Apply as a HUG!

Gallaudet University admission is open to a select group of hearing undergraduate students who know American Sign Language and would like to study alongside deaf and hard of hearing individuals. No other university in the world offers a full immersion in a bilingual ASL and English environment, along with internship and research opportunities that span the globe.

You may apply to the general Hearing Undergraduate (HUG) program and enter any major

The application requirements for the HUG program are:

Phase 1:

  • Submit the online application.
  • $50 application fee. The fee will be waived if you submit your application by December 1st.
  • An written essay and one video essay in American Sign Language. The questions can be found in the online application.
  • A letter of recommendation from an academic teacher.
  • Request that your high school and college transcripts (if applicable) to be sent to Gallaudet University. We accept both paper and electronic transcripts. If you have your transcript sent electronically, it should be sent to
  • ACT or SAT scores.

Phase 2: 

  • The HUG/BAI admissions counselor will contact you to arrange an admissions interview and language screening.
  • At the time of your interview, you will be given information about the American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (ASLPI).
  • You will be notified of our admissions decision within four to six weeks.


If you are a transfer student, please visit the Transfer Credits website for more information about transferring your credits to Gallaudet, course equivalencies, and more. If you wish to contact our Transfer Specialist, please email


The financial aid process is a separate process from applying for admission. Complete the FAFSA as soon as possible when it is made available on 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.