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If you are a deaf or hard of hearing high school senior or a student who has completed high school and has not yet enrolled at another college or university after graduation, apply for freshman admission.
National Decision Day
* Rolling Admissions for First Time Student Applicants
The application materials below are required for ALL deaf and hard of hearing freshman applicants.
Waived if you submit by December 1, attend an Open House event or campus visit- whether virtual or in-person, attend a virtual Gallaudet event, or have ever participated in any of our Gallaudet University Youth Programs
The essay prompt can be found in the online application.
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Gallaudet utilizes superscores for both the ACT and SAT test to award merit scholarships in addition to utilizing them for admissions consideration. To learn more about superscores, visit the ACT website.
If you are a hearing student who knows American Sign Language (ASL) that wants to study alongside deaf and hard of hearing individuals and will pursue a career that furthers the education of deaf and hard of hearing people, Gallaudet University has an immersive hearing undergraduate experience designed for you.
National Decision Day
The application materials below are required for ALL hearing undergraduate applicants. Note that there are two Phases to every hearing undergraduate application.
The HUG/BAI admissions counselor will contact you to arrange an admissions interview and initial language screening.
At the time of your interview, you will be given information about the American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (ASLPI). The ASLPI is a video-recorded evaluation that will determine your overall ASL proficiency. To be eligible for the Hearing Undergraduate Program, an ASLPI score of 2 or higher is required. The fee to take the ASLPI is normally $165, but we have coordinated with the testing center to provide you with a reduced testing fee of $35 with the understanding that your test results will only be used for application decisions.
You will be notified of your admissions decision following completion of the ASLPI.
If you are a hearing student specifically interested in majoring in Interpretation, the B.A. in Interpretation program is for you. There are some extra application requirements and expectations to consider in addition to standard hearing undergraduate admission requirements.
Phase 1 will be the same as above. Please note that the BAI program requires that you have a 2.75 or higher cumulative grade point average in your high school or previous college coursework.
The HUG/BAI admissions counselor will contact you with information about the American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (ASLPI). The ASLPI is a video-recorded evaluation that will determine your overall ASL proficiency. The BAI program requires an ASLPI score of 3 or higher. The fee to take the ASLPI is normally $165, but we have coordinated with the testing center to provide you with a reduced testing fee of $35 with the understanding that your test results will only be used for application decisions.
If your ASLPI results qualify you for the next step, you will be sent a link for the BAI Language Performance evaluation (BAI LP) from the Department of Interpretation and Translation. Your admissions counselor will provide information regarding this evaluation at the time of eligibility.
You will be notified of your admissions decision following completion of the ASLPI and BAI LP assessments.
If you are a deaf or hard of hearing student who has enrolled and earned credits at another college, we invite you to apply for transfer admission. If you happen to have already earned a degree from another university, you may pursue a second degree at Gallaudet- be sure to choose that as you fill out your application.
The application materials below are required for ALL deaf and hard of hearing transfer applicants.
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If you are a deaf or hard of hearing student who does not possess U.S. citizenship or Permanent Residency status, you will need to apply as an international student.
Important: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) regulations require that all international applicants or admitted/readmitted international students provide evidence of adequate financial support before they may obtain immigration paperwork for student visas. We highly recommend that funds be secured before starting the application process. Student Financial Services maintains an updated chart of tuition and fees.
The application materials below are required for ALL deaf and hard of hearing international applicants.
Students who wish to study at Gallaudet University without seeking a degree may do so through our visiting, non-degree, or exchange programs. If non-degree students later wish to apply for admission or transfer to the undergraduate program, they must satisfy the requirements for undergraduate admission.
Non-degree students are not eligible for financial assistance from Gallaudet University. If you are a visiting or exchange student earning your degree from another college or university and receive financial aid from your institution, that aid may be applied to tuition here at Gallaudet. You should discuss your plans with the financial aid office at your home school before attending Gallaudet.
Visiting students are students who are enrolled in a degree program at another institution and wish to take courses at Gallaudet. Visiting students must have a current GPA of at least 2.5 at their home institutions, and will be limited to study for up to two semesters.
Deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing students currently attending Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio, or McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland, may attend Gallaudet for one semester through the Exchange Student Program. Exchange students must be a junior or senior with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
In addition to required application materials above, visiting or exchange applicants must submit the following:
Gallaudet University has made it possible for aspiring adult learners to finish their college degree online while continuing with their daily lives. If you have earned 60 college credits toward a B.A. or B.S. degree here at Gallaudet or at other institutions, you may apply to the Online Degree Completion Program. We currently offer two areas of study for this program: Deaf Studies and Psychology. Note that the ODCP-Deaf Studies program is cohort-based, and starts only in the Fall term.
The application materials below are required for ALL ODCP applicants.
Alternatively, a recommendation from a current employer or supervisor is acceptable.
All ODCP-Deaf Studies applicants must additionally submit an ASL video essay and take the ASL Placement Test. The essay prompt and information about the ASLPT requirement can be found in the application.
Any student who withdraws from or is discontinued from the University for any reason must reapply for readmission.
When all required documents have been received, your academic, student life, and student account records will be reviewed. You will be informed in writing of the readmission decision within four weeks.
Financial aid forms, registration information (class schedule and course selection forms), housing contract form, and related materials will be sent only to those students who are officially readmitted to the University.
We look forward to your return and are available to assist you with your readmission or second-degree procedures. Welcome back!
Readmission packets must be received in the Registrar’s Office by the application deadlines to be considered for readmission. Priority will be given to applications completed before the deadline.
If you meet the criteria for Honors Program admission, you will be invited to apply at the time of your acceptance to the University.
Honors Program Admission Criteria
The Honors Program uses a holistic admissions process, meaning we consider the whole person as we screen applicants. Several factors are considered, including high school or college GPA, ACT or SAT scores, a one-on-one interview, determination and grit, and materials submitted as part of the online application to Gallaudet.
Your application will be reviewed for Honors Program admission when you apply to the University. You also have the option of applying to the Honors Program once you are here! We recognize that intellectual flowering and motivation sometimes occurs after arriving here at Gallaudet.
We look for students who demonstrate intellectual motivation, dedication to a program of study, and critical thinking skills to engage and wrestle with texts and concepts in order to further their academic journeys in graduate school and life beyond the university.
Perks of the Honors Program
To aid students in their quest for excellence, we provide a number of benefits including dedicated study facilities, scholarships, social programs, and enhanced academic preparation. Our graduates also have Improved career opportunities, and are eminently prepared for admission to top-tier graduate or professional programs.
We offer affordable tuition along with generous financial aid packages to make your higher education dreams a reality. Gallaudet also has up to $80,000 in merit scholarship funds available for each eligible student, and 90% of Gallaudet students receive financial aid or scholarships.
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If you have never enrolled at any other college/university before applying, you are a first-time freshman. All enrolled students will receive an iPad Pro free of charge.
Admission to Gallaudet is competitive, but our admission process is a personal one. Each application is reviewed holistically for:strength of academic preparationperformance on standardized testsletters of recommendation
We seek applicants from a variety of geographic, social, cultural, economic, and ethnic backgrounds.
Transfer applications, like freshman applications, undergo holistic review. But high school performance and SAT/ACT test scores are not considered. Instead, we look for:
As an equal opportunity educational institution, Gallaudet encourages applications from racial and ethnic minorities. Gallaudet is committed to a barrier-free environment and provides students who have physical disabilities (in addition to hearing loss) the assistance they need to participate fully in campus programs and activities.
Gallaudet University, chartered in 1864, is a private university for deaf and hard of hearing students.
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