Residential Experiences


As a first-year student in the Isenberg School of Management, you will be able to take advantage of the best of both worlds: you will have all of the excitement and diversity of a large national University, and also be a part of the close-knit community of involved students that exists within the Isenberg School. Every first-year Isenberg School student is a member of our Transitions Learning Community, but in addition you can choose to be involved in one of several other Learning Community options. Here's a brief overview of each Learning Community opportunity and how you can get involved.


Isenberg Fellows Residential Academic Program (RAP)

You can apply to one of two Fellows groups, where you engage in focused activities mentored by Isenberg faculty. Themes for the groups are Business Leadership in Society, and Global Business Leadership. Jumpstart your college career by immersing yourself in your area of interest. Admission into the Isenberg Fellows Program is by application only. Isenberg students who commit to UMass Amherst are eligible to apply.  The application will be available on the Isenberg Fellows webpage in March 2014.  Please note that the application deadline for the Isenberg Fellows RAP is May 5, 2014 at 5:00pm.  This deadline does not coincide with the signup date for the Isenberg Honors RAP or any University RAP.


Isenberg Honors Residential Academic Program (RAP)

The Isenberg Honors RAP is a Residential Academic Program that is offered to students accepted to both the Isenberg School and Commonwealth Honors College.  The Isenberg Honors RAP is an exciting opportunity for first year Isenberg honors students to engage in academically challenging courses in an enriching living and learning experience.  This RAP will also include a year long seminar lead by the Isenberg Undergraduate Dean, a distinguished speaker series, and programming events with upper class Isenberg honors students.  If you are interested in reserving a spot in the Isenberg Honors RAP, mark your calendar for Sunday, May 18, 2014 (12 noon EST).  Space is limited in the Isenberg Honors RAP and will therefore fill quickly so your timely reservation on the 18th is essential!!  If you are interested in the Isenberg Honors RAP, please follow the steps for joining a RAP (excludes Isenberg Fellows RAP process).


Commonwealth Honors College Residential Academic Program (RAP)

In addition to the Isenberg Honors RAP, students accepted into the University's honors program, Commonwealth Honors College, can also choose to live in clusters of approximately twenty other Commonwealth Honors College students, located in the Commonwealth Honors College Residential Community. Students in these learning communities will take two courses in their first semester with the other students in the cluster. The courses in the clusters share a common theme and usually fulfill some of the University's General Education requirements, which all students are subject to. Students may elect to live in an Honors RAP beginning Sunday, May 18, 2014 (12 noon EST) .  If you are interested in joining a RAP, please follow the steps for joining a RAP.  If you have questions before then, contact the Commonwealth Honors College Office (301 Commonwealth Honors College; 413-545-2483).  

University Residential Academic Programs

Isenberg School students may elect to participate in one of the University's first-year Residential Academic Programs (RAP) that are available to students in all majors. As a RAP participant, you will take residentially based courses in your first semester which means that you will be attending classes and studying with other students who live in the same residence hall as you. The communities are thematically based, and course selection is very broad, and almost all will fulfill University General Education requirements. Students may choose to participate in RAP on a first-come, first-served basis. You can reserve a spot beginning Sunday, May 18, 2014 (12 noon EST).  If you are interested in joining a RAP, please follow the steps for joining a RAP.  You will confirm participation by enrolling in the associated courses at New Student Orientation this summer.