In 1856, Amos Kendall, a postmaster general during two presidential administrations, donated two acres of his estate in northeast Washington, D.C. to establish a school and housing for 12 deaf and six blind students. The following year, Kendall persuaded Congress to incorporate the new school, which was called the Columbia Institution for the Instruction of the Deaf and Dumb and Blind.
Gallaudet University and the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center at Gallaudet offer nationally recognized programs and services for deaf and hard of hearing children from birth to age 21. These include day and residential schools, summer camps and national competitions as well as resources for parents and professionals.
The purpose of RSIA's Research Support division is to enhance Gallaudet's intellectual climate through enriching scholarly opportunities on Gallaudet's campus and beyond. Research Support's efforts pertain to Gallaudet's Research Priorities.
The mission of the Gallaudet University Career Center is to assist students in reaching their career goals by integrating liberal education with experience in the marketplace-students are educated and empowered to practice lifelong career management skills, make effective career decisions, and achieve professional success. As part of this mission, the Career Center also works to bridge cultural understanding between the mainstream workforce and the deaf community.
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We also handle Visitor Housing for visitors who come to Gallaudet to stay in our residence halls.
Gallaudet University Library's mission is to serve students, faculty, staff, and other researchers from around the world by providing access to research materials and the information literacy skills students will need throughout their lives.
Gallaudet Technology Services (GTS) provides essential resources, end-user training and support for academic and administrative uses of technology at Gallaudet University and the Clerc Center.
Health insurance for regular status employees is offered through the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) program. FEHB offers a variety of health insurance plans, including fee-for-service, HMO, CDHP, and HDHP. The cost is shared by the employee and Gallaudet University.
First-year students at Gallaudet live in Benson Hall, where it’s easy to make friends and connect with peer mentors and other support.
After that, you could select an innovative residence hall built entirely using DeafSpace architectural design elements.
DeafSpace elements foster community and visual interaction. Gallaudet students were instrumental in deciding how our new, $16 million Living and Learning Residence Hall should be designed. All public spaces in our other residence halls were also recently renovated based on this input.
Athletic facilities include:
The Campus Activities office, a unit of Student Affairs and Academic Support, oversees a variety of student organizations including student government, student media, fraternities and sororities, and other organizations for students with similar interests or backgrounds.
Gallaudet University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is a regional accrediting agency that accredits degree-granting colleges and universities in the Middle States region and is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
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One of a kind! The only university in the world that provides an academic environment that mainly uses American Sign Language as a primary form of communication for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing students. Amazing experience and unlimited opportunities when it comes to academics and extracurricular activities.
Amazing community. I’ll never forget my wonderful college experiences.