FLIPOP: First-Generation Program

The First-Generation/Low Income (FLI) Pre-Orientation Program (FLIPOP) is a program whose main goal is to help facilitate the transition from high school to MIT, especially for those who are pioneering higher education on behalf of their families or their greater home communities. 


Student leaders of FLI@MIT, MIT’s organization for FLI undergraduates, have come together to identify what we wish we would've known before coming to campus. We’ve incorporated these tips into our programming to help prepare you for your college experience at MIT.

 What Will We Do?

You’ll spend half of the week on MIT’s campus, meeting valuable resources and people and becoming more familiar with MIT and Cambridge. Then, half of the week will be spent at Camp Woodstock in Woodstock, CT for a fun-filled weekend of high ropes and low ropes courses, swimming, skill building activities, and more!

 After participating in FLIPOP, you will

  • Become familiar with MIT’s many on-campus resources and how FLI students have navigated them, spanning from topics of financial aid, mental health, to multicultural programming.

  • Understand the “hidden curriculum” of higher education and how you can academically thrive in the MIT learning environment

  • Learn how to craft a resume and develop your professional skills through the Career Advising & Professional Development (CAPD) office


This program is open to any and all self-identifying first-generation college students and/or students from low-income communities (a.k.a. FLI students). We encourage you to apply if you feel that you can benefit from FLIPOP in any way. 


We hope that this experience will demonstrate that you have a supportive community of FLI students and campus partners that are here to help facilitate your transition to MIT.

Program Specifics

Dates: Tuesday, August 24- Sunday, August 29, 2021

Available spaces: 25

Cost: $25