First-Year Outdoor Program (FOP)
The First-Year Outdoor Program ("FOP") is Harvard's largest and oldest pre-orientation program. Since 1979, thousands of students have started their college experience by going on a FOP trip. FOP is a great way to meet new classmates and to ease the adjustment from high school to college. The variety of week-long hiking, service, switch (part hiking, part canoeing), and cabin trips we offer provide an excellent learning environment where cooperation, initiative, and reflection lead to the development of a strong community and to personal insights that are helpful even in the urban setting of Harvard. Incoming first-years can sign up for FOP as a pre-orientation in the spring/summer before their freshman year.
Our trips are led by second-, third-, and fourth-year Harvard students from all walks of life who represent the vibrancy and diversity of the Harvard community. FOP Leaders have been trained in outdoor leadership and certified in Wilderness First Aid. FOP offers a variety of different trips in different locations and of varying difficulties, from cabin-based to hiking to canoeing. FOP is run by an undergraduate steering committee and a director, and is administratively operated through Harvard College's Dean of Students Office.