The University of Massachusetts Amherst

20. Can I join a RAP in the spring semester?

Students can join RAP "programs" in the fall semester only - this means the package of specific courses for students living together in a designated residence hall. 

In the Spring semester, we offer "RAP Courses" which are open to ANY first-year student, regardless of if you participated in a RAP for the fall semester. Although the courses may be taught in residential classrooms, there is no residential component to the spring courses - meaning as long as you are living on or near campus you can enroll in RAP face-to-face classes in the spring semester.