Mission Statement

The Gallaudet University Office of Undergraduate Admissions leads and supports the University in meeting its enrollment goals. It ensures the delivery of the university's quality, educational programs to Deaf, Hard of Hearing and a limited number of hearing undergraduate (HUG) students, by identifying prospective students, informing them, their families, and professionals working with them about the excellent educational and co-curricular programs at Gallaudet, by guiding these students through the application and admissions processes and supporting their initial enrollment. The Gallaudet University Admissions Office is committed to the recruitment and enrollment of a qualified and diverse group of students for the purpose of providing a quality collegiate education and providing preparation for careers, professions, participation as a global citizen, and for advanced graduate level studies.

The Admissions Office will:

  1. Continue to enhance the Office of Admissions unit to ensure it is adequately staffed and trained and its programs and strategies are well designed, implemented and assessed, and continuously improved through a formal internal review process.
  2. Develop and implement formal recruitment plans which target prospective deaf and hard of hearing high school students in residential schools for the deaf, in mainstream public and private school settings, as well as developing specific recruitment plans for transfer students, international students, minority students, adult learners, and hearing undergraduate students (HUGS).
  3. Actively recruit students from underrepresented minority populations using comprehensive and well planned implementation strategies developed in coordination with faculty experts in multicultural issues and appropriate Gallaudet University advisory groups with expertise in this area. Planning will take place during the spring, 2010 semester and continue through the fall semester of 2010.
  4. Enhance the frequency, automatic nature of, and quality of communication with prospective students and their families.
  5. Incorporate existing resources at Gallaudet University into the comprehensive recruitment plan (alumni, current students, faculty, staff, and community leaders within and outside of the deaf community) and utilize the skill and talent available from these groups to further enhance the recruitment programs.
  6. Develop and utilize upgraded electronic (database programs; electronically generated mass and individualized e-mails; videophone, etc.) and alternative methods of recruiting and communicating with students, families, and professionals working with prospective students as part of the implementation phase of the recruitment plans.
  7. Target transfer students and develop recruitment strategies which include the development of strong relationships with community colleges and other colleges and universities which have been historical "feeder schools" for Gallaudet University, or which are potential feeder schools.
  8. Work collaboratively with other campus units to start the recruitment process when students are very young via early specialized student and family programs and through on and off campus university sponsored athletic, cultural, bilingual, and educational events.
  9. Work closely with the Financial Aid and Registrar's Office as well as with the Academic Advising Office to provide uniformly smooth, coordinated, and efficient services to prospective and incoming students as it relates to Transfer and Advanced Placement (AP) credits, removing financial barriers, and providing sufficient support to enable the largest possible number of qualified students to benefit from the educationally outstanding programs offered at Gallaudet University.
  10. Provide effective Open House programs and coordinate campus visits for prospective students and their families.
  11. Attain established first year/freshmen, transfer, and minority student enrollment.
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