Gallaudet University Undergraduate Application Essays

The following items are required.

  1. Complete the online application.
  2. Submit non-refundable US$50 application fee online.
  3. High school transcript (Secondary school transcript and/or upper secondary school transcript) or university transcript(s) for transfer applicants only. Transfer students must send official transcript(s) along with a copy of the college catalog(s). Your transcripts will be reviewed, and you will be notified if any tests are necessary. If you do not submit your transcript, you will be required to submit SAT or ACT test scores. NOTE: Transcript(s) must be translated by a certified translator.
  4. One written essay
  5. One recommendation letter from an academic teacher
  6. Standardized Test Results - choose one of the following tests:
    • American College Test (ACT): Gallaudet University's Institutional Code is 0662. Website:
    • SAT; Gallaudet University's Institutional Code is 5240. Website: or
    • For students who do not live near an ACT or SAT testing center: Ask your school administrator to verify that there are no testing centers nearby and that you will need to take the Stanford test. The school administrator can email the letter to the International Admissions Counselor at for the test authorization and order form.
  7. Audiogram (must be completed by a physician or licensed audiologist)
  8. Photocopy of current passport, showing the cover page and the identification pages.
  9. Provide evidence of financial support with financial support documents. If you are a U.S. permanent resident ("green card" holder), you do not need to fill out the Certificate of Finances and Sponsor's Affidavit forms. Instead, make a photocopy of both sides of your permanent resident card and send it or fax to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at (202) 651-5744, c/o International Admissions Counselor.

Please keep copies of your application form, documents, and essays for your records.

All Hearing Undergraduate Student applicants must have American Sign Language skills at the time of application. A working knowledge of Deaf culture is strongly recommended.

The application process has two phases, described below.

Application Process: Phase 1

  • Submit your application online, along with the $50 application fee.
  • Submit one written essay and one video essay in American Sign Language.
  • Send one letter of recommendation, from an academic teacher.
  • Request that your high school or/and college transcript(s) be sent to Gallaudet University. We accept both paper and electronic transcripts. If you have your transcript(s) sent electronically, they should be sent to
  • If you have completed 30 college credit hours or a combination of 12 hours of college English and mathematics credit with a grade of C or higher in each course, you will be notified by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions if you are waived from submitting ACT/SAT scores.
  • After your admissions file is complete, it will be reviewed. You will be notified within two weeks if you are eligible to proceed to Phase 2.

Application Process: 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.


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