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  • Participants in the Freshman Urban Program (FUP), which organizes community-service activities, walk down Massachusetts Avenue on their way to Cambridge City Hall.

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  • The Freshman Urban Program (FUP) introduces students to MIT and the surrounding community through service activities and discussion of urban issues.

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  • An instructor prepares music for dance practice as part of pre-Orientation’s Freshman Arts Program.

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  • Members of the Freshman Arts Program practice their dance routine, which they would perform later in the week.

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  • At an information booth in Lobby 10, students are encouraged to learn more about Brass Rat and Grad Rat graduation rings. At MIT, undergraduates receive their Brass Rats during their sophomore year, and the rings are personalized for each class. The Grad Rats are redesigned every five years.

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  • A sales representative, left, shows graduation rings to students.

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  • A number of Brass Rats and Grad Rats were available for students to try on.

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Slideshow: Orientation 2010

New students welcomed to campus.


New undergraduate and graduate students — along with their returning peers — descended upon MIT's Cambridge campus over the last two weeks to prepare for the start of classes.

Some of the 1,069 members of MIT's Class of 2014 arrived early to campus to participate in a variety of pre-Orientation programs, also known as FPOPs (and just one of many acronyms they will encounter at the Institute). By taking part in activities ranging from dance classes to public service, the new students got a taste of the city and campus. Those incoming freshman are also joined by more than 1,800 new graduate students attending MIT this year.

On Sunday, Aug. 29, President Susan Hockfield formally welcomed the Class of 2014 during the annual President’s Convocation ceremony, in which she also noted that this new class arrived just in time for the Institute's 150th anniversary.

Discover more about the Class of 2014's first year


Topics: MIT presidency, Special events and guest speakers, Student life, Students, Graduate, postdoctoral, Undergraduate

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