Eligibility Requirements

Freshman Lisa Dang shows off her RHSA T-shirt
  • Student can be any major.
  • Student is a first-time, full-time freshman.
  • Student is a first-generation college student, a participant in the Gear Up, Bottom Line, OneGoal, or TRiO programs at a Massachusetts public school, or someone who may have overcome some unique challenges on their path toward college.
  • Student demonstrates a willingness to be a positive, contributing member of the campus community.


RHSA students will:
  • Tap into their own capabilities to make the most of their time at UMass Lowell and position themselves as potential future leaders on campus and beyond.
  • Discover a supportive community of diverse, exceptional people within the RHSA.
  • Understand and know how to access some of the key student services offered at UMass Lowell (such as the Centers for Learning and Academic Support Services, the Wellness Center and the Solution Center).
  • Learn how to handle personal struggles, academic challenges and unexpected setbacks in healthy, productive ways.
  • Choose their courses based on thoughtful reflection about their own interests and goals and on accurate information about their degree program and the core curriculum.
  • Develop a sense of civic duty by giving back to the communities they belong to, including the RHSA, the university and the city of Lowell.


  • An assigned college-based academic advisor who will work closely with students to help them navigate the university’s many resources, to provide academic and personal support, to assist with understanding major and core requirements, and to celebrate your accomplishments with you.
  • A support team made up of committed people who put your needs, your learning, and your well-being first.
  • The opportunity to join an associated Living-Learning Community called Explore.
  • A summer program aimed at learning how to make the transition to college and meeting fellow RHSA students.
  • Early move-in to on-campus housing.
  • Priority registration for up to your first two years as a student.
  • The possibility to take courses with other RHSA students.
  • Weekly study sessions.
  • Student-of-the-month recognition program.
  • Scholarship opportunities offered only to students in the RHSA.
  • Free workshops, sessions, and social events offered throughout the year to help students succeed academically and also connect to their fellow RHSA peers.
  • Peer mentoring and support from Kronos Peer Leaders who will make sure you're doing okay each and every week.
  • The chance to become an RHSA Peer Leader after your freshmen year and streamlined access to other campus leadership training and positions.
  • The opportunity to apply for a year-long faculty, staff or industry personal mentor.