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Programs - Honors and ELI

Honors Program

All students with ACT English and Reading scores of 24 and above (freshman status) may apply for admission to University Honors.  New students are admitted provisionally to either the General Studies Honors or University Honors based on the following criteria:

    • Review of high school or previous postsecondary school transcripts, with a GPA of 3.5 or greater
    • ACT Mathematics Subtest scores or SAT Math score reviewed on an individual basis
    • Interview with the Honors Program Coordinator via instant messaging
    • Completion of the Honors summer reading and participation in the online discussion of that reading, and participation in the Honors Retreat (for exceptions or alternative means of participation, the student should notify the Honors Coordinator as soon as possible).

Upon review, some students may also be placed in Bridge to Honors, which clusters students needing an additional semester to adjust to college or to develop skills for success in Honors. Students may be considered for Honors from Bridge with recommendations from two first semester professors and an in person interview; sometimes the student may also submit a writing sample. Any student currently enrolled in the University also may apply to Honors following these requirements and a required submission of a writing sample.


    • Students with a Bridge to Honors placement will not be eligible for Honors scholarships until officially enrolled in the program
    • A student's initial placement (Honors or Bridge) is made after the interview, but this placement may change based on performance in the last two admission areas of summer reading board and the retreat.  In addition, if students fail to meet the Honors program requirements for summer participation, honors merit scholarships will be revoked.

After meeting established criteria and performing well academically the first semester (as determined by first semester Honors faculty and the Honors Director), new students may move from provisional to full status as Honors students.

To schedule an interview, see the Honors website.

English Language Institute

The mission of the English Language Institute is to provide an intensive English as a Second Language program for all deaf and hard of hearing students, whether international or U.S. citizens/permanent residents, who have need for such.  Students learn English by direct instruction in American Sign Language.  Students are given high quality instruction through research-based bilingual education practices in a multilingual, multicultural learning environment to help students succeed in their academic, professional, and personal goals.

The English Language Institute (ELI) is a sub-unit of the Department of World Languages and Cultures. ELI provides intensive instruction throughout the academic year and the summer to help students become proficient in English in order to qualify for admission to Gallaudet or another university in the United States. The location of Gallaudet University in Washington D.C. allows ELI students to learn English and ASL with the unique experience and opportunity only the capitol of the USA can offer. 

For more information, please visit: English Language Institute   

Students applying to the Undergraduate program from the English Language Institute program will undergo the same application procedures as general applicants applying from the Undergraduate program.   

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