Your tour begins on the steps of Waldschmidt Hall, home to many of the University of Portland's administrative offices including the admissions office (2nd floor).
Originally called West Hall, Waldschmidt Hall was built in 1891 for Portland University, the Methodist institution that owned the first college on The Bluff. That school closed a few years later, and West Hall and the property surrounding it were purchased for Columbia University, renamed the University of Portland in 1935.
Over the years the building has served as a student dormitory, dining hall, classroom, and administrative offices.
The building was remodeled and restored in 1992 and renamed Waldschmidt Hall in honor of the University’s 15th president, Bishop Paul Waldschmidt, C.S.C.
Today the building houses the offices of the president, provost, and vice presidents of financial affairs, student affairs, University operations, and University relations; admissions; controller; development; financial aid; Graduate School; human resources; marketing and communications; payroll; registrar; and student accounts and the cashier.