About Gallaudet University

Founded in 1864, Gallaudet University. is a Private college. Located in District of Columbia, which is a city setting in District of Columbia, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 1,121 full time undergraduate students, and 445 full time graduate students.

The Gallaudet University Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 7:1. There are 182 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Gallaudet University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate66%
Application Deadline
Application Fee50
SAT Range700-1070
ACT Range14-20

Admissions at are considered Selective, with ,8% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 48 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

0% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 0% were in the top quarter, and 0% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.


We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Gallaudet University.

“We”re apathetic”
“We know about current events and vote”
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
“We save it for the classroom”
“Sometimes, but not often”
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
“All the time, including weekends”
“I”m always terrified”
“I only go out in groups”
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
“I feel extremely safe”
“We don”t play sports”
“We play recreationally”
“We bought the gear”
“We live for the big game”
“It”s not really our thing”
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
“There are a variety of opportunities”
“We”re a very artistic group”
“Haven”t met them”
“Available in class”
“They keep regular office hours”
“They”re always available”
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
“We”re not into drinking at all”
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
“We only party on weekends”
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
“Never, we”re here to learn”
“There might be people who do”
“People are known to partake on weekends”
“There”s a huge drug scene”

Gallaudet University REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    43 Students rated on-campus housing 3.4 stars. 5 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    37 Students rated off-campus housing 2.7 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    45 Students rated campus food 2.6 stars. 7 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    45 Students rated campus facilities 3.5 stars. 9 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    45 Students rated class size 4.1 stars. 49 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    45 Students rated school activities 3.4 stars. 18 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    45 Students rated local services 3.7 stars. 36 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    45 Students rated academics 3.2 stars. 18 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of Gallaudet University?

13 Students rated Gallaudet University

Silas - 08/02/2020

Gallaudet is structured for students who have previously been in residential schools, which have notoriously low academic standards that have only recently begun improving. For students who natively speak English, they may surprisingly have a hard time communicating until they become better at ASL so that they can know better how to express information to the many native signers. Quality of education can be mixed depending on the department. For students seeking to be treated at the collegiate level rather than high school senior, it may be necessary to join the Honors Program or to create their own challenges. Social life is powerful, but many students have lost sight of Deaf History and have no sense of belonging to the Disability Rights Movement or to Deaf Culture beyond last week. However, these students also change the face of what the right to communication means. All communication styles are accepted and supported, and students switch around for one another. Does this sacrifice ASL or coddle new signers, or does it embody our bilingual mission? For those who want access to totally accessible communication, Gallaudet is the perfect choice. Be aware, though, that those who want a challenge may need to seek it themselves. Gallaudet offers plenty of resources to do this, thankfully. GO BISONS!!!

Liam - 06/25/2019

Gallaudet University is quite different than any other university. Since it is a deaf university, everything from academics to parties to sports is very interesting to partake in. Everything is communicated in sign language in the classroom and sports. It is a small campus with an approximate amount of 2000 students. The classrooms are very nice and the buildings itself show a historic portrait of Gallaudet's University's past. The majority of the teachers are hard workers and help students reach their goals while there are a few teachers that slack off. The food in the cafe is great with many options but some days the employees can really act out of control if something goes wrong with the customer. The sports facilities are fantastic especially with the limited space they have. The staff there is amazing too because they want to push student athletes past their limits. The safety of the campus could use a little work although. A few precautions letting in strangers into the campus could be used. Based on my first year here as a student athlete, I would rate this school a 3.9 out of 5.

Tomora - 04/22/2019

I visited Gallaudet University. I think gaining access to scholarships can be difficult because I am hearing-impaired.

Alyssa - 02/06/2019

It's a university created for the deaf and hard of hearing community. It's the only deaf university in the world! However, it is just like every other private college where there are people who snub others for being "different". As a deaf person who learned American Sign Language later in life, it was harder for me socially but there are tons of different people and I eventually found friends who were in similar situations. Classes are deliberately very small sizes. The maximum number of students I've seen is probably 20 students including myself. Everything is visually taught and there isn't a lot of lectures (at least for the political science and general requirements I took). The big negative I have is that the financial aid department for the school is abysmal. Their secretary is nasty to students but oh so accommodating for concerned parents. The process is slow despite having a big number of "available" advisors. The advisor I had wasn't even helpful at all. I'm not even sure what they're supposed to advise on. That's how bad of a job they did. I had a lot of classmates and roommates drop out mainly because of the financial aid department's incompetence. Hopefully they get that fixed soon.

Gallaudet University FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Gallaudet University?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Gallaudet University is 66%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    Figure out what your priorites are about the schools you attend; do you want a social life, discover your identity, work toward a career goal or the cultural experience from the city/area the school's in? Once you narrow those down you can look at which schools meet those criteria and go from there. Also a visit to the campus is strongly suggested- an overnight visit. That way you can get a peek of what the nightlife is like, even if it's from an outsider's point of view. Also you could ask to meet with a professor and perhaps ask for a sample of a syllabus just to get a feel of what a course's expectations are like. That can make a difference for a syllabus can reveal the amount of homeworks, teaching style and rules in a classroom. Some schools are a great deal more flexible than others. Others impose more homeworks, projects or some prefer a seminar style discussion. If you're interested in an extracurricular activity, go to their offices and find out how it operates and see if you can get involved. All of those factors can help one decide.

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  3. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    The worst thing about Gallaudet University : cost of education. The cost of education is expensive as compared to another colleges in USA. You are able to request assistance to cover the tuition such as FAFSA, scholarships, and grants. Approximately, 80 {4a082faed443b016e84c6ea63012b481c58f64867aa2dc62fff66e22ad7dff6c} undergraduate students would be able to have some kind of assistance with financial aid.

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  4. Describe the students at your school.


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  5. What's unique about your campus?

    The best thing about my school is the fact that it is a very diverse school. people from all over, different backgrounds, different growing up cultures. Gallaudet is a university for the Deaf, it has students from all over the country most are Deaf or hard of hearing, some are hearing but have relations with those who are Deaf or hard of hearing. But one thing is in common with everyone in this school, they all know about the Deaf and its culture and history, they all understand the difficulties and advantages of Deaf and hard of hearing.

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  6. What kind of person should attend this school?

    typically Deaf or hard of hearing students, and of course those hearing students who grew up with their first language as american sign language because their parents are deaf, or students who know american sign language and want to pursue a carreer in interpreting.

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  7. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    Our school is best known for being the only Deaf university in the world. We're known to be very accomodating towards Deaf people, and while we're not a perfect university, we do try. We have this awesome, tight-knit sense of community where everyone knows each other (wait...that could be a bad thing too!), and the alumni is very involved, since they were Deaf, too, and some of their kids attend Gallaudet also. We're also known for striking protests when our President doesn't meet our needs. We're, in two words, Gallaudet University.

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  8. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    Strongly cultural yet lacking in promise for its students.

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  9. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    A person who wants to avoid alcohol but feels weak in that area. A person who wants to focus on their academic career without distractions- there will be a lot!

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  10. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    I wish I had went to the YLC so I could have made friends prior to enrolling at Gallaudet University.

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  11. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    There isn't any frustrating thing about this school.

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  12. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    Students associated in any way with Speech Science: Prepare to go up against a wave of resentment. You can either stay and fight, try to change minds and attitudes about what it means to be a culturally sensitive SLP or audiologist, or mentally disengage by shrugging and saying, "whatever. Not my problem." The rest of the student body will expect the latter.

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  13. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    I am not a good judge of this one - football games seem popular. There is a vibrant party scene. Gallaudet is in the middle of DC, though, a lot of people take their social lives off-campus.

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  14. What are the academics like at your school?

    I am graduate student so my experience is probably not representative of the average undergraduate, but my impression is that the majority of academics have been really, really easy. As a rule, professors have been standoffish and not very interested in teaching. Homework assignments are often reading comprehension checks and there is rarely time for creative discussion.

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  15. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    In the big picture, I believe Gallaudet is struggling right now with its image as the cultural Deaf Mecca where everyone signs pure ASL and attends Deaf Power rallies and the encroaching reality of a deaf world that is changing; more students coming from mainstreamed backgrounds with weaker signing skills, oral backgrounds, and avid users of amplification technology. There is a deep ideological clash between these two camps and it results in a very fractured social scene; over there are the hearing kids, here are the oral hard-of-hearing, there are the late signers, over there are the mainstreamed ASL-users, there are those who sign SEE, those have Deaf parents...and so on.

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  16. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?


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  17. What are your classes like?


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  18. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    I mostly tell my deaf friends about, how many different kinds of sign language there at Gallaudet. Also, how there are diversity of people from all over the world and friends from different countries. I tell my friends, from home, how easy to make friends there and how the professors are flexable with the students. The university is really a awesome place to go for deaf and hard-of-hearing students and how we have our own culture in school and we have our own world there and freedom.

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  19. What is the stereotype of students at your school?

    Everyone is Deaf and really into the Deaf-power movement.

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  20. Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

    Not really. The majority of the student population is audiologically deaf or hard-of-hearing, but they span the gamut culturally.

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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

96% of students attending Gallaudet University receive some sort of financial aid. 57% were awarded federal grants. While 43% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

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$110K & UP

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