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Thank you for your interest in our Earth & Mineral Sciences (EMS) College! We educate our students to be world leaders who will create, integrate, and transform the fundamental understanding of the Earth, materials, and energy processes and how humans interact with them. Our graduates will use this knowledge to help provide the newest and best materials and energy for society and the science for a secure and sustainable planet. EMS has the feel of a small college community and the opportunities of a powerful research university. This provides a sense of community and belonging.

We would love to have you visit us to learn more about what we have to offer. We provide the following visit opportunities:

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EMEX - Earth & Mineral Sciences Open House

The College’s Annual Open House is an exciting student-run exposition that allows faculty, staff, students and alumni from all EMS majors to come together to answer questions regarding career opportunities, student life, and academics. College tours, demonstrations, and speakers inform the participants.

Typically held the last weekend in March. Please see http://www.ems.psu.edu/emex for more details.

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Spend a Summer Day

Students and their families visit our campus in July and August to learn more about EMS. Departments host information sessions about our majors and provide departmental tours. 

Visit opportunities occur toward the end of July and beginning of August. Please visit Penn State's Undergraduate Admissions Spend a Summer Day website to learn more.

*Note: If participating in the Spend a Summer Day (SASD) program, you will have the opportunity to speak with representatives from the department of your major of interest and tour the department classrooms and labs. No visit submission form is necessary as it is included in your SASD program.

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Individual Visits to EMS at University Park

NOTE: We require a minimum of 1 week notice

Visits to the College of EMS University Park campus may be arranged for high school juniors and seniors. Typically these EMS College visits are in conjunction with an information session offered by the Undergraduate Admissions Office.

  1. Please visit Undergraduate Admissions Visit Penn State University Park to register for an information session through the Undergraduate Admission Office.
  2. Please select and complete the online EMS College Visit Request Form below to request a visit in your area of interest. Typically, these visits are scheduled for the opposite part of the day as the Information session. (i.e. If your Admissions visit begins at 2:00 p.m., schedule your EMS College Visit for morning)
  3. Once your form has been submitted, an EMS Staff member will develop an itinerary for your visit and send it to you via the email listed on the form.

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Visit Request Form for majors in the following department:

Energy and Mineral Engineering (Energy Business and Finance, Energy Engineering, Enivornmental Systems Engineering, Mining Engineering, Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering)

Geography (General, Human Geography, Nature/Society, Geographic Information Science and Physical/Environmental options)

Geosciences (Degrees offered in Earth Sciences, Earth Science and Policy, Geobiology and Geosciences)

Materials Science and Engineering (various specializations available)

Meteorology (General, Atmospheric Sciences, Environmental Meteorology, Weather Forecasting and Communications and Weather Risk Management options)

Please note we require a minimum of 1 week notice to allow sufficient time for scheduling & responding to visit requests.