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A RAP is a community of first-year students with similar interests or majors
who enroll in specific courses and live together in a designated residence hall.

Residential Academic Programs (RAP)

For 50 years RAP has been a great way for incoming students to begin their college careers. Although many features have changed over the years, it has always been true that when students join a RAP, they become part of a small community on a large campus.

Students who join a RAP consistently report that  they become deeply connected to their academic studies and develop lifelong relationships with their RAP peers and instructors.

Join a RAP and start your UMass experience with academic engagement and new friends.
You will create memories you will never forget!

What's it all about? Interested in learning more? 
Check our About RAP page!

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A complete list of RAPs available for Fall 2015 
can be found on our Programs page.

"The RAP experience is straight up incredible. It makes freshman year such an easy transition." - Fall 2014