Gallaudet University, the world's only university in which all programs and services are specifically designed to accommodate deaf and hard of hearing students, was founded in 1864 by an Act of Congress, and its charter was signed by President Abraham Lincoln.
The Vision of Gallaudet is to:
- Provide the highest quality liberal and professional education through undergraduate and graduate programs for deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing students.
- Offer a welcoming, supportive, and accessible bilingual educational environment for teaching and learning through direct communication. Embrace diversity within the University community by respecting and appreciating choices of communication while guiding students through their process of linguistic and cultural self-actualization.
- Pursue excellence in research, pedagogy, scholarship, and creative activity.
- Lead the advancement of intellectual, social, linguistic, and economic vitality in deaf people through educational, outreach, regional, international, and leadership development programs.
- Preserve deaf history and use visual media to promote the recognition that deaf people and their signed languages are vast resources with significant contributions to the cognitive, creative, and cultural dimensions of human diversity.
- Position our community to reach its full human potential and assume its role as a progressive global entity committed to civic responsibility and social justice.
Deaf and hard of hearing undergraduate students can choose from 39 majors leading to a bachelor of arts or a bachelor of science degree. The University also admits a small number of hearing, degree-seeking undergraduate students--up to 5 percent of an entering class. Undergraduate students also have the option of designing their own majors, called "self-directed majors," in which they select classes from a variety of departments at Gallaudet or take courses offered at 13 other institutions of higher learning that are members of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area.
Graduate programs, open to deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing students, include a master of arts or a master of science degree, specialist degree, certificates, and doctoral degrees in a variety of fields involving professional service provision to deaf and hard of hearing people. Gallaudet University offers exemplary educational programs to deaf and hard of hearing students at all learning levels.
University Mission Statement
Gallaudet University, federally chartered in 1864, is a bilingual, diverse, multicultural institution of higher education that ensures the intellectual and professional advancement of deaf and hard of hearing individuals through American Sign Language and English. Gallaudet maintains a proud tradition of research and scholarly activity and prepares its graduates for career opportunities in a highly competitive, technological, and rapidly changing world.
In the fall of 2010, 1,793 students were enrolled: 1,100 undergraduates, 433 graduates, 201 professional studies students, and 59 English Language Institute students. International students comprise six percent of the degree-seeking student body.
Gallaudet University has more than 18,000 alumni around the world. The Gallaudet University Alumni Association, organized in 1889, has 53 chapters. According to a survey conducted by the University, 90 percent of Gallaudet undergraduate student respondents who graduated between December 2007 and August 2008 are either employed or furthering their education; 99 percent of the survey respondents who graduated with graduate degrees during the same time frame are either employed or furthering their education.
Tuition and Fees
GRADUATE SCHOOL ADMISSIONS
The Graduate School at Gallaudet University draws on Gallaudet's rich heritage, distinguished faculty and staff, and ASL-English bilingual environment to carry out its multifaceted mission to:
- prepare deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing scholars, leaders, and practitioners from diverse backgrounds to excel in their professions and disciplines; and
- generate knowledge, via research and other scholarly activities to inform theory and practice in the professions and disciplines represented by graduate programs.
- The knowledge, skills, and dispositions addressed in the various graduate programs are aligned with professional accreditation standards as well as the Graduate School's own high academic expectations.
What we do in the Graduate Admissions office:
Graduate admission to Gallaudet University is a collaborative process involving the Graduate School and the graduate faculty of the University.
The role of the Graduate Admissions Office is to engage in activities and support services for prospective Gallaudet graduate students in coordination and collaboration with the Dean, the CGE and the academic departments. This effort will include the systematization, standardization and coordination of the admissions process across graduate and degree programs.
To learn about our graduate program offerings and how to apply to Gallaudet's Graduate School, please visit: http://gradschool.gallaudet.edu
- M.A. in Mental Health Counseling
- M.A. in School Counseling
- Summers and Online School Counseling Program
- Ph.D. in Deaf Education
- Ed.S. in Deaf Education
- Master of Arts in Education: Teacher Preparation Program with tracks in:
- M.A. in Deaf Education: Advanced Studies
- M.A. in Deaf Education: Special Programs in Deaf Education
- Certificate in Educating Deaf Students with Disabilities
- Ph.D. in Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences
- Au.D. in Audiology
- M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology
- M.S. in Hearing, Speech and Language Sciences
- Deaf and Hard of Hearing Infants, Toddlers and their Families: Collaboration and Leadership Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate
Frequently Asked Questions
View a major by interest area:
- American Sign Language
- Communication Studies
- Deaf Studies
- International Studies
- Family and Child Studies
- Physical Education
- Recreation and Sports Programming
- Social Work
- Sociology: Criminology
* Many of the majors above are also offered as minors.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Do I have to be deaf or hard of hearing to apply for the undergraduate program at Gallaudet University?
- What must I do before I apply to Gallaudet?
- Must I take an entrance examination?
- How do I get an application for undergraduate admission to Gallaudet University?
- What are the steps that I need to take to complete the application process?
- Do you accept documents in a language other than English?
- What about financial support? Does Gallaudet provide support to international students?
- Is proof of my own financial support required?
- As an admitted student, where can I obtain immigration document needed to apply for a visa?
- What is the deadline for applying to Gallaudet University?
- What do I need to do to get a student visa?
- If I get accepted to Gallaudet University, will there be orientation for international students?
- I do not have enough English skills for college-level work. Do you have a program that will help me improve my skills?
- I am interested in studying at Gallaudet as a non-degree international for a semester or two, what can I do?
- Are international students required to live on campus?
- Do Canadian students need a passport to enter the U.S.?
- If I am accepted to the university do I need to know American Sign Language before arriving on campus?
- Are there scholarships available for international students?
Please note that application received without one of the following items below will not be processed until this office receives all of your application items.
- Complete and sign your portion of the international application.
- Mail the non-refundable $50 application fee directly to us.
- Two Application Essays.
- High School Transcript (Secondary school transcript and/or upper secondary school transcript) or University Transcript(s) for Transfer Applicant only. Transfer students must send your official transcript(s). Your transcripts will be reviewed, and you will be notified if any tests are necessary. NOTE: Transcript(s) must be translated by a certified translator.
- Provide evidence of financial support with financial support documents. If you are a permanent resident (green card holder), you do not need to fill out the Certificate of Finances and Sponsor's Affidavit forms. Instead, make a photocopy of your permanent resident card (both sides) and send it or fax to the Office of Admissions at (202)651-5744.
- Two Recommendation Letters (from qualified academic professionals such as teachers, counselors, or headmasters)
- Standardized Test Report - choose one of the following tests: American College Test (ACT) Institutional Code is 0662. Website: www.actstudent.org SAT Institutional Code is 5240. Website: www.sat.org or www.collegeboard.com For students who do not live near an ACT or SAT testing center: contact the international admissions counselor at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Audiogram (must be completed by a physician or an audiologist)
Please make a photocopy of your application form, documents, and essays for your records.
For more information contact:
Office of Admissions
800 Florida Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20002
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Coordinator, Prospective Graduate Student Services
Kendall Hall, 1st Floor
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Center for International Programs and Services
English Language Institute
International Student Services
Global Education and Scholar Services
Director: Dr. Asiah Mason Hall Memorial Building (HMB) E253
VP : 202-250-2606