On Thursday, campus leaders snipped the ribbon on the new Welcome Center, which aims to give prospective students and visitors a new first look at UC Davis.
Located inside the Conference Center and run by Undergraduate Admissions, the Welcome Center is the more spacious starting point for campus tours (replacing the Buehler Alumni & Visitors Center). It features a new auditorium so that visitors can hear from admissions evaluators.
Its most eye-catching feature: A wall-sized, high-definition touch screen allows a number of people at a time to call up, and resize with their hands, a campus map, photos, videos with sound, university websites and other features.
Student staff who work at the front desk also are trained as admissions advisers. Previously, prospective students could meet with advisers only in Mrak Hall.
Admissions evaluators are also on hand, and can hold one-on-one sessions with students who, for example, might have a more complicated transfer question.
Four computers are set up in the lobby, allowing would-be Aggies to sign up to receive information about the campus, including some tailored to their specific interests.
The center also features a new UCD Bookstore extension, with Aggie gear, UCD olive oil and other souvenirs, along with chips, water bottles and other handy items.
The center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays. It first opened about a month ago.