The Freshman Urban Program (FUP) is a pre-new-student-week orientation program for incoming freshmen at Northwestern University, Harvard University, Transylvania University, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It is a 5 day program to orient students with each other, the neighboring area, and the social justice ideas important to campus and the Chicago-area at large.
FUP consists of 70 incoming freshmen (fuppers), 17 counselors varying in major and year in school, and 3 co-chairs who plan and organize the activity. Everything, from choosing the freshmen applicants, to managing the budget, to programming events for the 5 days, is student-run.
FUP orients the students while keeping three main points at its focus: Community Service, Education, and Meaningful Reflection.
One of the main goals of FUP is to have students become acquainted with the community service opportunities that are available in the Chicago area both through Northwestern organizations and by the students' own volition. This is achieved through onsite volunteering at a number of different agencies throughout Chicago and Evanston, Illinois. Issues dealt with include housing, education, health care, politics, gentrification, and community organizing.
Education is another huge part of the FUP experience. All fuppers participate in a number of educational programs. Each night the counselors lead a classroom-like discussion about an important issue surrounding the trip. Speakers and experts are brought in throughout the 5 days to impart their own knowledge as well. utdydedyrueezx