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Pre-Orientation Programs (FPOPs)

Build an underwater vehicle. Make friends. Work in the Cambridge community. Learn what it means to install public interactive art. Play robotic soccer. Visit a nuclear reactor. Learn to paint. Roll your own sushi. Wear paper clothing. Learn about yourself. Challenge yourself.

“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) 

Each FPOP has a different focus. They are a great introduction to leadership, social, athletic, service, and academic activities at MIT.

In this section, you will find descriptions of all First-Year Pre-Orientation Programs that will be offered in Summer 2022.

Students can apply for these programs via the FPOP application through Monday, June 13.


FPOP Application Process

FPOP applications are due on Monday, June 13th. All applications received by this date are given equal consideration. How early an application is submitted before the deadline has no impact on the review process, please take your time composing your written responses to the application questions.

Once the application closes all FPOP programs will review the applications that ranked their program. On approximately Friday, June 24th, placements will be offered to students for an FPOP program. Placements must be accepted by Friday, July 1st.

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.