TOTEMS cabin


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.

First-year Seminar

The EMS First-Year Seminar is a required course for all entering EMS first-year students at the University Park campus. The seminar is taught in small sections (a maximum of 24 students per section) by senior members of the faculty. Sufficient sections are offered to accommodate all first year students during their first Fall semester.

First-year seminar

New Student Orientation and Welcome Week

All new first-year students to Penn State must participate in New Student Orientation (NSO) and many of the activities held during Welcome Week are required for all new students including first-year, change-of-campus, and transfer students.