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For New Students

Welcome New Students

Have you received the "Portal" letter from Graduate Admissions along with your offer for admission?

If not, here it is - download the portal -> letter <- and review the steps involved in morphing into a Gallaudet Bison!  

Have you done the following yet? 

1) Have you paid your Admission fee of $100 to Graduate School?  This holds your spot in the program.  $50 will go back to you upon your arrival, to your student account.  The other $50 goes to Graduate Admissions.  Payment methods include:

  • Credit card - call 202.651.5400 to pay over the phone 
  • Check - payable to Graduate Admissions, Kendall Hall - Room 101 Gallaudet University 800 Florida Ave. NE Washington, DC 20002

2) Removed all contingencies on your admission?  There are many possible "contingencies", and the most popular ones (so far) are:  

  1. Student Health Services (SHS) hold which means you have not yet completed your SHS Health History form.  If you are over the age of 26, you are not required to show proof of your immunization status.  SHS will still require a completed tuberculosis risk form and health history form -  download and complete the TB form and Health History forms (pages 1, 2, and 3 here).  You can either fax (202-651-5743) or email the completed forms.  For more information please go to this website:
  2. Graduate Admissions hold which could mean several things:                                                                                        a.  an ASLPI result of 4 or above (a requirement for the MA-SLED program) has not been submitted to Graduate Admissions.  Email Graduate Admissions an attachment of your ASLPI result at  If you have not yet scheduled your ASLPI, contact to schedule your ASLPI now.  Results can take up to a month, so do not delay!    b.  Official transcript indicating conferral of a BA degree.  If you have not yet graduated with your Bachelor's degree but you will in May, that's another contingency.  You will need to register for courses through an electronic form (instead of BISON) and submit the form to the Registrar's Office. Please remember you must have your final, official transcript indicating your bachelor's degree was conferred, sent to Graduate Admissions before you can start classes (May 20th!) or you will be dropped from the graduate program!                                            

 Order your transcripts NOW and add a special note saying to hold the transcript order until your degree has been conferred/posted.  Registrar's office will mail your transcript to Graduate Admissions when your degree has been conferred/posted.  Just in case, check with the Registrar's office to be sure your transcript has been mailed.

3) Have you set up your Gallaudet email address?  Use your Gallaudet email address all the time when corresponding with people on campus.  Your personal email may be quarantined as spam and you might wonder why people aren't responding to your email.  Your Gallaudet email address also verifies your identity so we know you are actually the person we are talking to (personal emails can come from, well, anyone!).  Information on how to set up your Gallaudet email address is in your admit letter sent from the Graduate Admissions office.  You will need your student ID number listed in this letter too.  Problems?  E-mail

4) Visit Gallaudet's Blackboard ( to do the following:

  • Accept Gallaudet's offer to be admitted!  
  • Complete "Incoming Student Survey"
  • Complete "Academic Integrity" and "Institutional Review Board" modules (if you don't do this, you can't start classes with us---> this is important)

5)  Join the Masters in Sign Language Education private Facebook group to meet alumni, second year students and your classmates!  This is a good place to find roommates, ask current students/alumni for advice or to purchase last year's books at a discount! To join, please friend the coordinator, Raychelle at then she'll add you to the group.
6)  Check out your Summer classes!  As new students, you will be automatically registered for ASL 709, 724, 741, 743 and 750 this summer.  Please let your coordinator know if you want a particular schedule.  The sections (.01 or .02) refers to morning or afternoon classes respectively.  Course offerings can be found here: You can also check out  the full course schedule for each semester offered by all departments here, however this information is updated manually (not automatically):

7)  Complete Business Registration. This is made available late April of every year.  This makes sure you promise to pay off your debt by the end of the semester - you cannot register for classes until you complete business registration.  Want to know how much everything'll cost?  Check the Tuition and Fees link.  To complete business registration, there are instructions you can follow at this link:

8) Financial Aid - Visit the Financial Aid website for details including contact information.  If you have VR support, hope to receive assistance/scholarships or need student loans, you must complete the following prior to the first day of class (the earlier you do it, the possibility for more funds available).

  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Be sure to complete the 2013-2014 FAFSA (NOT the 2014-2015 FAFSA- that's for next year!!)
  • Institutional Financial Aid Application (IFAA)

For more details, please visit Financial Aid page on this website.  

9) Start ordering books and equipment for your classes right away!  The required book/equipment list will be posted in the private Facebook 2014 group and sent directly to your Gallaudet email address approximately the first week of April.  The Bookstore will NOT sell the books or equipment needed for your classes, so order now, and online.

10) Review your syllabus and get ready to start online classes on May 19th!  You will receive all course syllabi at your Gallaudet email address approximately the first week of May.  Most of your teachers will provide instructions on how to start participating online via email, Blackboard ( or via MyThread (

11) Come to campus for Graduate Student Orientation (GSO) on Sunday June 14-15th!  Click here for more details about what we have planned for you!  Oh, while you're on campus, you might want to go to Department of Public Safety (DPS)  in the basement of Carlin Hall to get your Gallaudet ID!  They are open 24/7.  Do not delay- you will need your new Gallaudet ID for the cafeteria, library, access to department lab, and many more!

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