A Thoroughly Modern Welcome
Washington College recently opened its new Admissions Visitors Center, an elegant, state-of-the-art space that provides hospitality and information to prospective students and their families. Occupying a two-story octagonal room at the heart of the campus, the new Center offers elements that reflect both the College’s 230-year history and its embrace of technology and innovation.
The new Visitors Center is located in the Casey Academic Center (CAC). Along one wall, a 90-inch video screen tells the story of Washington College through a 20-minute presentation that showcases academic life, community life and athletics. Interspersed in the video are cameos of alumni with brief text about their experiences on campus and where they are now in their careers.
Visitors can learn more by engaging with two interactive touchscreens and four iPads. The content on these smaller screens includes a section of historic images and a computer-generated flyover of campus created by the College’s Geographic Information Systems lab. Yet another screen, embedded in a coffee table, enables visitors to watch the interactive Washington College content or access the Internet.
Down the hallway are four architect-designed interview rooms with glass walls that can be folded back, accordion style, to create larger spaces. Each individual interview room sports a curved ceiling engineered to keep interview conversations private.
Reaction to the new space has been overwhelmingly positive, from visitors and members of the campus community alike. Vice President of Enrollment Satyajit Dattagupta is pleased with the way the new space is working. “A visit to our campus has to be truly memorable,” he says. “This new Visitors Center accurately reflects our campus and the personalized education we provide. I do believe it will help set us apart from other colleges.”