RAP History

For more than 50 years RAP has been a great way for incoming students to begin their college careers. Specific details may change, but it has always been true that when students join a RAP, they become part of a small community on a large campus.

Students who join a RAP, consistently report that they develop lifelong relationships with their RAP peers and instructors. RAP courses are infused with best practices of student success to help students transition to college, both academically and socially.

Community Connections

  • First-Year RAP 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 for this year's Common Read, "Lab Girl".
  • Connect & Exploratory RAP students will participate in "Advising Events" sponsored by their school/college in the residential area.

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.

Global Pathways to Success (GPS) 

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. 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.