Residential Academic Programs (RAPs)

CHC students

Residential Academic Programs

Commonwealth Honors College offers several Honors Residential Academic Programs (RAPs), which enable first-year Honors College students the opportunity to live and take classes together.  

Honors RAPS are opportunities to live in the Commonwealth Honors College Residential Community, with students enrolled in one or two of your classes. Designed to ease your transition to college, these programs enable you to build relationships with others both socially and academically.

The courses selected as part of these programs assist you in meeting your general education and Honors requirements. During the first semester, you'll take one or two courses with other Honors College students living on  your floor.  

Sign-up will open

May 17, 2020, at noon EST

Step 1 – Pay UMass enrollment fee

Step 2 – Sign your Housing Contract on Spire

Step 3 – Hold a spot online

Step 4 – During NSO enroll in RAP-related courses

 


Honors RAPs Benefits  

 Share your living and learning experience with other high-achieving students in your major.  

 Experience a variety of opportunities that will help you make a successful transition to the academic and social life at UMass Amherst. 

 Develop meaningful and lasting relationships by working closely with RAP faculty members.  

 Explore academic and/or professional opportunities related to your interests and goals. 

 Learn how to build a supportive community, form study groups and work cooperatively with peers who share similar interests and are in classes with you. 

 Experience lively discussions in your RAP courses because you know your classmates so well.    

 


Living and Learning Community 

Each of the Honors RAPs is located within one of the two first-year residence halls in the Commonwealth Honors College Residential Community (CHCRC). 

 


Eligibility 

 You  must enroll in all of the  Honors RAP classes associated with your chosen RAP. 

 Since there is a housing component, you are only eligible to sign up for one RAP. 

 Once you have enrolled at UMass Amherst, you will receive more information about How to Join  a RAP.  

 

Honors RAPs Options

Contemporary Topics Honors RAPs are designed for Honors College students in any major.   

Honors College students admitted to Isenberg School of Management are eligible to join the Isenberg Honors RAP.  

Honors College students admitted as engineering majors are eligible to join the Engineering Honors RAP.

BioTAP is an invitation-only RAP for first-year Honors College students who are admitted as biological science majors. 

 


Campus RAPs 

The University offers other First-Year RAPs, open to all University students, in most residential areas. For more information and to see the university's full RAP selection, refer to the UMass RAP website

 


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