Academic Common Market

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 fifteen participating states, which include Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.

The University of Mississippi participates in the Academic Common Market in the following undergraduate degree programs:

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 programs in Southern Studies, Geological Engineering, or Forensic Chemistry.

ACM Policies and Procedures for Undergraduate Programs

Students must meet academic admission requirements for the specific major in order to be eligible for the Academic Common Market program.

For Forensic Chemistry: ACT Math Subsection score of 24; or Redesigned SAT (SATR) Math subsection score of 580; or ALEKS PPL score of 76; or completion of appropriate prerequisite college course work for CHEM 105 (General Chemistry I).

For Geological Engineering: 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).

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 last date to register for 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. 
  • ACM students are permitted to double major, but only if both programs are eligible. Adding an ineligible program will disqualify students from the ACM benefit starting the semester they begin the ineligible program.

For further assistance in applying to the Academic Common Market and specific participation requirements, please contact:

B.A. in Southern Studies
Dr. Darren Grem
Associate Professor of History and Southern Studies
307 Bishop Hall
P.O. Box 1848
University, MS 38677-1848
(662) 915-7734

B.S. in Forensic Chemistry
Dr. Kerri Scott
Instructional Professor and Associate Coordinator of Forensic Chemistry
307 Coulter Hall
P.O. Box 1848
University, MS 38677-1848
(662) 915-5334

B.S. in Geological Engineering
Mandy Dowdy
Geological Engineering
Brevard Hall
P.O. Box 1848
University, MS 38677-1848
(662) 915-2952
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