The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences aims to be the most student-centered college in Penn State history, and the Ryan Family Student Center (RFSC) serves as the core of our efforts. The recently renovated RFSC integrates tutoring, advising, student engagement, student work space, and areas for casual interaction into a one-stop shop for student success. A visit to the RFSC shows the vibrant and engaging academic atmosphere we foster for our students—our goal is to create a warm, welcoming, and small-college feel amid the rich activities taking place on the University Park campus.
- Academic advising
- Writing tutoring
- Director of Student Engagement
- Math / Physics tutoring
- Complimentary coffee, tea, and hot chocolate
- Printing Stations
We are Under Construction! Exciting Changes coming soon!
Live and Virtual Resources for SPRING 2021
vRFSC: Virtual Ryan Family Student Center - Spring 2021
- Have a question about EMS?
- Need an EMS general advising appointment?
- Want to hang out with other EMS students?
While the RFSC in 14 Deike is closed for construction, we are still here to support you virtually! An RFSC student staff member is available Monday-Friday via Zoom to help you with accessing college advising, finding academic support, learning about college and campus engagement and keeping our student community connected. Join the Zoom session any time during the hours listed below. Please be advised this is not a private session and there may be other students present when you join.
The vRFSC is available in Zoom https://psu.zoom.us/s/94019455831
You must use your Penn State access account to enter this Zoom room.
Monday – Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Walk-in advising hours: M W F 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. T R 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
EMS Undergrad CANVAS 2021 - 2022
This CANVAS webpage will help you navigate the resources that our college has to offer. It is the online hub for information about the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences and contains information about academic advising, academic progress, tutoring, opportunities outside the classroom. You must be an undergraduate in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences to access this CANVAS site.
The Ryan Family Student Center is located in 14 Dieke Building (on the ground floor).
In addition, the Student Center houses the office of the EMS Student Council and the office of the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education — putting our administrative leaders in close proximity to our student leaders.
The Ryan Family Student Center first opened its doors to students in 2004. It was named in honor of notable alumni John T. Ryan Sr. and Jr. and their families. John T. Ryan Sr., after receiving a bachelor’s degree in mining engineering in 1908 from Penn State, went on to co-found the Mine Safety Appliances Company, which helped improve safety in the mining industry throughout the twentieth century. Both John Ryan Sr. and Jr. served on Penn State's Board of Trustees and were highly influential in the University's development.