The Hearing Undergraduate Student (HUG) program, established fall 2001, is a unique program for hearing students who want to enroll as degree-seeking undergraduate students at Gallaudet University. The program is designed for those with an existing knowledge of American Sign Language and who want to work in the deaf community or want a deaf-related career.
Hearing applicants to the undergraduate program are expected to be able to articulate and demonstrate their reason for wanting to attend Gallaudet University. Applicants should also be able to explain how an education at the world's only liberal arts university for deaf and hard of hearing students will benefit them.
The Board of Trustees and the administration have set a limit to the number of HUGs that may be admitted to the University each fall. Due to limited space, the HUG program is highly competitive and selective. A selected number of HUG applicants that meet the requirements of the program will be scheduled for an on-campus interview and an assessment of their signing skills before being officially accepted into the program.
Application and supporting documents must be received or postmarked on or before February 10.
Selected applicants will be asked to come to Gallaudet for an interview with the selection committee. Interviews are usually scheduled for January through February. Applicants are also required to schedule an American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (ASLPI), a video recorded evaluation which will determine the applicant’s overall ASL proficiency. Ratings are awarded on a scale from 0-5. The ASLPI can be taken “in person” at Gallaudet or via videophone from an approved location. The ASLPI evaluation system is housed in ASL Diagnostic and Evaluation Services (ASL-DES) at Gallaudet University. See this website for more information http://asldes.gallaudet.edu/. To schedule an ASLPI, send email to ASLPI@gallaudet.edu. There is a fee to take the ASLPI. Please check the website for current ASLPI fee information.
Initial notification of acceptance into the program will made by mid-March at which time applicants will then have two weeks to consider their decision of accepting or rejecting the offer to study at Gallaudet. We ask that accepted applicants let us know their decision by April 1, so that vacated slots may be offered to those on our waiting list.