PSU opens new welcome center

Portland State has opened a new Welcome Center in the Academic and Student Rec Center. The new center is located in room 101 and is the result of moving the Viking Information Center, the Student Ambassador Program and the Campus Visits office into the same location.

The Viking Information Center and Student Ambassador Program were previously located in Neuberger Hall.

“The groups merged to be more efficient and better serve prospective students and visitors to PSU,” said Nicholas Running, coordinator of commencement and outreach for enrollment management.

The new Welcome Center offers drop-in admissions counseling for prospective students and information about general admissions requirements. They also counsel transfer students on the transfer process and help them obtain official transcripts from their previous schools

“The center is now the welcome face of PSU,” said Lauren Golden, student ambassador coordinator and PSU senior in business and human relations.

The Student Ambassador Program is a resource for prospective students, faculty and visitors to PSU. They represent PSU in the Portland community through recruitment and events with the university president, special guests and visiting faculty.

The center also houses the Campus Visits office and schedules informational tours. Formerly, scheduling for campus visits and student ambassadors required coordination through two different offices, but scheduling can now be reached at one phone number.

The Campus Visits office offers several different types of informational tours designed for prospective and new students with student ambassadors.

From community information tours, tours for transfer students or tours specifically designed for first-generation students or those from ethnically diverse backgrounds, the different types of campus tours the Campus Visits office offers are designed to provide specific information focused on the group’s needs.

“Before the center opened, knowing where to get certain information was confusing and vague for students,” Golsen said. “Having a distinguished Welcome Center helps prospective and incoming students know exactly where to go to get information.”

For more information, visit the Welcome Center website at