Touring the Computer Science & Engineering Building

 ATTN: Summer means we may not have Ambassadors available for all tours, if you are looking to bring a large group please schedule during the school year. Thank you

Allen Center, front view Allen Center, Alberg Terrace

General Tour Information

We are happy to provide tours of the Paul G. Allen Center to student groups and organizations, with the hope that we can help to inspire students to pursue a career in computer science. 

If you would like to request a tour of the building, please read through this page and submit the request form.

A tour for 15 to 20 people generally takes 30-45 minutes, including time for a question and answer session. For groups of over 20 students, we prefer to split the group into smaller tour groups, each led by a separate tour guide. This allows the guide to engage with each student in the group individually.

In some cases, we are also able to schedule a visit to one of the Paul G. Allen School's many research laboratories. This addendum to a tour generally takes an extra 30 minutes, and can be a valuable experience to students of all ages. Note that we cannot guarantee that any particular lab will be available to host visitors on a specific day, but if you are interested in meeting with a researcher, please let us know in the Tour Scheduling Form. Also note that it is much less likely that we can schedule a lab visit for a large (60+) person group.

Allen Center, Microsoft Atrium Allen Center, main entrance


A tour group should plan to arrive for their tour at least ten minutes early. If you are bringing a large group, be aware that we will schedule tours for about 15 people at a time, every fifteen minutes.

Before and after your scheduled time, if you do not have any other planned activities, there are a number of other nearby buildings and sights to see. Just north of our building is the Husky Union Building (HUB) which is a great place to get food and to use as a central meeting spot on campus. Northwest of the CSE Building is Drumheller Fountain and Rainier Vista which (on nice days) provides a fantastic view of Mt. Rainier. Heading north from the fountain, you will reach Red Square. Suzzallo Library, on the east side of Red Square, is the largest library on campus. Its "Harry Potter Room" at the top of the grand staircase worth visiting (quietly) if you have the time.


Detailed directions are available here


If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact

Code of Conduct

At any time of day in the CSE building there are students and researchers at work. We ask that while you are in the building, you and your group remain courteous and keep noise levels down. Stay with the tour guide at all times.

Scheduling a Tour

You can request to schedule a tour by clicking the button below. Once you submit the form, a member of the CSE outreach team will reach out to you to finalize plans for the tour.


We do not schedule tours during the last two weeks of the UW academic quarter. If you are looking to schedule a tour in December, March, or June, please check the UW Calendar here: to make sure your times do not conflict with the end of our quarter.

Note: By scheduling a tour through the link below, you agree that you have read through and understand all of the content on this page. We do not schedule tours with less than two weeks notice.


Schedule a Tour