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Total Orientation To Earth and Mineral Sciences (TOTEMS) is a summer program specifically designed for first-year students at the University Park campus who are new to the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences.

TOTEMS 2017 will be held August 15-18, 2017.

Move-in Early

TOTEMS begins on Tuesday, August 15, with the opportunity to move into your dorm room early from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with the assistance of friendly EMS students, faculty, and staff, allowing you to escape the stress of move-in weekend. In addition, the College of EMS will provide a well-earned lunch for you and your family.

Lake Raystown

After lunch, students board a bus for the beautiful Lake Raystown Resort, 50 miles from the Penn State University Park campus. Students will lodge with 4-5 other students in cabins which are complete with clean linens, private baths, and cooking facilities. Over the next four days, students will enjoy cookouts and campfires and have the opportunity to:

  1. Meet fellow first-year students – make friends before your classes begin!
  2. Get to know faculty members on a first-name basis
  3. Develop creative problem solving skills through team activities
  4. Network with current students, faculty, staff, and alumni
  5. Enjoy the thrills of a water park during the hot days of August

Students will return to campus early afternoon on Friday, August 18. By attending TOTEMS, these students will be ahead of the curve having already moved-in and made several new friends, including professors! The College will provide food, accommodations, and transportation, as well as admission fees to the water park and the cost of any activities while on the retreat. We ask only for a non-refundable $100 fee to help defray the cost of the lodging.

New Student Orientation (NSO)

Important Date Information

International Students who plan to attend TOTEMS must arrive in State College, PA on or by August 11, to complete an ISO (International Student Orientation) session prior to TOTEMS.

Students in the U.S. who plan to attend TOTEMS should attend an NSO session between May and July in order to attend TOTEMS.

If necessary, you can reschedule your NSO date online.

Online Registration

Register for TOTEMS

A non-refundable $100 fee, paid securely online via credit card, is required to reserve your space.

Space is limited and registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis! The deadline to register is July 16, 2017. Payment accepted by credit card.

More information

For more information on TOTEMS, contact Grace Turner at 814-863-2751.