Frequently Asked Questions

What is a RAP?

A RAP is a Residential Academic Program that allows you to take smaller classes in the residence hall and to be part of a small living-learning environment in a large university.

Is participation required in the COMM RAP?

All students who select Communication and Society RAP in Buckingham Hall are required to take one course in the program each semester and participate in at least one event and one activity.

How many courses can I take in the hall each semester?

You can take up to two courses, but you can only register for a second course if that course still has open space the day before the semester starts.

Will I take all my courses in Buckingham Hall?

No, some of your courses will be taken on main campus in a regular classroom setting. You can take more than one course in the hall each semester on a space available basis.

How are the courses in the program different from the same courses taught elsewhere?

Most COMM RAP classes don’t exceed 20 students, whereas courses on campus are typically much larger, sometimes enrolling 300+ students.

What are some of the advantages in participating in the COMM RAP?

You made the right decision in participating in our program. You will have unique learning opportunities and a great community experience. You will be part of a program with about 200 students.   You will have courses in the building where you live, get to know your professors and have more opportunities to interact with them than is normally the case. You will have the opportunity to participate in events on and off campus and meet guests who have made an impact in academia and the communication professions.  You will have a chance to develop integration of course content and skill development intended to empower you as a social actor. And since this is the COMM RAPs second year, you’ll be in a group that is still establishing its CU traditions.

Do I have to live in Buckingham Hall to participate in the COMM RAP?

With few exceptions, students who participate in the RAP must live in Buckingham.  However, students who have not learned about the program only after they have chosen their hall should contact the Director.  If there is no longer room to transfer into Buckingham and if spaces are still available in the class that you would like to take, you can fill out the contract and turn it in to the Program Coordinator to register you for the class. You will be charged the appropriate RAP fee ($425 for one semester; $850 if you will take classes in both fall and spring). The program fee allows you to take advantage of all COMM RAP activities.

What does the COMM RAP fee cover?

The program fee of $850 (AY 2011-2012), which is paid in full with the fall term bill, covers the cost of faculty instruction, academic enrichment through co-curricular activities, and guest speakers.

What do I need to do if I no longer wish to participate in the COMM RAP?

Please email commrap@colorado.edu and inform the program coordinator of your decision and notify Housing Reservations at: 303-492-6673 or email them at: reservations@colorado.edu . Students assigned to COMM RAP rooms who drop the program will be moved to another residence hall to allow the waitlisted students to get into these rooms and participate in the program.

Can I participate in the COMM RAP for more than one year?

Of course you can. We will be offering at least four 2000-level courses each semester starting in AY 2011-2012.

If I decided to live in Buckingham Hall during my sophomore year, can I apply to be a peer mentor?

You can apply to the peer mentor position during your second year and if accepted, your COMM RAP fee will be waived as part of your service to the program.

Will I receive a refund for the COMM RAP fee if I leave the program?

The only exception that the program will grant a refund to your tuition bill is upon the withdrawal from the university before the drop/add deadline in the fall. Students who chose to leave the program mid-semester or mid-year are not entitled to a refund.

Whom do I need to contact if I have questions?

You can contact Josephine Kapatayes at 303-492-1996, email her at commrap@colorado.edu or simply stop by her office in Buckingham Hall S117 during her normal business hours with any questions you might have.