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The adventure begins with the opportunity to move into your dorm room early 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. That afternoon the students board a bus to Lake Raystown, a resort area, appoximately an hour from campus. Over the next three days, students have the opportunity to:

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

What to Bring

Students will need casual clothes, toiletries, towels, swimsuit, bug spray, sun block and sneakers. Students do NOT need to bring a sleeping bag, as bed linens are provided. The college will provide food, accommodations, transportation, and the cost of any activities at Lake Raystown, with only a non-refundable $100 fee to help defray the cost of the lodging.


Incoming EMS first-year students at the University Park campus are eligible for this program. Space is limited and all spots will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations will open at the end of the spring 2019 semester.

More Information

For more information on TOTEMS, please email

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