TOTEMS

Orientation / First-year Experience

Congratulations on your choice to join the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences! We are eagerly awaiting your arrival to campus to welcome you into our college. Our signature orientation event is TOTEMS (Total Orientation To Earth and Mineral Sciences). It is a three-day summer orientation program specifically designed for first-year students at the University Park campus. We also have additional programs designed for first-year and transfer students.

TOTEMS cabin

TOTEMS

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
NSO

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.