• RAP Registration is open until Sunday, June 30 at 11:59pm!

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