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. Leeds RAP is an academic, professional, and community accelerator. Located in Cheyenne Arapaho Hall beginning in Fall 2014, 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 in Leeds RAP participate in the First-Year Seminar for Business course which focuses on the professional and academic growth of students as they transition into college. In addition, Leeds RAP students are required to take certain business courses in a small classroom setting in the residence hall. These include World of Business, Mathematical Analysis, and Business Statistics. Additional optional courses offered in the hall include First-Year Global Experience, Excel Lab, and First-Year Writing and Rhetoric.
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. 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.
Experiential professional development opportunities include:
- The Nest – a support resource for a community of entrepreneurially-minded business students to design, develop, and launch businesses.
- Research Pod – provides opportunities to work on research projects, where research tasks may include design, development, data collection, data analysis, writing, and presentation.
- Consulting – providing students with opportunities to work on consulting projects through Understanding Work, a human resource management consulting firm specializing in workplace research, analytics, and training.
Other professional development activities include guest speakers, mock interviews, and résumé assistance.
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.
When applying for housing, as a first choice select Residential Academic Programs as your program, then Cheyenne Arapaho as your location, then room type (doubles). Please note there is an $850 fee for participating in this and other RAPs. A fee waiver may be available based on financial need, so please make that indication on your application if appropriate.