Monday, July 26 - Friday, August 20, 2021*

* Information about move-in dates is forthcoming.

At Gallaudet University, the primary languages used on campus are American Sign Language (ASL) and written English. To support the bilingual mission of the university, all students are expected to develop proficiency in both ASL and written English. However, not all students are fluent with ASL. JumpStart-ASL is an opportunity for deaf and hard-of-hearing undergraduates who are new to the Deaf community and Deaf culture to learn and develop their ASL skills in a community of peers with similar backgrounds.

JumpStart: ASL, is a four-week program held each summer prior to the start of the Fall semester.  Designed as an immersion program for deaf and hard-of-hearing emerging signers.  It provides incoming students with courses in Deaf Culture,  American Sign Language (ASL), and Visual and Gestural Communication.  The goal rather than expecting students to be fluent by the end of the program is to provide a foundation of ASL language understanding to help students develop their confidence as new signers.  This ensures that they will be able to communicate with peers, staff, and faculty as the Fall semester begins.

The JumpStart Program is from July 26 to August 20, 2021.

Gallaudet University will require all Gallaudet students and employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to be admitted to campus. For more information regarding the vaccination requirement, please visit the Return to Campus website.

JumpStart program arrival date

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Receive last vaccine dose on or before

Sunday, July 11, 2021

Fully vaccinated students will be scheduled to move in on Sunday, July 25, 2021. Your move in appointmentis pending confirmation from the Office of Residence and Housing.