Academic Common Market


The Academic Common Market is an agreement among 16 Southern Regional Education Board states to help ensure students have broad access to a wide range of educational programs. 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 be eligible to 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. Each institution may also specify minimum academic requirements for eligible students and limits on the number of spaces it reserves for Academic Common Market students.


Academic Common Market Application

Frequently Asked Questions

What states are included in the ACM?

Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, 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).

Academic Common Market Application

When should I apply to the ACM?

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

Last modified: July 17, 2017