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Gallaudet University

Washington, D. C., Washington, D.C., United States
With more than 1,000 undergraduates and direct communication in at least two languages, you’ll feel welcome and ready to get involved immediately. Play varsity or intramural soccer. Join the Gallaudet Dance Company, ThinkBiz or Sisters of Color. Collaborate on a project with a professor or have lunch together. Hop on the Metro with some friends and explore the 

Bachelor's programmes

Humanities (4)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (3)
Applied Sciences & Professions (1)
Computer Science & IT (1)
Education & Training (1)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (1)
Journalism & Media (1)



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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Student services

  • Academic Advising Office
  • Division of Student Affairs and Academic Support
  • Student Financial Services
  • Financial Aid Office 
  • Dining Services
  • Office of Residence Life and Housing

Housing services

We also handle Visitor Housing for visitors who come to Gallaudet to stay in our residence halls.

Library services

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. 

ICT services

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. 

Medical services

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.

Student Life

Campus life

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.

Sports facilities

Athletic facilities include:

  • Field house
  • Hotchkiss field
  • Hoy field
  • Softball complex
  • Pool
  • Thomas Berg track
  • Fitness complex
  • Athletic training room

Student clubs

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. 

Student Reviews

There's no place in the world that can compare with this university
Ashley Bergeron rated 4 out of 5 stars

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.

My second home!
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

Amazing community. I’ll never forget my wonderful college experiences.

Washington, D. C., Washington, D.C., United States

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