ACADEMIC COMMON MARKET OF THE SOUTHERN REGIONAL EDUCATION BOARD
The Academic Common Market is an association of 16 states (Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia). The ACM allows public colleges and universities in member states to share specified academic degree programs. This is accomplished through an exchange of students across borders at in-state tuition rates, with the receiving institution paying the out-of-state portion of tuition. Approximately 30 programs are available to UA students through the ACM; the Colleges of Commerce and Business Administration and Human Environmental Sciences do not participate; and no programs will be added in the future. In the table at http://acm.ua.edu, there is a list of the degree programs available at UA for a particular state’s residents.
UA freshmen or undergraduate transfer students must have earned at least a 25 ACT composite score or 1130 SAT composite score (math and critical reading only) plus at least a 3.0 overall high school GPA to be considered for an ACM tuition grant at UA. The admission test score and high school GPA both are minimum criteria, and there is not an appeal process for students failing to meet one or both. Students must have been admitted to UA before they can apply for an ACM tuition grant. Students complete the brief application form at the UA ACM Web site to initiate ACM consideration. Graduate students must have been admitted to one of the selected masters or doctoral programs appearing in the UA table of approved ACM programs in order to apply for an ACM tuition grant.
For continuing support after the first semester and for every subsequent semester of ACM support, each UA ACM undergraduate or graduate student must maintain at least a 3.00 overall GPA on all UA coursework attempted. Grades earned on transfer courses are not considered in the UA overall GPA for ACM purposes. Maintaining a 3.0 or higher GPA is in addition to the long-standing requirement that an ACM-supported student must maintain residency in the same state and stay in the same major in which the student was certified initially.
The University of Alabama Graduate School administers all ACM programs and has a designated institutional ACM coordinator. For complete information about the ACM at UA, visit http://acm.ua.edu.