About RAP

Residential Academic Programs

2013-2014 marks the 50th year that RAP has offered unique living and learning opportunities designed to help first-year students have a smooth transition to UMass Amherst.

Although many features have changed over the years, it has always been true that when students join a RAP, they become part of a small community on a large campus.

A RAP is a "package deal" of:

  • Specific academic courses (often taught in the residential area) for a particular
  • Group of students who live together in a
  • Designated residence hall


So Many Choices!  Being part of a RAP is a great way to begin your college career. We encourage you to explore the extensive selection of programs - you are certain to find a program that is just right for you!

Read throught the FAQs to learn more about the specific details of the RAP opportunities here at UMass Amherst. 

As you read through this website to learn more about each RAP, be sure to notice important procedures, deadlines, and info about how to join

Feel free to contact our office if you have any questions! 

Residential Academic Programs also sponsors the Thatcher Language Program for upper class students.



Pamela R. Marsh-Williams, Ph.D.
Assistant Provost & Dean

This website is part of Undergraduate Advising & Learning Communities. We provide undergraduate students a variety of opportunities and services designed to facilitate the best academic experience possible. 609 Goodell Building, UMass Amherst.

UA&LC Units: Undergraduate Advising, Residential Academic Programs, Domestic Exchange Programs, Five College Interchange