ARCHES Frequently Asked Questions

All applications are due by February 24, 2020.

On the application, there is a section for you to input your recommender name and contact information. Once you complete and submit your application, our office will reach out to your recommender within 3 business days. We will ask them to fill out a short questionnaire and attach their letter of recommendation.

We will provide the instructions to your recommender on what to write. If you wait to submit your application by the deadline on February 24, 2020, your recommender too will have to submit the letter on the same day. We will accept letters of recommendation at the latest on February 24, 2020.

There is a section on the application for you to submit your transcript. If you have PDF, you can upload. If you have a paper copy, you will need to scan it and upload it into the application. You can visit your registrar’s office to obtain a copy of your transcript. If you attended more than one institution, you will need to submit transcripts from all institutions into one PDF document.

Please note: We will accept unofficial transcripts for the submission of your application. However, if you are selected to advance to the interview round, we will require an official transcript at that time.

You will receive an email alerting you that your application has been received. We also email all applicants on February 25, 2020 with a confirmation. If you did not receive a confirmation email by February 25, 2020, please contact us with the email heading “ARCHES Urgent”.

The completed application includes:

  • 4 essays and 1 short answer question
  • 1 Letter of Recommendation
  • 1 Evaluation Form (Completed by Recommender)
  • Unofficial Transcript (scanned & uploaded to application) 
  • Resume

The GPA Requirement for applicants is a cumulative 2.5.

Yes, we consider multiple factors in determining our finalists, not just GPA. If your GPA is below a 2.5, please explain in the essays the circumstances that have impacted your GPA.

The program is open to all rising juniors and rising seniors enrolled in a four-year college or university eligible to work in the United States. Rising juniors are current sophomores who are graduating in Spring 2022 and rising seniors are current juniors who are graduating in Fall or Spring 2021. We consider all applicants regardless of race, sex, age, disability, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, socioeconomic background, or other protected characteristic. DACA recipients may be employed only if they have been issued an “Employment Authorization Document” (EAD).

International students are eligible to apply if they have been issued an F1 or J1 student visa.

Ten students will be selected as ARCHES fellows.

June 24, 2020 – August 8, 2020.

  • Applications Due – February 24, 2020
  • Selected Applicants notified of  Zoom Interviews – around March 5, 2020
  • Applicants notified of being selected as ARCHES Fellows – March 15 – March 30, 2020.

Letters of recommendation should be written by someone who can speak to your academic, professional and life experiences. We will only be accepting letters from applicants’ professors and faculty advisors at their institutions.

The person writing your letter and completing your evaluation should be able to speak about you as a student, leader, and team player and comment on your commitment and interest in pursuing medicine or pre-health professions.

Once you complete and submit your application, our office will reach out to your recommender. We will ask them to fill out a short questionnaire and attach their letter of recommendation. We will provide the instructions to your recommender on what to write.

We are looking for students who are interested in the healthcare field. An ARCHES Fellow is a student who is committed to lifelong learning, research, teamwork, serving the underserved, and critical thinking.

Monday: Lab Tuesday: Lab Wednesday: Lab Thursday: Lab Friday: Service Learning

9 AM-12 PM: Continue Lab Work

9 AM-12 PM: Continue Lab Work

9 AM-12 PM: Continue Lab Work

9 AM-12 PM: Clinical Rounds

9 AM-5PM: Service Day at Assigned Community Location (please pack a lunch)

12 PM-1 PM Lunch and Check-in: Faculty Mentor

12 PM-1 PM Lunch (Lab Group)

12 PM-1 PM Lunch (Lab Group)

12 PM-1 PM Lunch (Medical Students)


1 PM-2 PM: Inter-cohort updates

1-2PM: Inter-cohort updates

1 PM- 2 PM Med School workshop: Academics

1 PM- 4 PM: Tour: National Institutes of Health


2 PM-4 PM: Individual Research/ Lab Work

2 PM-4 PM: Individual Research/Lab Work

2-4 PM: Individual Research/Lab Work



4 PM-5 PM: Science Writing Mentor Meeting

4-5 PM: Panel: Medical Student Life and Self-Care

4 PM-5 PM: Book Club: The Tragic Life of Robert Peace

4 PM-5 PM: Seminar: DC Health Disparities by the Ward


Yes, we provide a stipend of $4,000. ($2,000 paid after the first 3 weeks, and final $2,000 paid at the end of the 6 weeks)

Yes, we provide free housing for 6 weeks in same gender identity, suite style, double occupancy rooms. You will move in on June 24th and move out on Saturday, August 8th. 

Up to $250 per student on a case-by-case basis by the Georgetown Office of Diversity & Inclusion.

Students are responsible for their own meals/food costs (except for program event meals provided by ARCHES).

No, we do not have prerequisites. We accept candidates from various academic backgrounds.

Applicants with incomplete applications have been emailed a reminder to submit their application. If you did not receive this email, then we have received your application. On February 25, 2020, we will send a confirmation email to everyone who has applied. If you submitted a complete application by the deadline and have yet to receive this confirmation, please let us know at

To allow us enough time to review your application, you can expect to be notified by week of March 5, 2020.

If your letter writer has not received an email request from us by February 25, 2020, please email us with the subject “ARCHES URGENT” to let us know. 

More Questions?

If your question has not been answered, please contact Dean Susan Cheng via e-mail with the subject GU ARCHES.