Admissions Process

Admission Interview

Once your application package and all supporting documents have been received, you will be invited to Five Branches for a personal interview with one of the members of the admissions committee. The admissions interview is a mutually beneficial process, allowing you the ability to acquire additional information not gained in previous interactions with Five Branches, while the admissions committee has the opportunity to get to know you on a more personal level.

Application Review

After your interview, your file will be reviewed by the admissions committee. In evaluating applicants the committee takes into consideration many factors: academic achievement, professional experience, recommendations, accomplishments, personal character, and future potential.

Five Branches University selects students who have a sincere interest in TCM and integrative medicine, who have an interest in serving others as health care professionals, and who have demonstrated the aptitude to successfully complete the program. Our most successful students are prepared for their TCM education with well-developed study skills and a solid financial plan.

Admissions Decision

You will be notified in writing once a decision has been made by the admissions committee, within two weeks after your interview.


Upon notification of acceptance, you will be asked to reserve your space with a $300 non-refundable deposit which will be applied to your first semester tuition. This deposit will reserve your place in the upcoming semester as space allows.

Waiting List

If there is not available space in the next entering class, accepted applicants will be placed on a waiting list. We will inform you of your position on the waiting list and you will be notified if space becomes available. If space is not available, those on the waiting list can elect to have their application brought forward to the following semester.

New Student Orientation and Registration

One week prior to the beginning of the trimester, you will attend the New Student Orientation and Registration. The orientation reviews financial aid and registration options, the academic calendar, college policies, and the DTCM/MTCM Dual-degree Program. This is an excellent time to meet fellow students, faculty, and members of the administration. Student registration is scheduled on the day following orientation. During registration you will meet with the admissions director or an academic adviser to review your class schedule. If you need special assistance with the registration process or with specific scheduling needs, please contact the admissions office for assistance prior to registration day.

For personal service please call or email our Admissions department :
San Jose – (408) 260-0208 ext.217 (English), ext.220(Chinese), ext.209(Korean)
Santa Cruz – Eleonor – (831) 476-9424 Ext 31 or

Thank you for your interest in Five Branches University!

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