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About ARCHES and Applying


ARCHES TRiO Support services project is funded by a grant from a U.S. Department of Education TRiO Programs. TRiO programs were established in 1960 to promote educational equity for students who are traditionally underrepresented in higher education; students who are first-generation, low-income, and/or disabled. For more information about TRiO Student Support Services, please click here.

ARCHES, a program under Disability Resource Center (DRC), was established in 1997 to provide academic support services for Cal Poly Pomona’s students with Disabilities. ARCHES currently serves 150 students each year and accepts applications from new participants throughout the academic year. Students in the program receive in-depth, comprehensive support services from time of acceptance through graduation.


ARCHES provides academic and personal support services to students to help facilitate graduation. To read more about the services that ARCHES provides, please click here.

Disability Awareness and Advocacy

During advising sessions, the ARCHES staff works closely with students to identify strengths and weaknesses. It is critical that students make the connection between the problem area and the prescribed accommodation in order for them to develop effective compensatory strategies that they will use on a consistent basis.

The ARCHES staff also works with students to teach self-advocacy skills. This includes counseling the student on ways to discuss disability-related issues with family, peers, or instructors.

Ideally the students will develop sufficient self-awareness and confidence that they will be able to advocate for themselves, both in the academic setting and in the workplace.


To participate with ARCHES, students must meet eligibility criteria established by the U.S. Department of Education. Eligible students must be:

  • Enrolled or accepted for enrollment at Cal Poly Pomona;
  • Registered with the Disability Resource Center (DRC) office;
  • A U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident (students with F-1Visas are not eligible);
  • One-third of applicants must be low-income;
  • Have a documented permanent disability (i.e. Learning, Psychological, Physical, etc.).

Joining ARCHES

Currently, ARCHES is no longer accepting applications for the 2014-2015 academic year.  Recruitment will begin again in the Spring Quarter of 2015.  If you would like to be informed when recruitment begins, please email us at