"My counselors went above and beyond any call of duty. They were, and continue to be, there for me in ways that I never could have imagined or expected and, in my opinion, were indisputably the best part of FUP."FUPper, Class of 2018
"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, Class of 2017
"Being around 30 other people every day, you learn how to speak up and let others hear your voice. [The] activities force us to learn how to work together to achieve a common goal. Discussing controversial issues through group discussions was a good segue into learning how to voice opinions while still being mindful of others' opinions and feelings."FUPper, Class of 2018
"There were a lot of different parts of my FUP experience that helped me grow as a leader and communicator: from service placements to activities to discussions, things were structured in a way that communication and collaboration were essential."FUPper, Class of 2018
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.