Pre-Orientation Programs (FPOPs)

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream."—Mark Twain (1835-1910) 

Build an underwater vehicle. Make friends. Work in the Cambridge community. Learn what it means to install public interactive art. Kayak. Play robotic soccer. Visit a nuclear reactor. Swing your way through a ropes course. Learn to paint. Roll your own sushi. Wear paper clothing. Travel to Colorado and Northern New Mexico. Spend a day feeding the homeless. Learn about yourself. Challenge yourself.

29 FPOPs will be offered this August, each with a different focus. They are a great introduction to leadership, social, athletic, service, and academic activities at MIT.

For information on program dates and specific program activities, review the FPOP informational pages linked below. To apply for FPOPs of interest to you, you must complete the online application listing up to five program preferences no later than June 15.

  • ACE: Active Community Engagement
  • DA: Discover Aerospace
  • DAD: Discover Architecture and Design
  • DBCS: Discover Brain & Cognitive Sciences
  • DBE: Discover Biological Engineering 
  • DC1: Discover Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • DChE: Discover Chemical Engineering
  • DChem: Discover Chemistry
  • DE: Discover Energy
  • DEAL: Discover Entrepreneurship and Leadership
  • DEAPS: Discover Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences - Yellowstone National Park or Weather and Climate - New Hampshire
  • DEE: Discover Electrical Engineering
  • DFIN: Discover Finance
  • DM: Discover Mathematics
  • DME: Discover Mechanical Engineering
  • DMSE: Discover Material Science and Engineering
  • DNSE: Discover Nuclear Science and Engineering
  • DOE: Discover Ocean Engineering
  • DP: Discover Physics 
  • DPD: Discover Product Design
  • DPH: Discover Pre-Health
  • DU: Discover UROP
  • DUSP: Discover Urban Studies and Planning
  • FAP: First Year Arts Program
  • FLIPOP: First Generation/Low-Income Program
  • FLP: First Year Leadership Programs
  • FOP: First Year Outdoors Program - Outward Bound (Kayaking - Boston Harbor/MA Coast) 
  • THRIVE @ MIT: Thrive at MIT

FPOP Sponsors

The following companies are sponsors of the Pre-Orientation Programs. Additional information regarding each organization can be found on the websites listed below. 


The Coop, MIT’s campus store since 1917 was founded by students and established as a cooperative to offer merchandise at competitive prices and to distribute any store earned profits among its members in the form of an annual patronage rebate. All paid up Coop members will receive an instant 10% discount at check out on all purchases (including textbooks- new –used and rental) made in the stores or online. The member discount is in addition to any other sales, special promotions or discounts being offered. The 10% instant discount will replace the annual patronage rebate program. 

For more information regarding membership visit or

MIT Federal Credit Union

The MIT Federal Credit Union (MITFCU) is MIT's exclusive and preferred financial institution. MITFCU provides a wide selection of products and services for students and employees of the Institute, including checking accounts with debit cards and overdraft share protection; savings accounts; credit cards and loans, including student loans. 

Visit MITFCU's website for more information on their products and services.