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RAP - Residential Academic Programs
Join a RAP and....
Become part of a community of students who share a common interest.
Take classes with students who live in your residence hall.
Connect easily with classmates for study groups and class projects.
Receive support and assistance with academic decisions.
Enroll in a General Education class in your residential area.
Learn about the goals behind the Gen Ed program and discover ways to make meaning of ALL your UMass classes.
Make the large university feel like a smaller place.
Click on the program names below and link to information on each specific RAP:
Read a full program description.
Learn the specific classes and residence halls connected to each RAP.
Topic RAPs are designed for students who want to live with students who share an interest- either personal or related to their area of study. All Topic RAP students receive the benefits of being a Global Pathways Student (GPS).
ALL Topic RAPs include:
- A one-credit RAP seminar
- A General Education class (usually a small section of 30 students)
Both classes are usually taught in the residential area.
These RAP seminars are designed to:
- Unify the RAP group
- Provide a structured environment to explore the RAP topic and
- Smooth the transition to university life
These Topic RAPs are open to Any First-Year Student:
Careers in Education
Careers in Law
Connecting Science & Society
Connecting Self & Society
Exploring the Arts
Impact! Service Learning
Social Justice & Activism
Foundations RAPs are designed for students who want to have a class in common with students in their residence hall.
Foundations RAPs do not include a seminar.
Foundations: Sciences RAPs
are designed for students who are interested in or who have declared a science major.
Foundations RAPs have no topic or interest focus built in - they are simply a General Education class for a group of students who live in the same residence hall.