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Apply to NUNM

Applying to the National University of Natural Medicine is the first step toward becoming a part of a community of passionate individuals making the world a better place through natural medicine. Our exceptional programs in naturopathic medicine, classical Chinese medicine, integrative medicine research, global health, and nutrition help prepare you for exciting, meaningful careers.

Start Your Application

Start your application today for any NUNM’s graduate and undergraduate programs:

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Current Student Add Program – More information to come!
Requires a letter of recommendation from a current NUNM faculty member.


— Application Deadline Extended — Due to the delay in FAFSA data, NUNM is extending our application deadline! If you’re interested in enrolling for fall 2024, please contact NUNM Admissions .

  • February 1, 2024: Fall 2024 scholarship deadline
  • May 1, 2024 (Deadline has been extended): Fall 2024 clinical programs — ND and CCM
  • June 1, 2024: Fall 2024 non-clinical programs — Nutrition, Global Health, and Research
  • July 1, 2024: Add/Change program application for current NUNM students

Questions? Call 503.552.1660 or email us at

Fall 2024 Application Fee Waived

NUNM is thrilled to announce that the application fee for Fall 2024 is currently being waived. We hope this makes it easier than ever for you to embark on your holistic health journey.

There’s no better time to embark on this transformative path. Apply today and join a community committed to fostering well-being through the power of natural medicine!

Application Process

NUNM values and encourages students with a broad range of academic and life experiences to apply. We evaluate candidates holistically, taking into consideration the following important characteristics that are indicators of success: Dedication to service, compassion, critical-thinking skills, ability to effectively communicate, self-discipline, self-awareness, and sense of purpose.

We also look for candidates with:

  • An affinity for and/or prior experience with the program or field to which the applicant is applying
  • A solid academic record, and valuable work and volunteer experiences
  • A demonstrated understanding of healthcare issues and awareness of natural medicine practice
  • Recommendation(s) that attest to your recent academic and work performance

The requirements for admission vary based on the degree program to which you are applying. While NUNM does not have a specific minimum GPA requirement, only a small percentage of applicants are admitted with a GPA below a 3.0.

Where to send supplementary application materials

Send all supplementary application materials, such as official transcripts and any other additional documents, by one of the following methods:

  • Email:
  • Mail: Attn: NUNM Admissions, 49 S. Porter St., Portland, OR 97201
  • Fax: 503.499.0027

Preparing to Apply for Admission

  1. Identify your program of interest.
  2. Check the application requirements and prerequisites.
  3. For a free pre-requisite course evaluation, contact NUNM Admissions.
  4. Review essay question(s) and prepare your essay according to the instructions.
  5. Identify professors and/or work supervisors who would be able to complete your recommendations.*
  6. Request official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
  7. Submit application prior to the application deadline.
  8. Apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

International Applicants

In addition to the general requirements outlined above, international applicants must meet special requirements. Learn about being an international applicant.

Note: The Office of Admissions and National University of Natural Medicine assume no responsibility for applications that are not considered because they are incomplete. Completed application files will be evaluated and those individuals who competitively meet requirements may be invited to interview. The virtual interview is required for acceptance for ND, ND First-Year Online, DAcCHM, MAcCHM and MAc applicants. Phone interviews are normally not granted, but can be considered under documented extenuating circumstances.

NUNM, in compliance with state and federal laws and regulations, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, or veteran’s status in any of its policies, procedures, or practices. This nondiscrimination policy covers admission and access to, and treatment and employment in, university programs and activities, including but not limited to academic admissions, financial aid, educational services, and employment.