For over 150 years, we have stood firm to our mission, which is to empower deaf and hard of hearing students. Gallaudet is our space where the vitality of the Deaf experience and vibrancy of sign language thrive. By acting together for the greater good of our students and our community, we create a better world.
Have a quick glance at Gallaudet’s influence on culture; see what highlights our distinction and our perseverance towards our mission.
Gallaudet has continued to evolve since 1864, when President Abraham Lincoln signed the legislation authorizing the establishment of a college for deaf and hard of hearing students in Washington, D.C.
See our progress since the early 1800s.
Gallaudet is powerfully showing the value of deaf people across the spectrum of identities. Here, being deaf is not something to overcome, but a process of understanding oneself, building connections within and beyond the signing and deaf community. By extension, our campus is a place where deaf individuals will find affirmative and positive acceptance of who they are and all they have to offer the world.
President Lincoln signed off on an act that allowed for the establishment of a school of the Deaf, which remains the world’s only liberal arts university for deaf and hard of hearing students.
As a result of research by William Stokoe, a longtime professor of English at Gallaudet, and the support of two Deaf colleagues, the study of ASL linguistics was established.
The Deaf President Now (DPN) movement, in 1988, has been synonymous with continuous efforts to improve the lives of Deaf and Hard of Hearing people everywhere. It led to the appointment of the university’s first deaf president and instilled a sense of pride and accomplishment in deaf and hard of hearing people around the world
Several new bills were signed after the DPN movement, which includes the Telecommunications Accessibility Enhancement Act, the Television Decoder Circuitry Act, and the historical Americans with Disabilities Act, granting accessibility and protections for people with disabilities unlike ever before.
Gallaudet has more than 50 Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral degree programs. No matter where you are in your higher education journey, we will help you find your best fit and accomplish your dreams.
These host institutions share Gallaudet’s undergraduate and graduate programs and Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center’s resources and expertise through training programs, workshops, conferences, youth programs, technical assistance and consultation.
Our Regional Centers
East: Northern Essex Community College, Haverhill, MA
Midwest: John A. Logan College, Carterville, IL
West: Ohlone College, Fremont, CA
South: Austin Community College, Austin, TX
Gallaudet University is proud to have formed partnerships, Memorandum Of Understandings (MOUs) with 28 universities. Including:
Research conducted by the students, faculty and staff at Gallaudet University is supported by a total of $4.7 million that is secured every year through grants, fundraising, and donors like you.