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New and Emerging Signers

Are you new to ASL or Deaf culture?

Gallaudet welcomes you!

Gallaudet’s bilingual advantage is all about expanding, not limiting, opportunities. We have an amazingly rich and diverse student population. One-third of Gallaudet students have experienced mainstream education; another third are learning ASL. 

Everyone is welcome at Gallaudet. Everyone belongs. You belong.

Gallaudet meets you where you are on your bilingual journey and supports you all the way!

JumpStart ASL Program is a free, four-week (and ongoing) immersion program for incoming deaf and hard of hearing undergraduates who are new to ASL and Deaf culture.

You will be equipped with the specific tools and targeted support you need to have a rich and amazing bilingual experience across academics, campus life, and more– all before the start of your first semester. The program typically enrolls 40 to 60 students.

By the end of JumpStart: ASL, you will be equipped with the tools to continue learning ASL on your own. To further enhance your experience as you pick up the language, we provide accessibility services within the classroom, such as voice interpreters and real-time captioning.

There’s so much to do at Gallaudet University.

A full college experience includes much more than classes. There’s always something happening on campus—international and national speakers and performers, movie nights, multicultural celebrations, and group activities planned in the residence halls.

There’s always something fun to do at Gallaudet. Meet peers with the same interests as you, boost your networking skills, and make lifelong friends.

With a bilingual American Sign Language and English environment, you will have access to everything and everyone at Gallaudet—including our extensive national and international connections for research, internships and careers.

What Moves You? There’s always a way to get involved in athletics and recreation at Gallaudet University. Whether you are a student-athlete or a fitness fanatic, you’ll thrive in our bilingual environment on and off the field, around our state-of-the-art gyms, fitness rooms, locker rooms, and pool.

The essential need to create, innovate, and compete is the heartbeat of a liberal arts education. Our university is rich in history and inspiration and supports movers and shakers, such as playwrights, dancers, artists, actors, entrepreneurs, debaters, and others including you, to bring the future of the arts to Gallaudet and beyond.

Get the full college experience.

Deciding where to go to college can be one of the most impactful decisions of your life. Making the right choice can be the difference between thriving in an accessible environment or settling for your education.  Here you get the opportunities to become connected, feel included, and inspired on day one—making acclimation and social connection easier.

Get a full range of academic and student services, including:

Learn ASL before coming to Gallaudet

Youth Programs Camp — Immerse into ASL

A great opportunity for deaf and hard of hearing students entering Grades 10-12 to expand their American Sign Language (ASL) skills and learn more about Deaf culture and history. This camp is designed for new signers who are at the beginner or intermediate level. Two different course levels will be offered, ensuring that each camper receives instruction appropriate to their skill level. 

In addition to experiencing Deaf culture and history, campers will have the opportunity to explore the Nation’s Capital, attend social events, and enjoy the best of DC in the summer. 

ASL Connect
Online Learning

Bringing Gallaudet to you! Learn basic ASL for free via introductory videos and interactive lessons. Explore one-of-a-kind Deaf Studies online courses, created by leading Deaf Studies scholars.

Admissions Requirements

Hearing Undergraduate