The American College of the Mediterranean reviews applicants for its graduate and undergraduate programs through a rolling admissions process. When you choose to participate in one of our many undergraduate or graduate degree programs, you are choosing to become part of a unique group of young scholars who challenge the dominant discourses that plague our world today. 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. 
 
The American College of the Mediterranean (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 its administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other school-administered programs.

ACM reviews applicants for its graduate and undergraduate programs on a rolling admissions basis, with financial aid and housing priority given to those who apply by April 15th. Decisions, along with a $1,000 non-refundable enrollment deposit, are due by June 1stFor those submitting applications after June 1st, the non-refundable $1,000 enrollment deposit normally required post-acceptance will be required at the time of application. Please contact the U.S. office before submitting the enrollment deposit to discuss student visa processing deadlines in relation to your application submission date. If your application is not accepted, the enrollment deposit will be refunded.


For undergraduate students starting in the Springfinancial aid and housing priority are given to those who apply by September 15th. Decisions, along with a $1,000 non-refundable enrollment deposit, are due by November 1stFor those submitting applications after November 1st, the non-refundable $1,000 enrollment deposit normally required post-acceptance will be required at the time of application.

To be considered for admission, please complete the requirements as outlined in the following application instructions, according to your chosen degree:

Thank you for your interest in the American College of the Mediterranean. If you have any questions, please feel free to email admissions@acmfrance.org or call 800.221.2051.


Undergraduate Application Instructions

Please register for a MyACM Account to begin the application process.

The American College of the Mediterranean uses a rolling admissions process to review applications for its undergraduate programs. 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 BA 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. In order to gain access, students must first register for a MyACM Account.

Transcripts & 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 wishing to be considered for merit scholarships must have official ACT and/or SAT score reports sent to ACM.***

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

***Due to test cancellations as result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and because the health and safety of our students and applicants are of the utmost importance to ACM, we are waiving the following SAT/ACT requirement for the Fall 2021 applicant pool.

For students who have completed coursework at institutions outside of the United States, a Course-by-Course Evaluation report of your transcript/s from World Education Services (WES) may be necessary as part of your 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 your 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 #303
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 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 your strengths as a student and a person. Note that these should be emailed by the individual writing the recommendation. Otherwise, they will not be accepted.

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 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.



Enrollment Deposit
A non-refundable enrollment deposit of $1,000 is due at time of application if applying after June 1st (Fall applicants) or November 1st (Spring applicants). Students who apply before these dates have until June 1st (Fall applicants) or November 1st (Spring applicants) to submit the deposit. If your application is not accepted, the enrollment deposit will be refunded.

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 & 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.


Application Deadlines

Fall Start Dates: Applications are reviewed on a Rolling Admissions basis, with financial aid and housing priority given to those who apply by April 15th. Decisions, along with a $1,000 non-refundable enrollment deposit, are due by June 1st. For those submitting applications after June 1st, the non-refundable $1,000 enrollment deposit normally required post-acceptance will be required at the time of application. Please contact the U.S. office before submitting the enrollment deposit to discuss student visa processing deadlines in relation to your application submission date.

Spring Start Dates: Applications are reviewed on a Rolling Admissions basis, with financial aid and housing priority* given to those who apply by September 15th. Decisions, along with a $1,000 non-refundable enrollment deposit, are due by November 1st. For those submitting applications after November 1st, the non-refundable $1,000 enrollment deposit normally required post-acceptance will be required at the time of application. Please contact the U.S. office before submitting the enrollment deposit to discuss student visa processing deadlines in relation to your application submission date.



Graduate Application Instructions

Please register for a MyACM Account to begin the application process.

The American College of the Mediterranean uses a rolling admissions process to review applications for its graduate programs: Master of Fine Arts (MFA), Master of Arts in French Studies (MAFS), Master of Arts in Art History (MAAH), Master of Arts in International Relations (MAIR), Master of Arts in Media Studies (MAMS), and Global Master of Business Administration (GMBA).

Financial aid and housing priority is given to those who apply by April 15th. Decisions, along with a $1,000 non-refundable enrollment deposit, are due by June 1st. For those submitting applications after June 1st, the non-refundable $1,000 enrollment deposit normally required post-acceptance will be required at the time of application. Please contact the U.S. office before submitting the enrollment deposit to discuss student visa processing deadlines in relation to your application submission date. If your application is not accepted, the enrollment deposit will be refunded.

To be considered, applicants must have (or will have earned by the time of enrollment) a post-secondary diploma. A phone or internet conversation with an ACM admissions team member may be required to gather additional information from applicants.

Admission to the ACM graduate programs is based on a review of the following items:

  1. Online Application Form
  2. Official Transcript
  3. Personal Statement
  4. Curriculum Vitae (C.V.) or Resume
  5. Two Letters of Recommendation
  6. Proof of English Language Proficiency (if applicable)
  7. $60 Non-refundable Application Fee
  8. Program Specific Requirements: 
    • MFA Program: A Portfolio of 20 images of recent work including a minimum of 5 drawings and 10 paintings
    • GMBA Program: GMAT/GRE Scores (if applying for merit scholarships)


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

Transcripts
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 an undergraduate institution, ACM requires that the student send a final official transcript after they graduate with completed courses and graduation date listed.

For students who have completed coursework at institutions outside of the United States, a Course-by-Course Evaluation report of your transcript/s from World Education Services (WES) may be necessary as part of your 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 your 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 #303
San Diego, CA 92108

Personal Statement
As part of the online application, students are required to submit a personal statement in response to the following prompt:

Describe why you are applying to this specific Master's program at ACM. Describe your interest in this field and your motivation in continuing your education at ACM. Please also include what you hope to gain through graduate study and any career goals you may have.

Master of Arts in French Studies applicants are required to submit the personal statement in French.

Curriculum Vitae (C.V.) or Résumé
To gain a broader sense of the applicant's experiences and interests, ACM requires a C.V. or resume of (at least) the past five years of university and/or employment history; community, professional, and/or university extracurricular activities; and recognitions and achievements.

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 your strengths as a student and a person. Note that these should be emailed by the individual writing the recommendation. Otherwise, they will not be accepted.

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.

Non-Refundable Application Fee
The $60 application fee is required before an application is considered complete and ready for review.


Program-Specific Requirements:


Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Portfolio: 20 images of recent work including a minimum of 5 drawings and 10 pieces relating to your painting concentration.

Submitting Portfolio Files: Portfolio files must be submitted using Dropbox. If an applicant does not already have an account, one can be created for free at www.dropbox.com. To submit these files, create a new folder named LastName.FirstName_MFAApplication and add all portfolio-related files. Images should be submitted as JPEG’s no larger than 1 MB each (approximately 1400 pixels in either direction at a resolution of 100 dpi). Please format image files: LastName.FirstName_1.jpg - LastName.FirstName_20.jpg.
Click “share” from the Dropbox menu to generate a link. Send this link to admissions@ACMFrance.org with the subject line: MFA Application Files for Lastname.FirstName. Note: Dropbox preserves the time of each folder’s last modification, and after sharing the folder link with ACM, we ask that no further changes are made in the MFA Application folder.

Global Master of Business Administration (GMBA)
GMAT/GRE scores are not required for admittance but can be submitted at the time of application as supplementary documentation. However, to be considered for merit scholarships, official score reports from either or both tests are required and should be sent to ACM directly from the respective agency. ***Due to test cancellations as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and because the health and safety of our students and applicants are of the utmost importance to ACM, we are waiving the following GMAT/GRE requirement for the Fall 2021 applicant pool.



Non-Refundable Enrollment Deposit
A non-refundable enrollment deposit of $1,000 is due at time of application if applying after June 1st. Students who apply before this date have until June 1st to submit the deposit. If your application is not accepted, the enrollment deposit will be refunded. 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.

ACM Scholarships & 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.

Application Deadlines

ACM reviews applicants for its graduate programs on a rolling admissions basis, with financial aid and housing priority given to those who apply by April 15th.  Decisions, along with a $1,000 non-refundable enrollment deposit, are due by June 1st. 

For those submitting applications after June 1st, the non-refundable $1,000 enrollment deposit normally required post-acceptance will be required at the time of application. Please contact the U.S. office before submitting the enrollment deposit to discuss student visa processing deadlines in relation to your application submission date. If your application is not accepted, the enrollment deposit will be refunded.

Please note that financial aid priority is given to those who apply for aid with their application for admission. Scholarship and Financial Aid packages will be sent to students along with their admissions decision. 


The American College of the Mediterranean (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 its administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs and other school-administered programs.

Thank you for your interest in ACM!

Please note that candidates are responsible for ensuring that the completed application and all supporting materials reach ACM in accordance with our application deadlines. Once complete, students can expect to hear from the Office of Admissions within two weeks, although this could be longer if the student also applied for financial aid.

Any questions may be directed to admissions@acmfrance.org.