At this time, we are planning for RAPs to proceed as usual, meaning a RAP program will include a specific course affiliated with a designated residence hall. While the program information on our website still reflects the Fall 2020 offerings, we anticipate Fall 2021 being very similar. As we confirm the plans for Fall 2021 we will update the website. Individual pages will be updated and labeled “Fall 2021”. Programs that have not been updated yet will still say “Fall 2020.” We expect to have Fall 2021 programming mostly set by April.
That being said, we in the RAP office have no control regarding how the campus may be impacted by COVID-19 for the Fall 2021 semester. If and when changes become necessary, we will update our website. Rest assured that, regardless of the living situation, there will be RAP courses, offering a small, targeted course designed to help students get the most out of their first-year college experience.
Thank you for your patience as we update the information on the website.
If you have questions you may schedule a Zoom call with an Academic Programs staff member.
Please be sure to review the website before scheduling a Zoom call so conversations can be efficient as possible.
There are no new "RAP Programs" in the spring semester.
We are offering 12 RAP AFFILIATED COURSES that will be open to any first-year student who is living on campus
Spring 2021 RAP classes will be small (capacity 30 students), taught face-to-face, and infused with college success strategies and activities to help students get connected.
For Spring 2021 we are also offering three sections of the Transfer Success Seminar, open to transfer students who joined the UMass community fall 2020 and spring 2021.
Students who participate in a RAP program quickly become part of the UMass Amherst community. RAP programming gives students the tools to build a strong foundation for their academic and personal success.
Check out the information on the various pages of this website to learn more about the program goals and details about specific programs.
Watch this video to learn what a RAP is and the benefits to joining one.
First-Year Seminar Student Resource Handout Fall 2020
RAPs by Location
Students may have a particular area of campus they prefer to live in. RAPs are located in all first-year residence halls in five areas of campus. You can review this RAPs by Location document for Fall 2020.
Although these locations are not happening for Fall 2020 we hope they will be reinstituted in the future - stay tuned!
List of courses for Gen Ed RAPs for Fall 2020
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 to see which courses spark your interest. On the chart you will see which RAP the course is affiliated with and which residence hall it is located in.
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