Fast Facts 2016


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      Gallaudet University, the world's only university with programs and services specifically designed to accommodate deaf and hard of hearing students, was established in 1864 by an Act of Congress, and its charter was signed by President Abraham Lincoln.

          Board of Trustees:

          The Gallaudet University Board of Trustees, whose members serve on a volunteer basis, has the authority to make University-wide policy including financial and academic policies. The board is also responsible for assuring the proper management of the University and actively participating in the provision of necessary funds. Gallaudet’s trustees have an active role in supporting advancement activities by working with the University administration to set fundraising targets, approve campaign priorities, and contribute to fundraising activities through identification of prospects, monetary or in-kind donations, and service.

          Gallaudet University trustees:

          Acting Chair—Duane Halliburton, '85
          Secretary—Claire Bugen
          Member-at-Large—Dr. Tom Humphries, '68 & G-'72
          Member-at-Large—Lawrence R. Kinney
          Seth Bravin, '96
          Jameson Crane, Jr.
          Dr. Jorge L. Díaz-Herrera
          Dr. Charlene Dwyer
          Dr. Harvey Goodstein, '65
          Claudia L. Gordon, Esq.
          Jeffrey L. Humber, Jr.


          Nancy Kelly-Jones, '72 & G-'75
          Dr. Richard Ladner
          James R. Macfadden, '62
          Wilma Newhoudt-Druchen, '92, G-'05, & H-'09
          James F.X. Payne
          Tiffany Williams, '89

          Voting trustees public members:

          The Honorable Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio)
          The Honorable G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.)
          The Honorable Kevin Yoder (R-Kan.)


              Deaf and hard of hearing undergraduate students can choose from more than 40 majors leading to a bachelor of arts or
a bachelor of science degree. The University also admits a small number of hearing, degree-seeking undergraduate students-6% limit for FY 2014, 7% limit for FY 2015, and 8% limit for FY 2016. Undergraduate students also have the option of designing their own majors, called "self-directed majors," in which they select classes from a variety of departments at Gallaudet or take courses offered at 12 other institutions of higher learning that are members of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area.

              Graduate programs, open to deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing students, include master of arts and master of science degrees, specialist degrees, certificates, and doctoral degrees in a variety of fields involving professional service provisions to deaf and hard of hearing people.

              Gallaudet University offers exemplary educational programs to deaf and hard of hearing students at all learning levels. The Kendall Demonstration Elementary School (KDES) serves infants and their parents and continues service through the eighth grade. The Model Secondary School for the Deaf (MSSD) offers programs for students in grades nine through 12. Both of these schools are part of the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center, which has a federal mandate for a national mission to develop and disseminate innovative curriculum, materials, and teaching strategies to schools and programs nationwide.

                  University Mission Statement:

                  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 maintains a proud tradition of research and scholarly activity and prepares its graduates for career opportunities in a highly competitive, technological, and rapidly changing world.

                      The Vision of Gallaudet is to:

                      • Provide the highest quality liberal and professional education through undergraduate and graduate programs for deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing students.
                      • Offer a welcoming, supportive, and accessible bilingual educational environment for teaching and learning through direct communication.
                      • Embrace diversity within the University community by respecting and appreciating choices of communication while guiding students through their process of linguistic and cultural self-actualization.
                      • Pursue excellence in research, pedagogy, scholarship, and creative activity.
                      • Lead the advancement of intellectual, social, linguistic, and economic vitality in deaf people through educational, outreach, regional, international, and leadership development programs.
                      • Preserve deaf history and use visual media to promote the recognition that deaf people and their signed languages are vast resources with significant contributions to the cognitive, creative, and cultural dimensions of human diversity.
                      • Position our community to reach its full human potential and assume its role as a progressive global entity committed to civic responsibility and social justice.

                          Enrollment (as of fall 2015):

                          Undergraduate and Graduate enrollments:

                          Undergraduate (degree/non-degree, full- and part-time) 1,011
                          Graduate (degree/non-degree, full- and part-time)   466
                          English Language Institute 73
                          Consortium 5
                          Professional Studies 115
                          University Subtotal 1,670

                          Clerc Center

                          Kendall Demonstration Elementary School 106
                          Model Secondary School for the Deaf  166
                          Clerc Center Subtotal 272
                          TOTAL Fall Academic Year 2015-16 Enrollment 1,942

                          International students comprise eight percent of the degree-seeking student body. The University's undergraduate program also admits a small number of hearing students.


                              Gallaudet University has more than 21,000 alumni around the world. The Gallaudet University Alumni Association, organized in 1889, has 53 chapters.

                              According to a survey conducted by the University, 96 percent of the Gallaudet undergraduate student respondents who graduated between December 2012 and August 2013 are either employed or furthering their education. Ninety-nine percent of the survey respondents who graduated with graduate degrees during the same time frame are employed or furthering their education.

                              During the same period, 76 percent of the MSSD graduates were in advanced education or training programs within one year following graduation.


                                  The University and the Clerc Center have 888 employees, 457 of whom are deaf or hard of hearing. A total of 225 employees are faculty members or teachers.

                                      Annual University Tuition and Room and Board (Academic Year 2015-2016):

                                      Tuition and room and board are charged as follows. Additional charges are applied for student activities and health-related fees. For a full explanation of the details of all charges, refer to the Gallaudet University website.

                                      Undergraduate Graduate
                                      U.S. student tuition $ 15,078 $ 16,596
                                      International student tuition (non-developing countries) $ 30,156 $ 33,192
                                      International student tuition (developing countries) $ 22,617 $ 24,894
                                      Room and Board $ 12,630 $ 12,630

                                      No tuition is charged for students at KDES or MSSD.

                                      Note: These numbers may have been updated since Fast Facts was published. The Finance Office maintains the most up to date fee schedule.


                                          Total revenues and other support for FY 2015 were $180,349,605.


                                              As of the end of FY 2015, the University's endowment was approximately $173 million.


                                                  Gallaudet welcomes tax-deductible contributions from individuals, businesses, foundations, and organizations in support of University initiatives and priorities, including scholarships, program enhancements and development, and renovation projects. For more information about philanthropic support for Gallaudet, including opportunities to make a gift in memory or in honor of a loved one, please visit


                                                      Gallaudet University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Many of the University’s professional preparation programs are also accredited by their respective nationally recognized, specialized professional association organizations. MSSD and KDES are dually accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the Conference of Educational Administrators for Schools and Programs for the Deaf.

                                                          Community Impact:

                                                          Gallaudet is one of the area's largest businesses, with direct salaries, wages, and benefits totaling more than $109.7 million in FY 2015. The University spent another $61.6 million on goods and services and $23.3 million on capital improvements.


                                                              Gallaudet is a leader in the use of technology in its academic programs and services. Approximately 94 percent of courses at Gallaudet have an online component and virtually all students take at least one course using an online learning system. Such technology integration is double the average of universities nationwide. Many courses make extensive use of video, including video recordings of classes. Students are encouraged to bring a computer to campus, and popular software is available at a discounted price.

                                                              For students interested in technology careers, majors in graphic arts, digital media, and information technology are available. Students have access to two central computer labs, as well as more than 15 departmental computer labs. Most classrooms are outfitted with computers, projectors, DVD/VCRs, and other technologies. All buildings on campus have wireless network access.


                                                                  Gallaudet is committed to serving the world as the epicenter of research, development, and outreach leading to advancements in knowledge and practice for deaf and hard of hearing people and all humanity. Faculty, often alongside students, pursue a full range of research interests related to their academic disciplines. Through collaboration and grant writing, research at Gallaudet takes place in academic departments, as well as Gallaudet's four dedicated research units:

                                                                  • The National Science Foundation's Science of Learning Center on Visual Language and Visual Learning advances learning involving how aspects of higher cognition are realized through vision.
                                                                  • The Brain and Language Laboratory for Neuroimaging conducts neuroimaging and behavioral studies that provide knowledge about biological mechanisms and environmental factors that make possible the human capacity to learn and convey language and achieve reading mastery.
                                                                  • The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Technology for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is a national project funded by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research in the Administration of Community Living. The objective of the project is to conduct research programs that promote technological solutions to problems confronting people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
                                                                  • The Technology Access Program conducts research related to communication technologies and services, with the goal of producing knowledge useful to industry, government, and deaf and hard of hearing consumers in the quest for equality in communications.

                                                                  In addition, the Research Support component of the Office of Research Support and International Affairs supports researchers of all levels by providing grant proposal editorial assistance for students and early-career researchers, particularly those for whom English is not their native language; statistical counseling for students, faculty, and staff;  and promoting the University's research through the Research at Gallaudet newsletter and annual Research Expo. ​Research Support also oversees the Priority Research and Small Grants programs, maintains the Annual Survey of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children and Youth, conducts research on language planning, and reports to U.S. federal government agencies on the University's contributions to research and scholarship.

                                                                  The Office of Sponsored Programs provides services and support to Gallaudet faculty and staff seeking outside funding for projects of benefit to the Gallaudet community.

                                                                  The University's Institutional Review Board comprises 18 members representing various components of the campus and community who review research involving human subjects to assure the protection of their rights and welfare. An online database, "Research and Scholarly Achievement at Gallaudet University,", provides full access to a wide range of research projects and scholarly and creative achievements, including publications, presentations, exhibits, and performances by the University community.

                                                                      Public Service:

                                                                      Last year, Gallaudet served tens of thousands of individuals through conferences, leadership institutes, professional studies and extension courses, sign language classes, American Sign Language (ASL)/English bilingual education, enrichment and youth programs, international programs, and its regional centers:

                                                                      Southeast-Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C.
                                                                      Midwest-John A. Logan College, Illinois
                                                                      Northeast-Northern Essex Community College, Massachusetts
                                                                      Pacific-Kapi'olani Community College, Hawaii
                                                                      Southwest-Austin Community College, Riverside Campus, Texas
                                                                      West-Ohlone College, California

                                                                      In fulfilling its national mission role via training and technical assistance, information dissemination, and exhibits and performances, the Clerc Center served tens of thousands of individuals and disseminated over 36,000 products and publications this year. 

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