JumpStart: ASL, is a four-week program held each summer prior to the start of the Fall semester. The JumpStart program is designed as an immersion program for deaf and hard-of-hearing emerging signers. It provides incoming students with interactive activities 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 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 Dates

JumpStart Program will be offered in person.

Summer 2022

Arrival Day: Sunday, July 17, 2022
JumpStart Program: July 18 - August 12, 2022


Gallaudet University will require all Gallaudet students and employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to be admitted to campus.

Currently, there are not any requirements to show proof of vaccination.

For more information regarding the Gallaudet COVID-19 protocols, please visit the Return to Campus website.