The Stories and Societies Residential Academic Program (RAP) helps students transition successfully from high school to CU, especially through classes taught in Sewall Hall by faculty who specialize in teaching first-year students, have their offices conveniently located in Sewall, and keep in close communication with their students.

The Stories and Societies RAP Director, Associate Director, and Program Coordinator all have their offices in Sewall Hall and are regularly available to help students plan schedules, register for classes, choose majors, and otherwise navigate all that CU Boulder has to offer. We serve as the first point of contact for Sewall students; if we can't answer a question, we will refer you to who can.

The Hall Director and ten Resident Advisors who live in Sewall collaborate with Stories and Societies RAP to provide numerous opportunities for students to develop friendships, get involved, and adjust quickly to the University community.

A quiet study nook in Sewall's Harding LoungeA quiet study nook in Sewall's Harding Lounge

In sum, Stories and Societies RAP provides the advantages of a small liberal arts college within a large research university:

  • We offer small seminar-style classes (19 students each) that meet in Sewall Hall
  • Our courses range from Anthropology to History, Philosophy to Sociology, giving students necessary analytical skills for today's world
  • Faculty emphasize critical thinking through intensive reading, discussion, and writing
  • We encourage student participation both academically and socially
  • We provide classes for the Arts and Sciences General Education requirements
  • We have professional staff present in the residence hall as a resource for all Sewall students