Why Gallaudet University

Why Gallaudet

Connect. Discover. Influence.

That’s our motto, and it’s a big part of how Gallaudet University has become the world leader in liberal education and career development for deaf and hard of hearing students.

There are countless reasons to select Gallaudet University as a student or education professional. To help you make an informed decision, we’ve put together a few things that set us apart from the rest.

Life at GU is different–in the best way! Gallaudet is a place where everyone belongs. We’re not just saying that. No matter where you come from, what your background is, or how you communicate, you belong when you join our community.


Share our campus with like-minded individuals with barrier-free, immersive American Sign Language (ASL) and English communication like you’ve never experienced.


Learn what you’re capable of as you achieve personal and professional success through the knowledge and skills you develop at Gallaudet.


Our proud Bison alumni push boundaries and have gone on to have careers in some of the most influential companies in the world.

American Sign Language (ASL) - No Experience Required

You’ll join new signers, international signers, native signers, and more in the Gallaudet community. One of our proudest achievements is the continued expansion of our community. With our immersive ASL and English environment and introductory JumpStart ASL program, you don’t need to be an expert–just be you.

Academics and Research – Nothing Short of Innovation

Gallaudet is home to world-class professors, researchers, and instructors. The best part? Our students get to work right alongside them. With a 8:1 faculty to student ratio, our professors aren’t overwhelmed by overpacked classrooms, and our students get the kind of one-on-one instruction that fosters authentic learning. So whether you’re attending class or assisting on a university research project, there’s no limit to what you’ll accomplish here.

Financial Aid and Tuition - Great Value, Best Education

Gallaudet University is among the nation’s “Best Value Schools” according to U.S. News and World Report.

When you’re at Gallaudet, you’re not just getting a great value, but as you’ll come to find out, you’re getting the best education too! With financial aid opportunities like scholarships, grants, student employment, and more, our Financial Aid experts are ready to help you find the best way to make college affordable.

Global Gallaudet - Become A Global Changemaker.

The Gallaudet community spans all 50 states and over 100 countries–that’s a lot of ground to cover. Our Study Abroad and Global Learning opportunities prepare you to become a global changemaker in an ever-evolving world. Whether you desire to visit and support a signing community in another country or make an impact for a noble and global cause right from campus, we can’t wait to support you!

Life In Washington, D.C. - Connect With Your City

Not only are we in the heart of one of America’s most historically significant cities, but the greater Washington, D.C. area is also home to a large, vibrant community of deaf and hard of hearing individuals. So whether you’re on campus, roaming around the surrounding neighborhoods, or exploring D.C.’s most popular sites, you can always find a way to connect with the people around you.

That is - Why Gallaudet

Any questions? Or have you already started packing your bags to get here?

Wherever you are on your academic journey, we’re here to help and support you along the way.