Residential Academic Programs (RAPs)

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Baker Residential Academic Program

The Baker Hall Residential Academic Program (RAP) is designed primarily for freshman and sophomore students who are interested in the natural sciences and environmental studies. The program provides courses that satisfy various core curriculum requirements in the College of Arts and Sciences and in majors such as ecology and evolutionary biology, environmental studies, integrative physiology, geography, geology, and chemistry. Courses are typically limited to 25 students and are taught in classrooms located in Baker Hall. Baker RAP offers access to academic advising, career counseling, student internships, guest speakers, field trips, and close faculty contact. The combination of small classes, a group of students who take many of the same classes together, and frequent field trips and special lectures creates a small-college atmosphere while offering the advantages of studying at a major research university.

Baker RAP offers courses in anthropology, biology, chemistry, economics, environmental studies, expository writing, geography, geology, history, mathematics, philosophy, and political science. The curriculum is designed to maximize the opportunities for students to satisfy core curriculum requirements in the College of Arts and Sciences. Upper-division courses are presented in biology and environmental studies. Upper-division credit is available through independent study and research. Students usually take one or two of the above courses each semester. Baker RAP also reserves seats for its students in certain high-demand courses taught outside the program, including introductory biology and chemistry laboratories. 

The Baker RAP curriculum is augmented through experiential learning outside of the classroom. Undergraduate research plays an important role in these experiences. Interested students are encouraged to participate in research projects as early as their first year. Baker RAP instructors work closely with the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) to facilitate matching Baker RAP students with faculty members with similar research interests. 

Baker RAP cocurricular activities offer social and educational opportunities for students in the program. These activities include a kick-off picnic at the beginning of the school year, local hikes, mountain climbing, backpacking, a cave tour, a day of cross-country skiing, and a spring service-oriented activity emphasizing environmental conservation. Guest lecturers are invited to speak about scientific or environmental themes. 

There is a fee for participation in Baker RAP in addition to regular tuition, fees, and room and board. Students eligible for financial aid may request that their budget be adjusted to include the program fee. Their eligibility for aid will then be increased by an amount equal to the Baker RAP fee. Students interested in the program should visit Inquiries to the program can be by e-mail,; phone, 303-492-3188; or mail, Baker Hall Residential Academic Program, University of Colorado Boulder, 176 UCB, Boulder, CO 80309-0176.

Communication and Society Residential Academic Program

Buckingham Hall’s Communication and Society Residential Academic Program (COMM RAP) is a living-learning environment for 200 students designed around the theme of Communication and Society. It offers students an opportunity to engage with faculty and other students in a small college atmosphere within a major research university. Students explore the complex social problems and challenges of communication in contemporary society in seminar-sized courses. They also have opportunities to participate in co-curricular activities that stress civic engagement. The many opportunities for outreach and collaboration with the Boulder community provide an excellent venue for learning by doing. 

A unique feature of the program is its integration of courses from its three supporting areas, the Department of Communication, Journalism and Mass Communication, and the Program for Writing and Rhetoric. These courses emphasize the role of participation, deliberation, and collaboration in shaping and resolving public problems and problems in daily life. Its offerings also include opportunities for upper-division courses on topics germane to communication and society. 

In addition to communication offerings, the curriculum includes courses that satisfy the writing and core requirements in Arts and Sciences. Across the year, guest lectures and seminars provide opportunities to interact on civic engagement and societal participation with leading experts on the CU faculty and distinguished visitors to the university. 

The COMM RAP is open to students with an interest in communication and society, regardless of major. A fee is charged for participation in the program. For more information, call 303-492-1996.

Farrand Residential Academic Program

Farrand’s small seminar courses in the liberal arts are taught by award-winning faculty especially selected to help create a close intellectual and social community. As the Humanities and Cultural Studies Residential Academic Program, Farrand focuses on the study of the humanities within the larger frame of culture and society. Farrand also offers high-demand courses from all areas of the curriculum. These include service-learning classes, which provide a deeper cultural understanding by applying classroom learning to service to the community. 

Each semester, every Farrand student takes a Farrand course that provides a shared academic experience. For many students, this course will be a humanities course, such as Greek Mythology, Introduction to Ethics, or Exploring Good and Evil Through Film, reflecting a commitment to the humanities that is central to Farrand’s identity.

Because helping others contributes to the learning experience as well as to the whole community, Farrand offers several service-learning classes each semester. Service learning gives students the chance to apply what they study in their classes to real-life situations, such as a homeless shelter, a humane society, or a tutoring program. These classes include Gandhian Philosophy; Nutrition, Health, and Performance; and Global Women Writers. The Farrand curriculum also offers a wide range of popular core curriculum classes taught by faculty known for their teaching skills. Ethics, Calculus, and Introduction to American Government are just a few examples. 

Farrand’s many cocurricular opportunities include a wide variety of events and performances, active and well-supported student governance (Farrand Community Council), and group projects benefiting the community and the environment. 

The program is designed primarily for students in the College of Arts and Sciences. Interested students in other colleges should contact the Farrand program for special admission procedures. It is administered by academic directors selected from the faculty and a hall director experienced in the operation of a large residence hall. There is a charge for the program in addition to regular tuition, fees, and room and board.

Inquiries concerning any aspect of the academic program may be directed to the Farrand Academic Program, University of Colorado Boulder, 180 UCB, Boulder, CO 80309-0180, 303-492-8848.

Global Studies Residential Academic Program

The Global Studies Residential Academic Program (G-RAP) promotes the recognition of global interdependence, encourages the study of foreign languages and international affairs, and emphasizes the value of international education. This year-long program, housed in Arnett Hall in the Kittredge Complex, provides 200 first- and second-year students with the foundational tools needed to serve as effective global citizens.

G-RAP combines multidisciplinary, internationally focused courses with co-curricular activities, service learning opportunities, and short-term study abroad programs. Students select from a diverse selection of course offerings each semester, including courses in anthropology, economics, philosophy, political science, and international affairs. The majority of the courses fulfill requirements from the arts and sciences core curriculum. Classes range in size from 15 to 18 students, and the instructors hold office hours in Arnett to ensure enhanced accessibility for G-RAP students.

By participating in G-RAP, students gain access to staff and faculty with extensive and unique international experience and interests, as well as access to each other as a group of like-minded, globally conscious individuals. Additionally, the program offers participants access to student fellows, a group of outstanding former G-RAP students who hold office hours in the dorm each week to assist with course work, study sessions, paper writing, or language tutoring.

The Global Studies RAP is open to all students seeking to add an international component to their academic program, regardless of major. G-RAP is proud to be a leader in the effort to globalize the campus.

A fee is charged for participation in G-RAP. Interested students should visit to read more, view current course offerings, and browse co-curricular opportunities. For additional information, call 303-735-3189 or e-mail

Health Professions Residential Academic Program 

The Health Professions Residential Academic Program (HPRAP) will proudly take residence in the newly renovated Kittredge West Hall in fall 2013, accommodating approximately 225 students. Joining our living/learning community is an excellent choice for students interested in exploring majors and careers in healthcare. These career paths may include, but are not limited to: chiropractic medicine, dentistry, naturopathic medicine, nursing, occupational therapist, optometry, osteopathic, medical doctor, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician’s assistant, podiatry, public health, veterinary medicine. Students of all colleges and schools are welcome, although the curriculum may not lend itself to some engineering majors. 

HPRAP provides highly desirable introductory courses taught by expert teachers in a supportive atmosphere where each individual is valued. HPRAP students will take at least one course offered by the program each semester. Courses are taught onsite within the hall, with an average of only 20 students per class. Courses range from basic science to courses on bioethics, global health policy, writing, and the social sciences. As part of the HPRAP experience, faculty provide co-curricular activities to enhance the learning environment and integrate the health professions theme through experiences such as field trips and guest speakers. 

The Health Professions RAP faculty and staff work at providing meaningful experiences that will prove valuable as students move toward their academic and career aspirations. Students with clinical and research experience, community service, and leadership roles will be very desirable to future employers and graduate school admissions committees. Through collaboration with the Pre-Health Advising Office and programming provided by the Health Professions RAP, students will be presented with opportunities in these cornerstone areas. 

The Health Professions RAP will make the first year at CU a rewarding adventure and will serve as a gateway to opportunities on campus and beyond.

For more information about the program fee, application process, and course offerings, visit, or contact or 303.492.4537.

Honors Residential Academic Program

The Honors Residential Academic Program (Honors RAP) is the residential component of the Honors Program of the College of Arts and Sciences. It is open to approximately 335 honors-qualified first-year and continuing honors-qualified students. Participants live in Smith Hall. Students of other colleges are welcome to participate although the curriculum may not lend itself as well to their requirements.

The Honors RAP promotes and sustains academic excellence within a lively community setting. Students take one onsite 3-hour seminar-style course each semester. Each semester the program offers a variety of honors courses, the great majority of which satisfy arts and sciences core curriculum requirements. Each seminar is taught by an experienced faculty member, emphasizes discussion and writing, and ordinarily enrolls about 15 students.  

Beyond the classroom and a variety of co-curricular activities that enhance the learning experience, Honors RAP fosters a variety of student-led activities, including evening social events each week and a lecture series that brings students into contact with leading teachers and researchers from the university community.

Members of the Honors RAP draw on a rich variety of academic, advising, and informational resources. Responsibilities for community building, fostering a culture of academic success, and for the planning and implementation of programming consistent with our Honors mission are shared among the student leaders, faculty, and staff. The associate director who supervises Honors RAP’s daily functioning maintains an office in Smith Hall for academic advising and acts as liaison to the rest of campus. There is a faculty in residence for Honors RAP who lives in a faculty apartment in Smith Hall east wing.

Eligibility: Beginning each December, the Honors Program of the College of Arts and Sciences invites approximately the upper 10 percent of all admitted College of Arts and Sciences students to participate in honors courses during their first year on campus. These invitations are issued on the basis of high school grade averages and scores on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or American College Test (ACT). All students receiving an honors invitation are eligible to become members of the Honors RAP on a first-come, first served basis, determined by date of receipt of the online housing application. Students who wish to participate in Honors RAP beyond the first year must maintain a University of Colorado GPA of 3.30 or above. As with participants in all other residential academic programs, Honors RAP members pay a participation fee in addition to the standard charges for tuition, fees, and room and board.  Students eligible for financial aid may request their budget be adjusted to include the program fee.

For more information about the program, program fee, application process, course offerings, and more, visit or contact or 303-492-3695.

Leadership Residential Academic Program 

This Leadership RAP is located at Kittredge Central and is dedicated to developing community, civic, and global leaders for a culturally diverse and democratic society. When a student enrolls in the Leadership RAP they select one of two academic programs. 

The Ethnic Living and Learning Community (ELLC) Leadership Studies Program provides students with a multicultural living and learning experience while studying leadership from a cultural and multidisciplinary perspective.

The Chancellor’s Leadership Studies Program (CLSP) offers leadership development and an understanding of how institutions and communities solve problems. Students learn different leadership styles needed to work effectively in those settings. 

Students in both of these programs take leadership courses offered each semester that meet core requirements and may be applied toward graduation as well as toward a Certificate in the Study and Practice of Leadership. Students from all schools and colleges on the Boulder campus are eligible to participate. 

There is a program participation fee of $850. Scholarships are available to cover the cost of the fee for those with financial need. Contact the Leadership RAP, University of Colorado Boulder, 406 UCB, Boulder, CO 80309-0406, phone 303-735-1987, e-mail, or visit

For additional information on this program, see the Other Academic Programs section. 

Libby Residential Academic Program 

The Libby Arts Residential Academic Program (Libby RAP or LRAP) fosters individual creativity and personal expression to prepare students for success in a wide variety of fields. The curriculum is designed for students who consider study in the arts to be a valuable complement to a major in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, business, or engineering, or who have an interest in the arts as a major. Prior art experience is not required for any Libby RAP class.

Libby RAP classes satisfy either core, major, or elective requirements and are taught in Libby Hall by faculty with demonstrated excellence in teaching. Class sizes are limited to approximately 18 students. Courses are offered in dance, acting, drawing, painting, writing, film criticism and theory, digital art, art history, music history, and media studies. A range of popular core curriculum classes are also offered each year in disciplines such as economics, math, and nutrition. Libby RAP classes require a healthy curiosity and the willingness to be creative.

With students taking several classes together and living in the same residence hall, LRAP fosters a small community within the larger university setting.

Libby RAP also exposes students to the diversity of the arts through co-curricular activities, experiential learning opportunities, and community events. Students are offered numerous chances to explore the breadth of the performing and visual arts, to investigate creativity and how it is applied outside the arts, and to expand their social and cultural awareness. Other activities build a sense of community within Libby Hall and address social responsibility in the community at large. Activities regularly occur on and off campus, in the Denver metro area, and even include travel to the Telluride Film Festival and to New York City.

Students enrolling in the program are required to take at least one course in the hall each semester. The LRAP faculty director and professional staff are located in Libby Hall and provide academic assistance to students. There is an annual non-refundable fee for participation and there are a limited number of scholarships available. Students who are eligible for financial aid may request that their budget be adjusted to include the LRAP program fee.

To learn more, visit, or contact or 303-735-4211

Sewall Residential Academic Program

The Sewall Residential Academic Program (SRAP) is a program for first- and second-year students enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences who have an interest in the study of history and culture. Citizenship in the 21st century requires the ability to engage complex connections between the present and past, between local places and our global society, and between the arts and sciences. SRAP combines classes ranging from history and biology to economics and English, with co-curricular activities (such as lectures, films, and field trips) and local community outreach to help students recognize and think about these connections. 

Limited to 330 students, SRAP provides the opportunity to enjoy the advantages of a small liberal arts college within the broader context of a large research university. The program offers a selection of small seminar-style classes (limited to approximately 18 students) that meet in the Sewall residence hall. Classes encourage active student participation and emphasize analytical thought through intensive reading, discussion, and writing. Most SRAP courses also fulfill College of Arts and Sciences core requirements.

Each semester all SRAP students must take a 3-credit course at Sewall. All students are further required to take SEWL 2020 either fall or spring semester. In addition, students have the opportunity to take the lower-division writing course (WRTG 1150) at Sewall in either fall or spring semester.

SRAP facilitates a successful transition from high school to the university. Sewall courses are taught by faculty with a demonstrated excellence in teaching and a commitment to working closely with first-year students. Faculty members have offices conveniently located in Sewall Hall, which helps foster communication between students and faculty. Participants in the Sewall program are also fully involved in regular campus life, take the majority of their classes with the rest of the university, and are encouraged to join in all university activities.

The SRAP director, associate director, and program assistant are readily available to help students with planning schedules, making sense of the rules of the University and the College of Arts and Sciences, and choosing majors. They can refer students to other university resources for specialized counseling when necessary, and the housing department office offers free tutoring in many subject areas. 

Interested first- and second-year students who are admitted into the College of Arts and Sciences should indicate Sewall Hall as their first choice on the housing application form and return it to the Housing Reservation Center as early as possible. Students are admitted on a first-come, first-served basis, determined by date of receipt of the housing application form. There is an extra charge for participating in the program in addition to regular tuition, fees, and room and board. Some scholarships are available; please contact the academic program office for details.

Students who have questions about the program should address them to the Director, Sewall Residential Academic Program, University of Colorado Boulder, 353 UCB, Boulder, CO 80309-0353; visit the program online at; or call the SRAP office at 303-492-6004

Sustainability and Social Innovation Residential Academic Program

The Sustainability and Social Innovation (SSI) RAP is an experiential skills-based program for students concerned about sustainability and innovation issues who want to participate in developing solutions while earning credits toward their degree in any college on campus. Students in the Sustainability and Social Innovation RAP are housed in the only LEED Platinum residence hall on campus, Williams Village North. The program is uniquely multidisciplinary, seeking a critical engagement of students interested in identifying sustainable solutions to diverse global challenges including resource depletion and conservation, climate change, poverty, environmental protection, and economic instability. Our teaching faculty includes professors in architecture, engineering, political science, writing, biology, psychology, anthropology, business, and sociology. Courses offered in the residence hall for RAP students vary each term but always include core curriculum courses from the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as other campus offerings. 

Sustainability and Social Innovation courses challenge the status quo and emphasize collaborative problem-solving and social innovation through design, debate, planning, project development, writing, and creative enterprise.  In small classes of usually 19-23 students, and through RAP activities and events (e.g., using a state-of-the-art kitchen, computer lab, facilities and grounds at Williams Village, visiting speakers, field trips) students develop a strong knowledge base, entrepreneurial savvy, communications skills, technology literacy, teamwork skills, and compassionate understanding. SSI is one of the few RAPs with its own faculty-in-residence and with resident graduate student teaching resident assistants (TRAs) who live in the building and assist with RAP classes. As a result, mentoring, academic staff and informal support are close at hand for all RAP students. SSI students work closely with their peers in the Sustainable by Design (SbD) RAP, also located at Williams Village North.

Enrollment in the program includes an additional fee. Please contact or call 303-735-1330.

The Sustainability and Social Innovation RAP provides students from across all academic disciplines study of a variety of practices that foster social innovation and sustainability.