What is Leeds RAP?
The Leeds Residential Academic Program, or Leeds RAP, is a targeted residential community that is comprised exclusively of undergraduate students who are business majors in the Leeds School of Business. Located in the Darley South residence hall in Williams Village, the Leeds RAP provides in-house, rigorous business courses in a small classroom setting, in addition to community building and professional development opportunities. Students in the program develop supportive relationships with peer mentors, faculty, and staff, including an in-house academic advisor.
Why Join Leeds RAP?
- The Leeds RAP is a high-touch residential experience where students are involved in a community of like-minded peers.
- Offerings include curricular, cocurricular, and extracurricular activities that build academic competence, career direction, and community.
- The program serves to set students up for academic, career, and life success by focusing on the “whole student experience” and providing a wide variety of opportunities for personal and professional development.
The Leeds RAP seeks students that value an active community and desire a deeper college experience that involves connecting with faculty, staff, professionals, and peers.
The Leeds RAP seeks to build individuals who are well-rounded, prepared, engaged, and equipped to succeed in 21st century workplaces and take roles as global leaders. All first-year students participate in the First-Year Seminar for Business course their Fall semester, which focuses on the professional and academic growth of students as they transition into college. In addition, Leeds RAP students are able to take other business courses in a small classroom setting in the residence hall.
Leeds RAP students are assigned an academic advisor who is located in the Leeds RAP residence hall, making access to this critical resource readily available. Students also receive support from peer mentors, who coordinate and lead study sessions for common first-year business courses.
The Leeds RAP supports students seeking a rapid ramp-up to professional success. While many professional development opportunities on the broader CU campus focus on students with advanced standing, we seek to provide meaningful opportunities to first-year students to support early development. Recent opportunities include mock interviews with managers in the for-profit sector, Excel skill-building workshops, competitive grant-writing support, and consulting project work. We view experiential learning as an important facet of the college experience and encourage students to embrace a range of opportunities that develop the whole student.
The Leeds RAP is the only residential community exclusively for undergraduate students in the Leeds School of Business. As a dynamic community that extends far beyond the residence hall, the Leeds RAP is a high-touch program that encourages first-year students to build relationships with staff, faculty, upper class students, and business leaders.
Sharing a common business major and core classes also allows students to build a community around academic success and engagement with the Leeds School of Business. Peer mentors, who participated in the Leeds RAP their first-year and chose to remain an active member of the community, help first-years excel in their coursework and navigate student life at the University of Colorado.
Leeds RAP events aim to build community and also develop students professionally. Recent Leeds RAP events include community dinners, hikes, and Spanish conversation groups.
Sample Academic Schedule
Students typically take 14-17 credit hours during Fall Semester and 16-18 credit hours during Spring Semester. Below, you see a sample plan for the first year. Courses do not need to be taken in this order, and your requirements might be different depending on credits you bring in with you.
Fall Semester (14-17 Credits)
- BADM 1250: Fall First Year Seminar (1 credit)
- BCOR 1010: Intro to Business (3 credits)
- ECON 2010: Microeconomics (4 credits)
- MATH 1071: Finite Math (3 credits) or MATH 1081: Business Calculus (3 credits)
- WRTG 1150/1250: First Year Writing or Arts & Sciences Core Class (3 credits)
Spring Semester (15-17 credits)
- BADM 1260 First Year Global Experience with Spring Break trip abroad (2 credits)
- BCOR 1020: Business Statistics (3 credits)
- ECON 2020: Macroeconomics (4 credits)
- MATH 1081: Business Calculus or Arts & Sciences Core Class (3 credits)
- Arts & Sciences Core Class (3 credits)
The First-Year Seminar for Business (BADM 1250) is held in the Leeds RAP dedicated classroom on the first floor of the Leeds RAP residence hall, Darley South Hall. First-Year Global Experience (BADM 1260), and discussion sections for Intro to Business (BCOR 1010) and Business Statistics (BCOR 1020) are held in the adjacent Darley Commons building.
When applying for housing, as a first choice select "Residential Academic Programs" from the first dropdown menu. Then you will see a second drop down menu. Select "Williams Village" on the program/hall assignment preference section. Participation is mandatory for all residents who select and are assigned to the Leeds RAP. Please note there is a fee for participating in this RAP. Please note there is an extra fee for participating in this RAP.
The Leeds RAP will contact all interested students via email after they have applied through the housing reservation system.