University Standard Admissions Procedures

To prepare for admissions into the University, applicants should undergo high school/secondary school preparation.  Such preparation usually includes four years of English and three to four years of mathematics, three years of science, two years of history/social studies and foreign language (including American Sign Language). All applicants are required to have completed high school/secondary school and possess official high school diplomas or the recognized equivalents (i.e., GED or home school accredited program) prior to enrollment in the University.

Applicants should also prepare for the American College Test (ACT) in their sophomore, junior, and senior years.  Although the University accepts Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scores, students are encouraged to take the ACT English, the ACT Reading, the ACT Science, and the ACT Math. Students are strongly encouraged to take the ACT Writing.  The University will use ACT Writing scores to place students in English and General Studies classes.  When deaf and hard-of-hearing students apply to take the ACT, it is recommended that they ask for unlimited time on the ACT Writing test.

Student classifications help applicants identify what status they would like to hold within the University and what documents they would need to submit. Deferred Action Childhood Arrival (DACA) and/or undocumented applicants are welcome and encouraged to apply. Under the Education of the Deaf Act, both DACA and undocumented applicants are classified under international status. General application requirements include the following:

  • completed application
  • $50 application fee
  • copies of transcript(s)
  • two letters of recommendation
  • two essays
  • test scores
  • audiogram
  • copy of front and back of a government issued photo ID

In certain student classifications, supplemental documents may be needed or waived.  The Office of Admissions reserves the right to request additional documentation from any applicant.  Applicants should review application materials described in this section, then visit the Student Classification section to begin the application process.

Applications will be kept for two years from the initial date of application before being destroyed.  Within those two years, applicants may reactivate their original files by paying the $50 reactivation fee and submitting updated application materials (i.e., current transcripts) to the Undergraduate Admissions Office.  For international and permanent resident applicants, files will be held for five years and can be reactivated during that period before being destroyed.  International applicants must pay the $50 reactivation fee and also submit updated application materials, as applicable.

Admitted applicants who decide to defer their enrollment or withdraw their admissions will not be required to pay $50 re-application fee. 

For more information on admissions procedures or to apply online, please visit https://www.gallaudet.edu/undergraduate-admissions. Applicants are required to submit their application online through Application Central.