"I was REALLY nervous and scared about coming to MIT. FUP changed everything. The advice I received from the counselors, the friends I made, and the familiarity with the campus that I gained made me much more comfortable here. I have repeatedly thought that FUP was the best possible choice I could have made."FUPper '17
"I have made so many friends through FUP and I've learned so much from them. I've discovered how diverse and amazing my peers and mentors are - their journeys through their obstacles are inspiring and awesome in every way. I've also realized just how much our community needs love and care and support."FUPper '17
"FUP has helped me expand my group of people to trust here at MIT (and among my own class!). It has opened me to new views of people and life, made me more accepting and aware of people coming from diverse backgrounds, and shown me ways that I can apply myself outside of the classroom at MIT."FUPper '17
"FUP has helped me meet awesome people that just made socializing at orientation so much easier. Also because of the amazing small group discussions, I now have a better idea of what I want to pursue academically in order to best impact the world (or at least, what I should be looking for from my education)."FUPper '17
The best way to learn about a new community is by serving its people. The Freshman Urban Program (FUP) gives you the opportunity to explore the neighborhoods of Boston and Cambridge by volunteering with the people who live there.
You’ll be working to make a positive impact in a series of service placements that tackle issues like food insecurity, poverty and environmental sustainability.
You’ll participate in various activities that allow you to reflect on your experiences and relevant social issues such as inequality, privilege and hunger in America.
You’ll get the inside scoop on surviving and thriving at MIT from a team of 14 counselors, and explore the fun side of Cambridge and Boston at night.
You’ll make strong friendships with fellow fantastic freshmen as well as amazing upperclassmen that will support you throughout your time at MIT.
Here’s a sample of activities you can expect to get up to during the week of FUP:
The days are fun, but they're jam-packed. FUP is an all-day and all-week commitment, but it's not one you'll regret.