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Connecting, discovering and influencing deaf education on a global scale
Our story began in 1816 when Laurent Clerc and Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet crossed the Atlantic from Paris, France, to the United States with a dream to open the country’s first school for deaf education. Then, in 1864, with the support of Congress and President Abraham Lincoln, they extended their vision by founding Gallaudet University.
Gallaudet soon became a beacon for visual learning, visual language, social justice, and full rights for deaf and hard of hearing individuals. Since then, Gallaudet has grown to become a university that is beyond our founder’s wildest dreams.
We showcase the value of deaf individuals across all spectrums. An educational experience where we invite you to discover and embrace your unique identity in an environment where you can fully be yourself!
Represented across all 50 states, 100 countries, and 23,000 alumni worldwide.
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Our vision is to become the university of choice for the most qualified, diverse group of deaf and hard of hearing students in the world and hearing students pursuing careers related to deaf and hard of hearing people.
We will empower our graduates with the knowledge and practical skills vital to achieving personal and professional success in the changing local and global communities in which they live and work.
Our University stands on a promise to provide an inclusive, supportive, and academically outstanding environment.
The signing ecosystem provides a lifetime of opportunity for our signing communities to connect, discover, and influence.
Louise B. Miller Pathways and Gardens: A Legacy to Black Deaf Children
Gallaudet is taking action to eradicate racism through system transformation and personal growth to ensure Gallaudet is a place where all people feel safe and valued.
Discover our campus’ fascinating past and the exciting future we have in store.
Gallaudet University, chartered in 1864, is a private university for deaf and hard of hearing students.
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