General Tour Information

We are happy to provide tours of the Paul G. Allen Center to student groups, visiting classes, and organizations! Individual families and students interested in our program should attend an Information Session, with a tour following. Requests for individual tours may be accomodated based on availibility. 

To request a tour, please read through this page and submit the request form below.

A tour for 15-20 people takes 30-45 minutes, including time for a questions. We prefer to split larger groups into tours of about 10-15 students, so so our guides can engage with each student individually.

Depending on availibility, we may also be able to schedule a visit to a research lab. Visiting a lab generally takes an additional 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. If you are interested in seeing a lab, let us know in the Tour Scheduling Form. Also note that it is much less likely that we can schedule a lab visit for large (60+) person groups.

Logistics

Tour groups should arrive in our building at least ten minutes early. Please consider time to park and walk across our large campus. Please allow extra time for large groups, so we can split your your group into smaller groups of 15 people at a time, beginning every fifteen minutes.

If you'd like to find other activities for before or after your Allen School tour, there are many sights to see on campus. Just north of our building is the Husky Union Building (HUB), a great place for food and to use as a central meeting spot. Northwest of the Allen Center are Drumheller Fountain and Rainier Vista (and a fantastic view of Mt. Rainier on nice days!). North from the fountain, you will reach Red Square and Suzzallo Library. Suzzalo is the largest library on campus with its famous "Harry Potter Room" at the top of the grand staircase.

Directions

Detailed directions are available here

Contact

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact outreach@cs.washington.edu.

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 to make sure your times do not conflict with the last two weeks 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.

 

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