The University of Massachusetts Amherst


“I really enjoy the sense of community the RAP course has created for all of the students on our floor, and the content has allowed us to get to know each other in a deeper way.” Fall 2017

RAP History

For more than 50 years, the RAP program has 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.

Students who join a RAP consistently report meaningful, lifelong relationships with their RAP peers and instructors. RAP courses are deigned to foster student success and a smooth transition to college, both academically and socially.

Community Connections

RAP is an excellent way for students to make useful and meaningful connections to the UMass Campus. These opportunities will be available for RAP students and their peers.

  • The first Saturday on campus, First-Year RAP students participate in a "RAP Meet & Greet” - a chance to meet the other students in their RAP and begin building their group identity.
  • Most RAP students will attend a "GPS Event". These events are designed to introduce students to the wide array of resources and opportunities on campus through a peer-led model. Specific topics vary year to year depending upon need and interest.

The RAP office also provides support to all of the instructors of First-Year Seminars. We provide a resource guide each year which connects to the Student Planner and provides useful strategies for college success.

Generating Pathways to Success (GPS) 

In the fall semester, students in Gen Ed RAPs will attend a “GPS Event” where they will be introduced to and have an opportunity to engage with topics that are integral to their college success.

Learn more about GPS Events.  

About RAP

RAP In The News:

Read two great articles that feature RAP: a summary of a featured story in U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2016 Edition and a story from UMass’s Daily Collegian.