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FLIPOP – First Generation/Low Income Program

The First-Generation/Low Income (FLI) Pre-Orientation Program (FLIPOP) aims 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. 

The program is organized by FLI Advising staff and student leaders of FLI@MIT, MIT’s organization for FLI undergraduates. We come together to identify what students wish they’d known before coming to campus and incorporated these tips into our programming designed to help prepare you for your college experience at MIT.

What Will We Do?

FLIPOP takes place both on MIT’s campus and at Camp Burgess on Cape Cod, MA. You’ll start the program on-campus where you’ll meet program staff, counselors and be connected with a variety of campus resources, opportunities and experiences. After our on-campus portion wraps we’ll travel by coach bus to Cape Cod where we’ll spend four days and three nights at Camp Burgess. At camp we’ll engage in team building activities, high ropes and low ropes course, waterfront time, making s’mores around a campfire and discussions led by FLIPOP counselors.

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 22- Sunday, August 27, 2023
  • Available spaces: 30
  • Cost: $25