Undergraduate Application Instructions

Register for a MyACM Account to begin the application process.  To be considered, applicants must have (or will have earned) a high school diploma, or its equivalent by the time of enrollment into the program. A phone or internet conversation with an ACM admissions team member may be required to gather additional information from applicants.

Admission to the ACM bachelor's program is based on a review of the following items:

  1. Online Application Form
  2. Official Transcript
  3. Personal Essay
  4. Extracurricular Activities
  5. Two Letters of Recommendation
  6. Proof of English Language Proficiency (if applicable)
  7. $60 Non-refundable Application Fee

Online Application
Students complete the application form online. To gain access, students must first register for a MyACM Account.

Transcripts and Test Scores
Students are required to mail in an official hard copy of their transcript to the address below or submit an official electronic copy to admissions@acmfrance.org. Students have the option to upload an unofficial copy to their MyACM account that ACM will use to review their application, however, acceptance is conditional upon receiving the official hard or electronic copy. If the student is currently enrolled in a high school or secondary institution, ACM requires that the student send a final official transcript after they graduate with completed courses and graduation date listed.

ACM does not require ACT/SAT scores for admittance. However, students may share their official ACT and/or SAT score with ACM for additional consideration. 

  • ACT scores - ACM's code is 7925
  • SAT scores - ACM's code is 7611

For students who have completed coursework at institutions outside of the United States, a Course-by-Course Evaluation report of their transcript/s from World Education Services (WES) may be necessary as part of their application. Even if classes were taught in English and the transcript is written in English, an evaluation may be required. This is up to the discretion of the ACM admissions team. For students who will be sending a final transcript after graduation, a Course-by-Course Evaluation report from WES of their final transcript may be required at that time. Please direct WES to mail an official copy of the evaluation report to the address below.

The American College of the Mediterranean
409 Camino del Rio South
Suite #200
San Diego, CA 92108

Personal Essay (300-700 Words)
As part of the online application, students are required to submit a personal essay in response to one of the following prompts:

  1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
  2. The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
  3. Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?
  4. Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma - anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.
  5. Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.

Extracurricular Activities
As part of the online application, applicants are asked to list any extracurricular activities that they have participated in during their high school career. This includes professional, athletic, artistic, individual/team, volunteer, religious, academic, or other types of activities (be creative!):

  • Activity type
  • Organization Name
  • Position/Leadership description
  • Years of participation
  • Timing of participation (during the school year, during school break, all year)
  • Hours spent per week
  • Weeks spent per year
  • What you accomplished and any recognition you received
  • Whether or not you intend to participate in a similar activity at ACM

Two Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation must be submitted via email to admissions@acmfrance.org. These recommendations can be done by a teacher, professor, advisor, supervisor, employer, or someone who can speak to the applicant's strengths as a student and a person. Letters must be emailed by the individual writing the recommendation. 

NOTE: Letters of recommendations are waived for IAU alumni. 

Proof of English Language Proficiency
Applicants whose native language is not English, unless they have been attending an English-speaking school/university for at least 3 years, must submit an official TOEFL score or IELTS English language proficiency exam. ACM requires a minimum TOEFL score of 79 or a minimum IELTS score of 6.5. This requirement may be waived by ACM's U.S. Office of Admissions under certain circumstances.

Application Fee
A non-refundable application fee of $60 is required (waived for IAU alumni) before an application is considered complete and ready for review. Application fee waivers may be granted upon request and review by the ACM admissions team.

Non-Reundable Enrollment Deposit
A non-refundable enrollment deposit of $500 is due at time of application if applying after June 1st (Fall applicants) or November 1st (Spring applicants). If a student's application is not accepted, the enrollment deposit will be refunded.

Students who apply before these dates have until June 1st (Fall applicants) or November 1st (Spring applicants) to submit the deposit. 

Fees can be submitted via check (for U.S. Citizens only) to our U.S. Office of Admissions or through the secure credit card authorization form on our online payment portal. Application fee waivers may be granted upon request and review by the ACM admissions team.

ACM Scholarships and Financial Aid
Students have the option to apply for ACM scholarships and grants as part of their online application. Types of aid available can be viewed on the Financial Aid webpage.

The American College of the Mediterranean (ACM) welcomes students from all backgrounds and identities and encourages them to fully engage in the rich and complicated history of the Mediterranean. The Admissions Committee appreciates maturity, independence, openness to difference, curiosity, and resilience. 
ACM admits students of any race, color, national origin, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. ACM does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other school-administered programs.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email admissions@acmfrance.org or call 800.221.2051.