Residential Academic Programs at UMass Amherst
Residential Academic Programs, or RAPs, are small communities of new first-year and transfer students who live in the same residence hall and enroll in the same small course together.
What can RAP offer you?
- Housing: receive a housing assignment on campus and live in a residence hall with the peers in your class.
- Community: small class sizes allow you to build lasting connections with your instructor and peers.
- Support: learn strategies for academic and personal success in your transition to UMass.
- Variety of topics: choose a RAP based on your field of study, a course you are interested in, or your preferred residence hall/residential area
- To learn more about RAP and the history of RAP, go to About
- To browse the list of RAPs that do not require an application, go to RAPs
- To browse the list of RAPs that require applications, go to Application RAPs
- For information on residence halls, residential areas, and roommates, go to Living in a RAP
- For instructions on how to join RAP, go to Join a RAP
- For commonly asked questions about RAP, go to FAQs