The American College of the Mediterranean is currently pursuing accreditation with The New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE). NECHE has determined that ACM is eligible to proceed with an application for candidacy for accreditation within two years. A determination of eligibility is not candidacy or accreditation, nor does it indicate a likelihood of eventual accreditation. Questions about eligibility and the accreditation process should be directed to the President of the Commission. 

The process of becoming regionally accredited in the United States is comprehensive and can take several years. Until then, ACM offers its students the option to enroll with one of its schools of record in order to receive a transcript from a U.S. university and to be eligible to apply for private student loans in the United States.

Graduate Students

ACM offers its graduate students in the following programs the option of receiving a transcript from ACM's School of Record, Northern Illinois University (NIU), a public U.S. institution accredited through the Higher Learning Commission:

Master of Arts in Art History (MAAH)
Master of Arts in French Studies (MAFS)
Master of Arts in International Relations (MAIR)
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Please note that at present, there is not an option for Master of Arts in Media Studies, Global Master of Business Administration, or Master of Arts in International Education Administration students to receive a transcript from NIU.

Though it may not be necessary for students to have transcripts from an accredited U.S. institution when applying for future jobs and graduate institutions, opting for a transcript from NIU can give students peace of mind that their graduate courses will be recognized in the United States, as well as enable them to be eligible for private student loans through Sallie Mae. More information about these private loans can be found here.

NIU invoices for the transcript for each semester/term, even if only a final transcript is required by the student. The NIU transcript fees are $1,225 per semester and $885 per summer term. ACM will cover half of the associated costs. The charge to the students would be as follows: 

Graduate Degree Program Semesters Required NIU Transcript Fee Student Cost
MAAH/MAFS/MAIR 2 semesters + 1 summer $3,335 $1,650
MFA 4 semesters $4,900 $2,400

Please note that if a student chooses to enroll in additional terms,
a transcript fee will apply to those terms as well. All fees are subject to change.

Students wishing to receive a transcript through NIU must communicate this with ACM’s Office of Admissions prior to enrollment at ACM, as there is a process students must complete with both NIU and ACM. This process must be completed before the student's program begins and cannot be done retroactively.

Whether or not a student opts for a transcript from NIU, ACM still issues its own academic transcripts to each of its students.

Undergraduate Students

ACM offers its undergraduate students the option of receiving a transcript from ACM's School of Record, Fairfield University, a private U.S. institution accredited through the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).

Though it may not be necessary for students to have transcripts from an accredited U.S. institution when applying for future jobs and graduate institutions, opting for a transcript from Fairfield can give students peace of mind that their undergraduate courses will be recognized in the United States, as well as enable them to be eligible for private student loans in the US.

ACM will invoice students directly for the $550 per semester cost of enrolling with Fairfield University. 

Students wishing to receive a transcript through Fairfield must communicate this with ACM’s Office of Admissions prior to enrollment at ACM, as there is a process students must complete with both Fairfield and ACM. This process must be completed before the student's program begins and cannot be done retroactively.

Whether or not a student opts for a transcript from Fairfield, ACM still issues its own academic transcripts to each of its students. Student degrees will come from ACM and not from Fairfield.

All questions may be directed to admissions@acmfrance.org