For Fall 2020, Gallaudet University is reducing its tuition by 15 percent AND all enrolled students will receive an iPad Pro free of charge.
Gallaudet does what works for you.
Study, Learn, Work, Interact
Come and Experience Gallaudet, Your Way!
See what attending Gallaudet will look like in Fall 2020.
We are bringing Gallaudet to YOU!
Students around the globe have had to overcome obstacles never faced before, especially with the shift to virtual learning environments. Your adventure is just beginning and we are excited to bring Gallaudet to you virtually and your way!
Your virtual environment will be innovative, with accessible face-to-face classes and advanced virtual learning technology. Student clubs and organizations will meet online and host virtual events for the student body. Gallaudet is where you will make lasting memories and discover yourself in ways you never imagined!
Live, Study, and Interact Virtually 24/7
What will make your virtual experience at Gallaudet stand out?
Whether you are a new, emerging, or fluent signer, you’ll receive a full and comprehensive academic experience without any communication compromises.
There is no other place in the world like Gallaudet University – a beacon of visual language and learning, social justice, and accessibility for deaf and hard of hearing people.
You will meet, interact, and network with a diverse student body at Gallaudet to enrich your collegiate experience and social capital.
What type of students come to Gallaudet?
⅓ are from mainstream programs.
⅓ are from deaf schools.
⅓ are transfers from other colleges.
Thrive in a vibrant community of people from diverse backgrounds, life experiences, languages, and cultures – YOUR WAY.
We are excited for you to join our community, and we can’t wait to meet you!
Faculty and Classroom
Our Gallaudet faculty members are hard at work preparing to teach remotely, and deliver the same world-class bilingual education in American Sign Language and English to YOU.
They have received training in online instruction from Quality Matters, the leading global organization for online education. Our Learning Management System, Blackboard, makes it easy to hand in your assignments and engage in discussions with your classmates and professors.
You will connect directly with your professors and classmates via Zoom. We have downsized our virtual class sizes to optimize class performance as well as shifted our class times to accommodate different time zones across the continental U.S. Learning virtually at Gallaudet will be a breeze!
Virtual Campus Life
We are working hard to ensure that our Gallaudet community is able to connect with each other virtually.
Here at Gallaudet, you will discover:
- active student clubs and organizations online where you will find other students who share your interests and passions
- 400+ virtual campus job opportunities for you to earn extra money from the comfort and safety of your home
- more than 1,600 deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing undergraduate and graduate students who are excited to connect with you
- over 25 postgraduate programs available at the certificate, master’s, specialist, and doctoral levels to further your education
- exciting networking opportunities with faculty members who have rich expertise in their disciplines.
- multiple research centers generating new knowledge about deaf and hard of hearing populations
Want to take classes that are not offered at Gallaudet? We have a cross-registration agreement with other universities in the Washington D.C. area via the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area allowing you to take courses at other local universities.
Join us virtually this fall and make the Gallaudet experience YOURS!
Free iPad Pro
As we prepare for the Fall semester remotely, we are continuing to invest in providing our students with the best online education and collegiate experience possible. As part of our ongoing commitment, we formed a partnership with Apple, Inc known as Connected Gallaudet. This partnership aims to enhance the University’s bilingual mission via Apple’s video technology.
Through Connected Gallaudet, at the beginning of the Fall semester, we will provide every enrolled student with a free iPad Pro, Apple Smart Keyboard, and Apple Pencil! Digital content accessible on the iPad Pro will engage, empower, and encourage innovative learning.
Accessibility & Accommodations
We are 100% committed to working with you AND for you to ensure that your courses are accessible, without barriers.
- Our professors and interpreters are dedicated to providing high-quality access to all of our deaf and hard of hearing students.
- We have accessibility staff who are experts on deaf-related access needs standing by and ready to work with you.
- Save time and energy when requesting accommodations at Gallaudet! Our process is easier, faster, and more streamlined.
Rest assured that all the faculty and staff working to support you are well versed with the various technologies and accommodations available to you. You won’t experience the same dedication to accessibility elsewhere!
Affording Your Education: Financial Aid
Gallaudet University is reducing its tuition by 15 percent for Fall 2020! This applies to all full-time and part-time U.S. and international students.
We offer comprehensive financial aid packages to ensure our education is affordable for every student. We offer up to $80,000 in scholarships per student!
If it becomes possible for us to bring our students back to campus during the 2020-2021 academic year, your room and board costs will be prorated for the time that you are on campus.
Our Financial Aid staff is committed to working with you and/or your family to put together a financial aid package that works for you. If you were financially impacted by COVID-19, additional financial aid may be available.
Concerned about coping with the pressures of a university in the midst of a pandemic? Struggling with the realities of self-quarantine? Worried about your future career prospects?
Our staff and students are committed to your success and well-being:
- Our academic and career advisors will work with you to plan out your course load according to YOUR schedule and career goals.
- Peer coaches are standing by to offer strategies for success that work for you. Learn and study YOUR WAY.
- You will connect with peer mentors who are students just like you, who can provide you with guidance and tips for maximizing your collegiate experience.
- Our Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) have trained experts ready to provide you with the resources you need for your mental health.
Know that support is always available to you during your entire time at Gallaudet.
Campus Safety & Transition Plans
We are committed to delivering the best remote learning experience possible as we take a cautious approach to restoring our vibrant community life on campus.
This complex virus is creating uncertainty for all of us; we will be flexible and adaptive in our response while taking an approach consistent with the requirements of local public health officials and health departments.
For the Fall 2020 term, our Gallaudet community will continue to work, teach, and learn remotely until our safe return to campus becomes possible.
Gallaudet has over 22,000 alumni for you to connect with and join!
See what some of our proud alumni have to say about Gallaudet and their successes:
Angela Vasquez, ‘11
Mission Support Specialist
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
My job at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration services has taught me how to support and work with diverse people from different backgrounds. Working here is special to me, because I was once an immigrant myself. Now, I give hope to others.
Dr. Raja Kushalnagar
Science, Technology, and Mathematics
Gallaudet students who major in Information Technology become designers, builders, and operators of computing technology such as web, network, and security applications for organizations and people. They analyze complex problems and create solutions that help users meet their goals.
Amanda Sortwell Crane, ‘10 and Megan Erasmus, ‘10
National Deaf Therapy, LLC
The relationships we cultivated at Gallaudet have allowed us to extend our reach across the United States. We established National Deaf Therapy, LLC to bring together a diverse, dynamic, and collaborative team that provides the Deaf community with online access to much-needed mental health services.
Colin Hill, M.D., ‘11
Residency, Internal Medicine, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
Residency, Radiation Oncology, The Johns Hopkins Hospital
The intersection of language, culture, and academics at Gallaudet made it the ideal place for me to prepare for my career as a physician. My professors in the chemistry and biology programs provided meaningful mentorship and learning opportunities, allowing me to build the foundation that served me well during medical school.
Tate Tullier, ‘03
Tate Media, LLC
I started dabbling in photography 25 years ago, and it has become my life’s work. Gallaudet was a huge part in launching Tate Media, LLC because it led to extensive networking opportunities across the United States and the world. Through this network and word-of-mouth, I have been able to expand my business doing something I love while having fun at the same time.
Frequently Asked Questions
We’re here for you – whether you want to know more about student life or discuss your financial plan for college, we are ready to help. Feel free to contact us anytime.
My family’s financial situation has been directly impacted by COVID-19 and I am concerned about the cost of attendance. What should I do?
We understand that the coronavirus pandemic has made drastic impacts on many people’s ability to work. We encourage you to contact a financial aid representative with these concerns. If you have already received your financial aid package, the Financial Aid Office will re-evaluate your situation and provide additional aid if warranted. They can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes, Gallaudet Admissions will honor any changes to the curriculum that are made by your school. Your guidance counselor and/or school will need to share the new changes when they submit the final transcript with the Office of Admissions and Outreach.
Yes. Test reports displaying college readiness are required; however, we have alternative testing available at no cost to you. For more information about alternative testing, please contact email@example.com.
My high school has not had a visit from a Gallaudet admissions counselor this year. How can I learn more about Gallaudet?
A virtual campus tour is available here
This can give you a better feel for the classrooms, dorms, and other hotspots on campus. Also, your Admissions Counselor will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
I was doing well in school until COVID-19 disrupted everything. How will this affect my admission to the university?
Undergraduate Admissions will take a holistic approach to the admissions process. We encourage you to include in your application any supplemental materials (a portfolio, for example) that may be a better representation of you as a student. We understand students are dealing with significant disruptions to their education this year and will consider this during application review.
With everything that happened last spring, I need some time off. I still want to come to Gallaudet, just not right now. Can I defer my acceptance?
Yes, you may defer your acceptance for up to one year. Please communicate with your admissions counselor if you would like to have your admission deferred to Spring 2021 or Fall 2021.
Yes and No. Financial aid awards from Gallaudet University include two types of aid: merit-based scholarships and need-based financial aid (grants, loans, or work-study). Merit-based aid will remain the same every year, even if you choose to defer. Need-based aid will be re-evaluated every year to address each family’s financial situation.
In compliance with federal law, Gallaudet requires that final/official transcripts be sent to Undergraduate Admissions before the start of your first semester at Gallaudet. If your school is already closed, please let your admissions counselor know so that they can work toward a solution with you.
The enrollment fee is non-refundable. However, we are committed to helping our students financially whenever possible. To that end, the $200 enrollment fee will be credited to your first-semester bill when you register for Fall 2020.
No, we will not charge room and board fees unless it becomes possible for our students to return to campus. Future room and board charges will be calculated based on the number of weeks students are able to live on campus.
I am a DeafBlind student and I’m very concerned about my ability to access my courses while online. What kind of accommodations will be available for me?
Gallaudet University’s Office for Students with Disabilities (OSWD) continues to work with each student and faculty to ensure that effective accommodations are met and to ensure access. For more information, please go to OSWD’s website (found here) or email OSWD@gallaudet.edu for more information and assistance.
Gallaudet University requires that all full-time students have health insurance coverage. This means undergraduate students with at least 12 credits and graduate students with at least 9 credits will be required to have insurance. Although students will be remaining remote for the fall, we are still requiring students to complete the health insurance annual decision form in case we do reach a point where students are able to safely come back to campus. Students can use their state insurance plans to waive the health insurance requirement. When the waiver form is complete, you will receive a reference number. The reference number means your waiver has been submitted and accepted. You do not have to email Student Financial Services your reference number.
Yes, absolutely! Use the live chat to initiate contact with an admissions counselor between 8:00 am-6:00 pm ET or text us anytime at (202) 751-4424.
Due to COVID-19, I am unable to take the ASLPI evaluation to complete my application. Can I still apply without the ASLPI?
Absolutely! Please contact the graduate program for which you are applying and they will discuss ASLPI alternatives with you.
No. You will not be required to move to the DC area to complete your 2020 fall studies.
I am not sure which graduate program will meet my future goals. Is there someone I can discuss this with?
Yes! Our Graduate Admissions Counselor is ready to assist you! You can contact Heidi Zornes-Foster via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or send her a text at (202) 751-3131.
Yes! Many graduate school departments offer students assistance in the form of tuition scholarships and/or tuition assistantships. We also offer financial aid (FAFSA) and other award packages.
Please send your official transcripts, ASL videos, etc to email@example.com
Due to COVID-19 and my job being impacted, I would like to apply for graduate school. Is it too late to apply for Fall 2020?
Many programs are still accepting 2020 applications. To see which programs are still open for the 2020 cohort, click here! https://www.gallaudet.edu/graduate-admissions/im-ready-to-apply/graduate-application-central
We are the world’s only University designed to be barrier-free for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students. Gallaudet University is a diverse and eclectic community. Students, staff and faculty from all 50 states and almost 100 countries have found a home here. We are richer for the diverse perspectives and experiences that make up the Gallaudet community.
Gallaudet has so much to offer, including 40 undergraduate majors, over 25 masters, specialist, doctoral and graduate certificate programs, 18 research labs, and so much more.