The Admissions team at VUIM answers questions and guides you through the application process! We are dedicated to supporting prospective student inquiry so that the field of Acupuncture continues to grow and develop. Adhering to the highest standards of professional conduct and ethics is a top priority.
Applicants are encouraged to apply for admission as early as possible as we have a rolling application process. The application fee is $125 for all students. An additional fee of $75 will be charged for international student applicants (students seeking a visa to study in the US). Please take a look at the priority application deadlines below for more information.
Important Admissions Policies
Deferral of an Admissions Decision
VUIM allows admitted students to defer their enrollment one time, for up to one year. Admitted students must pay their tuition deposit at the time of deferral to secure their seat in the future class term. If an admitted student does not enroll at the time chosen, their file will be discarded and they will be required to re-apply at a later date.
Administrative Withdrawal of an Application
Prospective student applicants who do not complete the admissions process for their intended start term or who are accepted but do not notify the office of admissions that they intend to defer their offer of admission will have their application administratively withdrawn. Prospective students in this situation are encouraged to contact the office of admissions at anytime to inquire about the status of their past application and to determine the steps required to re-apply.
Admissions Records Retention
All records, including academic records from other institutions, submitted to Virginia University of Integrative Medicine become part of the official file and will neither be returned nor duplicated for any purpose. It is recommended that individuals retain an additional copy of their official credentials to keep in their possession for all other personal requirements.
All admissions documentation and the application data of applicants who enroll will be retained onsite for a maximum of seven years, or until the enrolled student graduates. At that time, the admissions documentation and application data may be stored offsite for a maximum of three additional years and then destroyed. In the following cases, all admission documentation and applicant data will be retained for 12 months, and then destroyed:
1) Applicants who do not register for courses at the time for which they have been admitted
2) Applicants whose applications have been denied
3) Applicants who do not respond to the Office of Graduate Admissions’ requests for additional information, or are incomplete at the start of a term
4) Applicants who defer and do not start class on the selected deferral date
Candidates for admission may be admitted conditionally. Conditional admission is a temporary status given to candidates who have not met one of the admissions requirements fully. Conditional admission requires a student to meet their “condition” of admission no later than the end of the first term that they are enrolled. Therefore, if they do not meet the condition of admission, they will be withdrawn and are required to re-apply in the future.
Right to Rescind Admission
VUIM reserves the right to rescind admission or enrollment in exceptional circumstances, whether occurring during the time of application review, or after the admissions decision has been made, if the University finds that:
Academic performance has declined since application; An applicant misrepresented or falsified information in their application; Behavioral issues or disciplinary incidents put in question the suitability of the applicant for the program; or Conditions of acceptance outlined in the conditional/provisional acceptance letter were not met, or not met by the deadline.
Please expect a reply within 48 business hour of your request.
Admissions Office Hours: Monday-Friday 9:30am-5:00 pm