First-Year Student Outreach Project (FYSOP)


Mission Statement: The First-Year Student Outreach Project welcomes first-year and transfer students to Boston University and the Greater Boston area before the fall semester begins. FYSOP engages first-year volunteers and upperclassmen staff leaders through social justice education, community service, and reflection. Our service works to address community-identified needs through ten intersecting focus areas.

Program Dates: FYSOP 27 will run from Monday, August 29 through Friday, September 2, 2016. To see a sample FYSOP schedule and timeline, click here! Please note that this is a sample schedule, and the FYSOP 27 schedule is subject to change.

Focus Areas: Volunteers are assigned to a one of ten intersecting focus area and a smaller FYSOP group, consisting of 10-15 first year students and led by 2-3 upperclassmen staff leaders. Focus areas are run by 2 coordinators. Participants make lasting friendships with their FYSOP group, learn about social issues in the greater Boston area, volunteer with non-profit organizations pertaining to their particular issue area and become acclimated to their new school. To learn more about our focus areas, click here.

Volunteer Registration

How do I register?  Register here by August 19, 2016. You do not have to wait to attend orientation to register. (But if you haven’t registered for orientation yet, you should do that!)

How much does it cost? $450, partial scholarships are available for students with demonstrated financial need. Register by July 15 for full scholarship consideration. The fee covers ground transportation for your arrival to Boston if traveling alone, all food for the week of FYSOP, ground transportation to community partners for service, and FYSOP swag.

How do I apply for a scholarship? Follow all instructions on the order page. First, select “CLICK HERE TO ENTER PROMOTIONAL CODE” just below the ticket selection. Enter “ScholarshipRequest” in the box, an click “APPLY.” Complete the order form on the second page, paying a $200 participation deposit. We will begin notifying students of their scholarship decisions in June. Scholarships will only be awarded to students with high financial need.

What happens after I register? FYSOP coordinators will individually call each participant beginning June 6, or within two weeks of registration for folks who register in June, July, and August. The coordinator who calls will confirm all of your data, including your dietary restrictions, share with you your focus area, and answer any questions you may have.  You should also be sure to fill out the travel itinerary as soon as you know your travel plans.

Where will I live? Students participating in FYSOP will be permitted to move into their academic year residence hall on Monday, August 29 (that’s a week earlier than other first-years!)

Did you say ground transportation? Yes! If you are a student arriving alone on August 29, we will pick you up at Logan Airport, South Station, or other transit hubs within the City of Boston. (Parents and guardians! We recommend this as your student will not have free time Monday night or throughout the week. Come up and help them get settled in and join us for Matriculation the weekend of September 3-4. Feel free to ship a box of basic needs to your residence before you leave. Your family can bring the rest up the next weekend.)

What if I arrive before August 29? Students and families will be responsible for their own accommodations before Monday, August 29.

What else do I need to know? FYSOP is a 100% substance free program.

Learn More About FYSOP

For more answers to frequently asked questions, please click here.

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Check out this video from last year’s FYSOP – FYSOP 26!

FYSOP 27 Program Managers

Meet Claire Buesser and Stefanie Grossano, the two program managers for FYSOP 27. If you have any questions or concerns, please email them at or call them at (617)-353-4710.

Claire & Stefanie

Claire & Stefanie