Incoming freshmen volunteer at Greater Boston Food Bank.

Active Community
Engagement (ACE) with FUP

The best way to start at MIT

Before classes begin—even before orientation—we offer a dynamic program to help you start your MIT career memorably and with impact. It’s called the Active Community Engagement (ACE) with FUP (the freshman urban program), and it’s an engaging, action-oriented, service-focused introduction to MIT and surrounding communities.

How ACE works

ACE is a five-day celebration of community service and urban exploration. Volunteer with other first-year students on projects that help strengthen our neighborhood. Participate in activities and discussions that delve into social issues such as inequality, privilege, and hunger in America. And develop valuable friendships while discovering local resources that will support you during the school year and beyond.

MIT upperclassmen plan and train throughout the spring and summer to be FUP coordinators and counselors, then lead the ACE program in the fall.

ACE is about community

  • Preparing food at soup kitchens and homeless shelters
  • Sorting food donations at the Greater Boston Food Bank
  • Organizing school supplies for an educational organization
  • Volunteering at community health and art centers

ACE is about exploration

  • Engage in activities that explore hunger, gender, and cultural issues
  • Learn from locals about the social issues facing our community
  • Get the inside scoop on surviving and thriving at MIT from a team of student counselors

ACE is about fun

  • Explore the best of Cambridge and Boston’s fascinating neighborhoods
  • Eat froyo, explore the neighborhood, and watch movies together

Talk to us about Active Community Engagement (ACE with FUP)

Office: Building W20-549
Phone: (617) 253-8968

Events and deadlines

ACE 2019

Dates TBD

ACE with FUP 2019 Counselor Application--now LIVE!

Applications are LIVE!

The deadline to apply to be an ACE Counselor is March 15, 2019 at 4pm. 

Councelor interviews will take place March 18-21.

click to apply

Important Dates and Mandatory Counselor Meetings

ACE Counselors must be available for several dates throughout the spring and summer. 

Team Meeting #1 Tuesday April 2 7:00pm PKG Center
Team Meeting #2 Tuesday April 9 7-9:00pm PKG Center
Team Meeting #3 Tuesday April 23 7-9:00pm PKG Center
Team Meeting #4 Tuesday May 7  N/A TBD
  • ACE Counselors arrive back on campus on Friday August 16th 2019
  • ACE Counselors participate in training and facilitate ACE from 8/16-8/25