• Small communities, BIG opportunities
  • CONNECT with classmates for study groups and class projects.
  • Transition more easily to college life
  • More in-depth discussions

** Incoming First Year Students **

Join a RAP community!

Who? ANY incoming first-year student (all majors and exploratory tracks)

What? Each 1st-Year RAP has a specific course that meets a university requirement

Where? Each 1st-Year RAP is in a designated first-year residence hall – options in 5 residential areas.

Why? Small classes (30 or fewer), dynamic & supportive instructors, ability to select where you will live, built-in friends, and much more - all for free. 

RAP students have so much to say about their experience. Check out all the wonderful comments!

There are various ways to make a decision about which First-Year RAP is best for you. Since each Gen Ed RAP has a designated course, you can review the comprehensive List of courses for Gen Ed RAPs for Fall 2018 to see which courses spark your interest.

Students may have a particular area of campus they prefer to live. Since RAPs are located in all first-year residence halls in five areas of campus, you can review this PDF of RAPs by Location for Fall 2018 to see which RAPs are offered in the various residential areas.


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

Check out our About RAP page to learn more!

Visit the first-year programs page to see all available options for first-year students for Fall 2018. If you are a transfer student, visit the Transfer RAP page.

“Joining a RAP was the best decision I have made so far in college. I have now met all of my best friends in this class while engaging in course material that I am very passionate about.” Fall 2017 RAP Student