Academic Connections

  • Small classes lead to increased levels of student engagement and academic growth.
  • RAP course instructors integrate critical college skill development into the class curriculum.
  • GPS Student Panels introduce RAP students to a variety of opportunities that will enhance their college experience.
  • RAP instructors emphasize the value of reflection and creating connections through course requirements.
  • RAP classes provide students with a Resource Guide filled with useful information to enhance transition to college, student success, and engagement.

Community Connections

  • Students will participate in a "RAP Meet & Greet" during Fall NSO - a time to meet the other students in their RAP, take a group photo and begin building their group identity.
  • Gen Ed RAP students will all attend the keynote event with Wes Moore, the author of this year's Common Read, "The Other Wes Moore".
  • Connect & Exploratory RAP students will participate in "Advising Events" sponsored by their school/college in the residential area.
  • Additional RAP activities addressing group identity, engagement and/or service will occur during the year.

RAP also provides support to all of the instructors of first-year seminars. A resource guide is provided to facilitate consistent messaging and student support.


GPS incorporates all the RAP goals and adds the element of taking the college experience to the next level.  Specifically, GPS is designed to get students excited about a variety of opportunities that will enhance the college experience and enable students to develop the skills, tools and knowledge to take charge of their college education and be an active and engaged member of the global community upon graduation.

GPS Student Panels, sponsored by RAP, provide a chance for first-year students to hear stories from their upper-class peers about their personal experiences with various programs and opportunities. We hope this will help students realize that there are many wonderful options to choose from – and many are easier to participate in than they might have imagined.  

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