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UA offers look at Catherine and Pettus Randall Welcome Center

The University of Alabama began construction on the multimillion-dollar Catherine and Pettus Randall Welcome Center last February.

On Monday, the school released an update and photos of what students and visitors can expect at the state-of-the art facility.

The university showed off the 15,000-square-foot center in a newly renovated Bryce Main building:


UA President Stuart R. Bell spoke about the Randall family’s commitment to the school, as well as their philanthropy.

“Once again, the Randall family is steadfastly demonstrating support and love for their beloved alma mater,” said Bell. “Through their ongoing philanthropy and service to the UA community, the unique and personal way we welcome prospective students will be enhanced as we continue to draw the best and brightest to the Capstone.”

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“I hear from so many prospective students who knew The University of Alabama was the right place for them as soon as they stepped foot on campus,” said Dr. Matthew McLendon, associate vice president and executive director of enrollment management.

“The Randall Welcome Center will take our campus visit experience even further and will be the envy of colleges and universities across the country.”

Cathy Randall talked about her family’s desire to thank the school for all that it has given them.

“The University of Alabama is responsible for our family,” she said. “It is where my husband and I met, and it is where I spent my entire career. Our family wanted to be as supportive as we could in thanking the University for all that it has meant to us.”

The center will also be the hub for undergraduate admissions and will include an area for prospective students to gather for campus tours, a lounge, theater, and UA Admissions offices. It is scheduled to be completed in 2026.

Austen Shipley is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News.

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