Residential Academic Programs are small communities of first year and transfer students, who live in the same residence and enroll in the same course together. For more than 50 years, Residential Academic Programs (RAPs) have supported incoming students as they begin their college careers. RAP has grown and changed over the years, but students joining a RAP have always benefited from having a small community on a large campus.
In the fall semester, students who choose to participate in a RAP will live together in the same residence hall and enroll in at least one RAP course together.
RAPs vary by structure, and some RAPs are reserved for students who meet certain eligibility criteria. Students can choose a RAP based on:
Review full program details on the First-Year RAPs page.
During some spring semesters, first-year students have an opportunity to enroll in a General Education course sponsored by Student Success Academic Programs.
Every RAP course enrolls up to 30 students and integrates the RAP goals highlighted above.
We have a new home on the 4th floor of New Africa House,
180 Infirmary Way Amherst, MA 01003-9289.
"I feel like this is one of the classes where I feel the most connected to the other students. There's just a much higher level of interaction within class, and I feel like we all genuinely want to talk about what we are studying each week. This is partially because of the make up of the class (small, a lot of talkative people, very academically focused), but I think it's also because it's a RAP." Fall 2020
©2023 University of Massachusetts Amherst • Site Policies • Site Contact