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My daughter absolutely loves living in Smith Hall! As a parent, her living situation has given me peace of mind knowing that she is safe, content and living with students who strive to do their best and have a similar mind set. - Julie, Smith parent
Smith Hall and HRAP have provided me a platform to meet my best friends, smaller sized classes that have given me the opportunity to form close relationships with my professors within the large institution. –Shauna Montoya, Resident & Student Leader
I have absolutely loved my time in the Honors RAP. –Nadyah Spahn, Resident and Student Leader
Honors RAP, located in Smith Hall, is a challenging, supportive and inclusive co-educational living-learning community open to all honors-qualified students, both freshmen and continuing students. In fact, continuing students are encouraged and have the opportunity to become student leaders within Honors RAP, helping shape the program and mentor incoming students.
By becoming part of the Honors RAP community, you will surround yourself with other bright, highly motivated students, enjoy small seminar-style classes, and have the opportunity to work closely with Honors faculty. Through its classes and its extra-curricular activities, Honors RAP integrates the diverse disciplines of the College of Arts and Sciences with the opportunities and challenges of real world experiences. In short, we aspire to offer the best educational experience possible to qualified CU undergraduates.
If you are honors-qualified, we invite you to join our community.
Through its classes, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities, Honors RAP promotes connections between its faculty and students, who represent over 50 distinct disciplines. We aspire to offer a liberal arts experience filled with intelletual breadth and learning opportunities and student-initiated events to qualified CU undergraduates. Students living in the Honors RAP take one HRAP course per semester and are encouraged to participate in co-curricular activities and extra-curricular activities. All Honors RAP students reside in Smith Hall, which houses approximately 330 students and is part of the Kittredge Neighborhood.
Academically, the Arts & Sciences Honors RAP students are provided with the advantages of a small liberal arts college experience— small seminar-style classes, close contact with faculty and other students, a strong supportive community.
The Honors RAP also offers returning students the opportunity for leadership within their own living-learning community. The Honors RAP student leaders serve as mentors for first year students, work closely with Honors RAP Directors, develop their own leadership skills, choose and implement extra-curricular activities, and serve as residence hall staff.
The Arts & Sciences Honors RAP program fee, as with all RAP program fees, is $850 for the academic year and subject to change. It is a one-time, non-refundable fee which covers the cost of small, seminar-style courses in the RAP, academic support and enrichment through co-curricular activities, community-building events, and guest speakers. These programs and activities are offered exclusively to Honors RAP students. The RAP fee is in addition to tuition, fees, room & board and will be applied to the student’s fall semester bill.
All students are required to complete the mandatory Honors RAP contract, which is in addition to the Housing contract.
First year students who are honors-qualified, as well as some returning Honors students, are eligibile to live in Smith Hall.
A limited number of scholarships are available for students who demonstrate financial need and/or who contribute to a diverse and inclusive community in the Honors RAP. Students who wish to be considered for a RAP fee scholarship must contact the Honors RAP by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Arts & Sciences Honors Residential Academic Program (RAP) is open to honors-qualified students. Incoming 1st-year honors-qualified students receive a Welcome Letter from the A&S Honors Program inviting them to participate in Honors. Being in the Arts & Sciences Honors Program qualifies you to join the A&S Honors RAP; a separate Honors RAP qualification is not required.
Honors-qualified students are not guaranteed a space in the Honors RAP, located in Smith Hall. Housing applications and assignments are a product of the Housing Office. Applications are processed on a first-come, first-serve basis, according to the date of the completed Housing application.
It is strongly recommended that incoming first-year students (and their parents) who are interested in the Arts & Sciences Honors RAP read Honors RAP FAQs and Honors Program FAQs.
Once you confirm your attendance to CU Boulder, students must complete their online Housing application and identify the Arts & Sciences Honors RAP as your first choice of community and Smith Hall as your first choice of Residence Hall as early as possible to ensure your best chance for being assigned to our community.
Congratulations on your academic achievement and we look forward to seeing you in the Fall!
Find Your Community. Be Your Potential.
This year, there have been a variety of local events and initiatives, in which Honors RAP students have organized or been involved.
Check our student newsletters (The Smithsonian) and our events summaries and announcements.