FAQs



How do I get into the Honors Residential Academic Program (Honors RAP)?

  • Apply to the University of Colorado Boulder and be accepted as a first year student.
  • You must be Honors qualified to be accepted into the Honors Program and Honors RAP.  Incoming to CU, your honors qualification is based on your high school GPA, standardized test scores (ACT or SAT), and other academic factors.  These criteria are used by Admissions to identify the academic top 10% of incoming students at CU.  Those who fall in this top 10% and who complete their registration at CU will receive a letter of invitation from the Honors Program, sent out periodically beginning in late December.
  • Confirm your intent to enroll and submit your $200 Admissions Confirmation deposit (non-refundable).  See your Admissions materials for details, but do not send any money to Honors RAP.
  • Complete your Housing Contract by selecting Honors RAP/Smith Hall as your 1st  housing preference and by submitting the $300 non-refundable housing deposit.
  • Complete all these tasks as early as you can.  Generally, Honors RAP has more qualified applicants than it can accommodate, so Housing maintains a list from which we continue to fill residential spaces as they become available.
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How are spaces in Honors RAP filled?

  • Spaces in Honors RAP are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, which is why you want to complete your Housing Contract (see above) as early as you can.  If we have to generate a list, your place on the list is connected to the date you complete your Housing contract.  Generally, we have been able to accommodate everyone on this list with a space in Honors RAP by the time school begins, if not sooner.
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Is there an extra fee for participating in Honors RAP?

  • Yes, just as there is for all RAPs.  The RAP program fee for the year is $850.  Your RAP program fee is non-refundable and will appear on your Housing bill in the Fall.  Again, please do not send money directly to Honors RAP.
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Is there scholarship money available through Honors RAP?

  • We have an extremely limited amount set aside for scholarships to offset the program fee.  These are need based scholarships and, if you think you qualify, you can petition the Honors RAP Associate Director for consideration.
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Will I find Honors RAP to be more studious than other residence halls?

  • Likely, most of the time, and that’s a good thing.  One of Honors RAP’s primary goals is to help you to have a successful experience at CU, academically and personally, and so we work to create an environment and community where your housing life and your academic life can work together, not against each other.
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What is required of Honors RAP participants?

  • In order to successfully fulfill the Mission of the Honors Residential Academic Program, we ask that each Honors RAP student commit to:
  • Take one three unit Honors RAP class each in the Fall and Spring semesters.
  • Participate in the activities of your flock and in the other announced programs for Honors RAP.
  • Contribute constructively to the civility of Smith Hall and to the culture in which everyone’s academic success is encouraged and supported.
  • Contribute constructively to the decision-making processes of the program and to the evaluation of the program when asked.
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How do I register for my Fall Honors RAP course?

  • In May, you will receive a schedule of courses and you will be asked to provide a list of 3-4 course options for your Honors RAP class.  We will do our best to register you in one of your options and we will have this information for you at least by the time you come for your CU Boulder Orientation session during the summer. One strategy that can be used when selecting a course is to think about the core curriculum requirements.
  • See your packet for deadlines and details.
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Can I stay in Honors RAP after my first year in the program?

  • Yes, in fact, we encourage it; it builds a stronger and more diverse student community.  We have some wonderful students who have stayed in Honors RAP until graduation.  To be eligible to return, all you have to do is remain honors qualified (i.e., maintain a 3.3 or better GPA).  Returning students have the opportunity to become part of our student leadership team (see below), and we offer courses specifically for students beyond their first year.
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Can I become a student leader in Honors RAP?

  • Yes, as a Flock Leader, an important role in Honors RAP community.  For Flock Leaders, we are looking for returning students who will serve as models for our academic mission and community and who will work as colleagues with other students, faculty and staff in Honors RAP.  Look for Flock Leader applications at the end of the Fall semester.
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What is a Flock?

  • Each incoming student is assigned to a group of Honors RAP students; these groups are called Flocks.  Flocks are an important dimension of our social life in Honors RAP, and they contribute to a culture that encourages engagement, academic success, and curiosity.
  • Each Flock is led by a team of our experienced student leaders and is provided with a budget to spend as the Flock desires.
  • Typically, Flocks meet every Wednesday night for fun, food, and maybe for a trip to some nearby event.  Try not to schedule classes or activities on Wednesday nights so you can participate in these activities.
  • You will make some great friends through your Flock, and we hope that you will also take ownership in your Flock and, thus, in the Honors RAP community.
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Am I guaranteed an Honors RAP class while I am in Honors RAP?

  • Everyone who is accepted into Honors RAP will be offered a class in the Fall semester, most likely one of your top three choices. Typically this pattern continues in the Spring semester, though occasionally in the Spring semester a few students are unable to find an Honors RAP class that suits their needs.  The expectation, however, is that you will work with us to find an appropriate class schedule.
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Where will my Honors RAP class be held?

  • Smith Hall, second floor.  We have exclusive use of two comfortable and smart classrooms designed for Honors courses.
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Will I have wireless access in Smith Hall?

  • Yes, all of campus is equipped with wireless access.
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How long has Honors RAP been in existence?

  • Continuously, since the 1990-1991 academic year.  The program was moved from Buckingham Hall to the newly renovated Arnett Hall in 2008 and then also expanded into Smith East in 2011. In Summer 2013 we moved to our current location in Smith Hall.
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What is the relationship of Honors RAP to the general Honors Program at CU Boulder?

  • Honors RAP is a residential component within the Honors Program; thus, as an Honors RAP student you are also an Honors student. First-year Honors RAP students take their Honors courses in Honors RAP, one each in the Fall and Spring semesters.  While we encourage students to return to Honors RAP beyond their first year so as to form an extended Honors RAP student community, many choose to live elsewhere after their first year. Though students not living in Honors RAP cannot take Honors RAP courses, as long as you remain Honors-qualified (3.3 or better GPA), we encourage you to continue your work as an Honors student through general Honors courses.
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