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November 28, 2017
For those of you just hearing about whether you will be joining us here at Harvard in the Fall of 2018--  the application will be available in the Spring of 2018.  The dates for FUP 2018 are August 21-26th.  If you are interested in learning more about FUP, please browse this website and read the FAQs and contact us for more information.  And as we close out the year, thank you to our alumni, community partners and friends who support us throughout the year. FUP does not happen without a small army of undergraduate leaders, staff, faculty, alumni and community leaders. We look forward to working with you in 2018

Thank you!

September 5, 2017
FUP 2017 has come to a close!  Thank you to:  FUPSteercom: Becina, Brian, Elizabeth, Juliana and Laura ---they didn't get a chance to sleep or eat much, incurred a thousand papercuts (no, FUP has not gone electronic) putting together FUPLeader and FUPpie packets-- working tirelessly to put together FUP 2017!  And to our community partners-- Egleston Sq Main Streets, Mather School/Dorchester, Spontaneous Celebrations, VIet Aid Community Development Corporation, MassVoter Table, Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation, Sojourner House, PBHA, Hawthorne Youth Community Center and CollegeBound Dorchester--thank you for teaching us how to canvas and educate voters, to create community gardens, renovate and restore community centers, and repair useable art for community events!  And a final thank you to the individuals who donate to FUP, as well as the companies whose in-kind donations and grants make it possible for us to keep FUP affordable for all.  Thank you to the COOP Bookstore/Harvard Sq and Open Gate Founation for the grants and KIND Bars and Subway/Harvard Sq for feeding us! 

2017 FUP Reading Packet: The FUPprint

July 12, 2017

We are five weeks away from FUP!! FUPpies should have been emailed our Reading Packet and should read through it carefully before FUP. Much of FUP's programming involves the use of this packet. The selected articles present a variety of perspectives on race, class, gender, identity, ability status, religion, social justice, oppression, privilege, power structures and what it means to participate in service, activism, and social change. While you shouldn't feel pressured to agree with the articles, we encourage you to think critically about the issues they raise.  This year, a group of especially dedicated leaders revamped the reading packet in order to improve both the readability and contemporary relevance of the articles. We've also added video clips, helpful tips for freshman year and notes to aid you in the reading process. We hope you enjoy it! The FUPprint should serve as a resource that you can reference throughout your time at Harvard!

fup_reading_packet_2017.pdf2.92 MB

Looking forward to seeing you on August 16th!

June 29, 2017
We are just about seven weeks out from FUP 2017!  Thank you to all of you who have completed the housing forms and are diligently responding to our emails!  And for those of you who are not able to join FUP this year, fear not--- the public service community here at Harvard will be here to welcome you during opening days--just stop by Phillips Brooks House: Center for Public Service & Engaged Service. During orientation and all during the month of September, PBH will be hosting open houses and information sessions on the over 100 public service opportunities here at Harvard and a Freshman Day of Service.  See you soon! 

Welcome Class of 2021! We look forward to seeing you at Visitas!

March 8, 2017

Happy Spring! But we are already dreaming of August and FUP 2017!  During the spring we select new FUPleaders, talk to community partners and plan for VISITAS! If you will be coming to campus on Visitas Weekend, come to the Student Organization Center at Hilles (known as the SOCH and prounounced either of two ways--like "sock" or like "sosh" as in "social". Don't ask us, we don't know why either), on Sunday, April 23rd, from 4-6pm to meet the FUPLeaders. They will be able to answer your questions and you will get hear all about this fabulous program in person! 

Welcome, Class of 2020!

March 23, 2016

The First-Year Urban Program is still months away away, but we are already counting down the days until August 17th! Here are several things that we think will be helpful to you in the meantime. If you will be here for VISITAs-- come visit us at the Extracurricular Activities Fair and listen to our presentation Sunday, April 17 from 1-2pm in Science Center Hall B. 

Basic Information

All information should be found here at this website. If you have any questions, please email If you need an immediate response, please contact our advisor, Varsha,

Leader Bios

We have just finished identifying the 2016 FUP Leaders!  The bios will be up over the summer but if you want to know about FUPLeaders of the past, please visit to find out everything that you need to know about the 2015 FUP leaders, from their summer plans to their favorite episode of Scandal. Facebook stalking is encouraged. Speaking of Facebook…

Join the Facebook Group

Like all things in life, we will have a Facebook Group! Keep an eye out for FUPtown 2016.  It will be a closed group within Harvard University, so you’ll have to verify your account.  This information will be provided in June. 

Accommodations Form for Food, Travel, Housing etc.

If you have any special circumstances (for example, you won’t be arriving between 12 pm and 3 pm on Wednesday, August 17th and need a place to store your belongings; you are allergic to X; you cannot participate in X due to Y; you require specific housing arrangements during FUP), please fill out the form below. Even if you've already emailed us, please take the time to complete the form. This will help us prepare accommodations for you. Thanks! 

Link to Form (Harvard college email required)