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Study at Gallaudet University

Gallaudet University is a quasi-governmental, federally chartered university which offers educational programs for the deaf and hard-of-hearing students. It is located in Washington, D. C. The institution was established in 1864 as the National College for the Deaf and Dumb. The name of the university has been changed a number of times over the years. Gallaudet University offers several graduate and undergraduate programs in diverse Course Topics including business administration, cultural studies, mental health Counselling, and deaf education.

Gallaudet University is a member of the Capital Athletic Conference and the NCAA Division III. The sports teams of the university are known as the Bisons, and they participate in basketball, football, baseball, tennis, and softball. In addition, the students are also involved in various clubs and organizations including the Campus Crusade for Christ, Kappa Sigma Fraternity, International Student Club, and Student Enrolment Government.

Profile of Gallaudet University

Gallaudet is located in Washington, DC (a large city). The school is a private, not-for-profit institution. The highest degree level offered by Gallaudet is the Doctoral degree.

Course Topics

The school has a greater breadth of degree programs (majors) than most colleges of its size. Gallaudet is known for its programs in mathematics, family and social work, and therapy and Counselling.

Gallaudet Selectivity

The school does not offer open admission. Many applicants are from out of state, an indication of the quality or special character of the school.


The school maintains a faculty/student ratio (full-time) which is better than most colleges. Gallaudet has a tenure system for senior faculty. The full-time faculty at the school is well-paid, which often goes with faculty quality.

Student Enrolment

Gallaudet had 1, 423 enrolled students in 2007.

Student Life

The school has a residential or campus feel. Gallaudet offers dorm rooms to a higher percentage of its students than do most colleges. The school values student athletics, and belongs to the Capital Athletic Conference.

The school reports its educational mission is:

"Gallaudet University, federally chartered in 1864, is a bilingual, diverse, multicultural institution of higher education that ensures the intellectual and professional advancement of deaf and hard of hearing individuals through American Sign Language and English. Gallaudet prepares its graduates for career opportunities in a highly competitive, technological, and rapidly changing world. "

Gallaudet Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Liberal Arts63minority and gender studies, American Sign Language, sociology, history, American government and politics, linguistics, Spanish language, sign language translation, . . .
Education and Teaching61early childhood education, school Counselling, education, education of hearing impaired, early childhood special ed, special ed administration, physical education teaching, special education, . . .
Therapy and Counselling38psychology, mental health Counselling, child psychology, school psychology, clinical psychology, art therapy, mental and social health services
Business and Management32business management, accounting, finance, managerial economics
Family and Social Work28social work, family and consumer science, family studies
Medical Support and Technology19audiology, speech pathology
Media17communication studies, digital communications, audiovisual tech
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy9parks and recreation studies, parks and recreation management
Design8graphic design, design and visual communication
Art Studies7art studies
Science7biology, chemistry
Computer Science and Engineering5computer and info science, computer science
Fine Arts5fine arts
Photography and Commercial Art1film and photography
Drama and Performing Arts1drama
Religion and Philosophy1philosophy, religion

Contact: Gallaudet

Gallaudet University

800 Florida Ave NE

Washington, DC 20002-3695

General Phone: (202) 651-5000


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