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.