NO. Participation in a RAP is completely voluntary, but all entering first-year students are encouraged to explore the RAP opportunities. You can read about the specific programs on this website. Feel free to send us questions.
Please remember that joining a RAP does not exclude you from being able to participate in other academic and non-academic opportunities at the University. You are encouraged to explore various ways to get involved academically and socially at UMass Amherst.
*Some students are not able to join a RAP based on the complexities of the requirements in their major or participation in a sport that has team living and/or schedule requirements.