Apply as a First-Time Freshman

You will be considered a first-time freshman if you have never enrolled at a college/university prior to applying. Please note that if you have taken college courses during high school via dual enrollment, you will still be considered a first-time freshman. The application requirements for this type are:

  • Submit the online application.
  • $50 application fee (waived if you submit by December 1st).
  • An essay (the question can be found in the online application).
  • A letter of recommendation from an academic teacher.
  • Request that your high school transcript(s) be sent to Gallaudet University. If you took college courses during high school, please send in your college transcript(s) for transfer credit evaluation. 
  • ACT or SAT scores.
  • Audiogram.
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) after October 1 if applicable. 

Merit Scholarship

All newly deaf and hard of hearing admitted students are automatically considered for our  merit scholarships at the time of acceptance.

For optimal consideration for Honors scholarships, please submit your application and all requirements before the priority deadline of February 15. Applications received or completed after the priority deadline will be considered for admission, although scholarship funds may not be available. Learn more about the Honors Program here.

Applying for Financial Aid

The financial aid process is a separate process from applying for admission.

Complete the FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1. The priority filing date is June 1. Once we have your FAFSA on file, we will send you a Financial Aid award letter that provides detailed information about your eligible financial aid and your estimated remaining cost. You must complete the financial aid process even if you are also completing the Vocational Rehabilitation funding process. To see if you are eligible for VR, contact your state VR agency as early as your freshman year of high school.