Information for VR Counselors

Greetings! This page is especially for vocational rehabilitation counselors. The information below can be shared with your clients and their families, your colleagues, and your supervisors and other decision-makers. We will update this page periodically. If you need further information, feel free to contact us at

Gallaudet is a comprehensive educational institution, with a robust General Studies curriculum and challenging majors, including new programs in risk management and insurance, and public health. Our students obtain a liberal education infused with digital literacy. They can design self-directed majors and participate in our Honors Program. We are especially proud of our science, technology, and mathematics programs and their new classrooms and laboratories.

Enrollment trends: We welcomed 346 first-time freshmen and transfer students in August 2017, and 26 more students in January 2018, for a total of 372 new students during 2017-2018. Gallaudet’s total enrollment last fall, for undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education programs, was 1,761.

Our academic support services are second to none. We offer tutoring, ASL and writing assistance, accommodations for students with additional disabilities, and counseling and psychological services. Best of all, Gallaudet University is the only university in the world that provide direct communication in American Sign Language which means information presented to students will not be lost as it might be through interpreters.

Accommodations: Nowadays, the majority of deaf and hard of hearing students attend mainstreamed schools, and more and more of them have cochlear implants. Gallaudet recognizes this and welcomes them by providing qualified interpreters, computer-assisted real-time captioning (CART), American Sign Language classes, and notetaking services at no charge. We offer accepted students a four-week JumpStart ASL immersion summer program from July 22 to August 22, 2018. The retention rate for ASL JumpStart students is very high, as these students find out very quickly that Gallaudet is the place to be. For more information, go to

Career preparation: Our students can study in more than 45 major fields, or design their own major. All students take a required course in job preparation skills: identifying knowledge, skills, and aptitudes; searching for suitable positions, preparing cover letters and resumes interviewing, attire, etc. This preparation pays off: More than 94 percent of our students complete one or more internships during their years here. Beginning in Fall 2018, all programs will require at least one internship. Ninety-seven percent of our alumni are employed or pursuing advanced studies within one year after graduation. Our Career Center offers internship and job fairs twice annually, with representatives from businesses, educational programs, and local, state, and government entities. Click on this link to download our Careers brochure.

Internship and job opportunities: Our location in Washington, D.C. makes possible unparalleled internship and job opportunities, and offers our students the unique experience of living in a world capital. We also have over 400 on-campus jobs, including paraprofessional position with increasing responsibility.

Gallaudet is eminently affordable! U.S. News & World Report has ranked us the #1 Best Value among Regional Universities-North for the last four years. Although Gallaudet is affordable, students and their families are still required to submit the FAFSA so they can be considered for financial aid. Keep in mind that high school students in dual or concurrent enrollment programs with local community colleges or four-year universities can transfer their credits to Gallaudet, thereby getting a head start on their post-secondary education.

A significant percentage of our students receive VR support. Many of these students are the first generation of their family to attend college, and many others have limited family financial resources.

Challenges: We understand that VR agencies nationwide face multiple challenges, among them funding cuts, the need to prioritize clients with multiple disabilities, and the new WIOA mandate. We want you to know that we have prepared several justification statements that may support your efforts, geared to our summer camp programs. For more information about our summer camps, please see

We also have a more general document that provides justification for sending clients to Gallaudet instead of other colleges and universities. This document is available upon request; contact Dr. Beth Benedict, our executive director, at

Undergraduate Open Houses: As always, Open Houses are an excellent way to support prospects to make career decisions and receiving a Bachelor Degree at Gallaudet is the pathway to achieve their Individual Plan for Employment. At our Open Houses, prospective students have the opportunity to meet with academic representatives and with our Office of Financial Aid. Open House attendees can take the ACT with extended time the day before every Open House. Students who wish to register for the Open House and/or ACT should visit Direct questions to

Our publications and a Prezi presentation are available online at Students may fill out our online inquiry form at

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions staff includes admissions counselors for each of four geographic regions. To find your admissions counselor, see Even better, if your prospect is ready to apply, go to

Our Office of Financial Aid also stands ready to help! See for more information.

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