The Welcome Center

A Great Education Begins with a Great First Impression

The story: We’re seeing a surge of interest in Puget Sound from prospective families: more visitors, more applicants, more students arriving on campus excited about the Puget Sound experience. We want to seize this moment. We’ll build a Welcome Center for prospective families that is as warm and open and forward-looking as Puget Sound itself.

The impact: The new Welcome Center will be an inspiring point of entry for prospective families—a bold, lasting first impression. It will also serve as a contemporary, high-functioning home for our hard-working Office of Admission. Leadership gifts to support the Welcome Center are a hand outstretched to bright, independent-minded, community-oriented students from across the country and around the world.

Welcome Center Site Plan

Welcome Center rendering

Welcome Center rendering

Welcome Center rendering

Welcome Center rendering


  • More than 5,000 students and their families visit campus every year
  • Students who visit are six times more likely to enroll if admitted
  • Situated at the intersection of North Alder and North 15th Streets
  • Built with traditional campus materials: brick, stone, terra-cotta roof tile
  • Features signature architectural touches: gabled forms, large windows with delicate
    mullion patterns
  • Features a courtyard, a reception area anchored by a fireplace, and a glass-walled
    presentation room

Naming Opportunities

Named giving opportunities and floor plans are subject to change.

  • Welcome Center: $4,000,000
  • Entry Courtyard: $1,000,000
  • Presentation Room: $1,000,000
  • Reception Area: $1,000,000
  • Gallery: $500,000
  • Staircase: $250,000
  • Conference Room: $125,000
  • Vice President's Office: $100,000
  • Tour Office: $100,000
  • Associate Vice President's Office: $75,000
  • Interview Rooms (5): $50,000 each
  • Admission Offices (20): $50,000 each

Welcome Center Ground Level

Welcome Center Upper Level

Welcome Center Lower Level

"When I visited campus, a student walked up to me and tapped me on the shoulder and said, 'There's something you need to know. You have to come here. It's the best school ever.' And I thought, 'If this girl came up to me out of the blue and told me this, then there must be something truly special about this place.' And I couldn't wait to find out what it was."

Alexandria Van Voris '16, communication and media studies, and science, technology, and society; resident programming advisor; from Long Beach, California