution’s ACM inventory on a case-by-case basis.
Mississippi State University, The University of Mississippi and The University of Southern Mississippi are not adding any new programs to the ACM.
Effective of the General Assembly of North Carolina’s Appropriations Act of 2011, North Carolina’s participation in the ACM, as both a sender and a receiver of students, ended.
The University of Oklahoma limits ACM access to the programs that are currently listed in the ACM inventory and is not considering additional programs.
The state of South Carolina limits the eligibility of South Carolina residents participating in the ACM program to those enrolled in degree programs on a full-time basis. Full-time enrollment status will be based on the host institution's definition.
The state of South Carolina does not include "mode of delivery" as a determinant of program eligibility for state residents.
Students must be approved for the ACM their first semester at Clemson: first-time freshmen or first-time graduate student. Students will lose their ACM tuition rate if they change their majors.
Clemson limits ACM access to 35 new ACM participants each year.
Applicants should first contact their state coordinator. Clemson will notify the South Carolina State Coordinator when our limit has been reached on new student participation.
Receipt of the ACM waiver may affect eligibility for other scholarships.
Students who seek approval for ACM in engineering (except for Biosystems Engineering) and business majors are not eligible for consideration for ACM until their sophomore year; at which time they have declared a major and the major has been approved for ACM.
The following institutions do not participate in the ACM program:
College of Charleston
Francis Marion University
Coastal Carolina University will not add the BSBA in Marketing (Professional Golf Management) to the ACM. This restriction will remain in effect until further notice. Check again in 2020.
Tennessee students will no longer have access to the MS in Prosthetics and Orthotics degrees at Alabama State University or University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center after June 1, 2023.
The state of Texas limits ACM access to graduate programs only.
The University of Texas at Austin does not participate in the ACM.
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston currently does not participate in the ACM.
The state of Virginia reviews program inclusion requests once a year. The deadline for submitting program inclusion requests is February of each year. This process may take up to one (1) year to complete and there is no guarantee that the request will be approved.
The College of William and Mary limits ACM access to the program that is currently listed in the ACM inventory.
The following institutions do not participate in the ACM program:
Christopher Newport University
George Mason University
James Madison University
University of Mary Washington
University of Virginia
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Military Institute
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)
West Virginia University participates in the ACM at the graduate degree level only
West Virginia University Institute of Technology participates in the ACM at the graduate degree level only
For institution-specific ACM requirements, please visit the institution’s ACM page or contact the state or institution coordinator directly.