A world-class institute of changemakers in the deaf and signing community.
Since 1864, we have been investing in and creating resources for deaf and hard of hearing children, their families, and the professionals who work with them.
Over 50 degree programs, with online and continuing education for personal and professional development.
Innovating solutions to break down barriers, and using science to prove what does and doesn’t work.
We make it easy for you to apply and enter here.
Ready to take the next step toward a college education?
Make lasting memories and grow in ways you never thought possible.
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The National Literary Competition is a writing and ASL competition open to ALL deaf and hard of hearing students in the 2nd through 12th grades from all schools/programs. To participate, students must create original written or ASL submissions in accordance with that year’s theme(s). The purpose of the competition is to give deaf and hard of hearing students the opportunity to showcase their abilities, as well as instill pride and ownership in their work.
We will be announcing the themes for the 2021-2022 National Literary Competition in the Fall of 2021. Don’t forget to check back here for that update!
Gallaudet University is a federally chartered private and premier university for the deaf and hard of hearing since 1864.
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