Student Life

Gallaudet offers a truly unique student experience – unlike anywhere else in the world. 

 

While health and safety come first and we shift to remote learning for Fall 2020, Gallaudet continues to provide students – no matter where they are — an unparalleled experience.

Up to 100 Students in Need to Reside On Campus

Gallaudet will give on-campus residence priority to DeafBlind and other students who have no or unsafe housing options, and who need campus-based support for their virtual learning. 

Innovating and Ready for Remote Bilingual Learning

Gallaudet is rooted in the richness and vibrancy of American Sign Language and the many cultures, traditions and experiences of deaf people across the vast spectrum of identities. Whether students are remote or on campus, none of this changes for Fall 2020.

 

Gallaudet has provided customized training to all faculty and students for unique learning opportunities, creating an enhanced remote instruction model uniquely designed that provides sign-language vibrant learning experiences for students.  This training also includes designing remote learning experiences that multicultural and trauma-informed and that optimize student connection. Students can engage in similar training. The university has downsized virtual class sizes to optimize class performance and shifted class times to accommodate students in different time zones.

Vibrant Virtual Campus​

Gallaudet students will have virtual access to numerous student clubs, organizations, activities, job opportunities and a vast Gallaudet community network.

 

  • active student clubs and organizations online to find other students with common interests and passions, including Gallaudet’s first-ever debate team which will compete intramurally and intercollegiately. 
  • 400+ virtual campus job opportunities
  • more than 1,600 deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing undergraduate and graduate students to connect with
  • more than 25 postgraduate programs available at the certificate, master’s, specialist, and doctoral levels to further students’ education
  • networking opportunities with faculty members who have rich expertise in their disciplines 
  • opportunities to participate in multiple research centers generating new knowledge about the deaf and hard of hearing populations

Meet the Student Ambassadors!

Gallaudet plans to have a small group of student ambassadors support both the University’s health and safety response to the global pandemic and its ongoing, multi-faceted anti-racism commitment. These peer ambassadors will first work virtually; once health and safety conditions permit, they will continue their work on campus. They will serve a key role in creating a healthy, safe, and equitable Gallaudet campus environment and in preparing additional students to return to campus when it is safe to do so.

Connected Gallaudet – Free iPads Pro and Other Technology Support

Through a partnership with Apple, to create digital solutions for innovative teaching and learning, Connected Gallaudet will provide every enrolled student with a free iPad Pro, Apple Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil.

 

Students may also request loaner laptops, wifi routers and webcams through Gallaudet Technology Services.

Financial Support

Gallaudet University is reducing its tuition by 15 percent for this 2020-2021 Fall semester for all full-time and part-time U.S. and international students. The university offers a comprehensive financial aid package to ensure our education is affordable for every student.

 

For students accepted to reside on campus, room and board costs will be proportionally charged only for the time they are on campus during 2020-2021. Gallaudet’s Financial Aid staff is committed to working with you and your family, regardless of your financial situation. For students and families financially impacted by COVID-19, additional financial aid may be provided. For additional information please contact our Financial Aid office at financial.aid@gallaudet.edu.

Athletics

Fall athletics and on-campus intramural sports have been cancelled.  Should health and safety conditions permit, consideration will be given to resuming winter and spring sports.

Support Services

Gallaudet academic and career advisors, counselors, student success coaches, and peer mentors remain committed to student success and well-being:

  • Academic and career advisors work with students to plan course load according to students’ schedule and career goals
  • Peer coaches and peer mentors are available to offer success strategies success
  • Gallaudet’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) have trained experts ready to provide students with mental health resources

Frequently Asked Questions

Last Update | August 19, 2020

They can still work remotely until the end of the summer session, which is August 24, 2020.

Last Update | August 19, 2020

We can’t commit to a specific timeframe for welcoming international students back to campus.  While everyone seeks to return to face-to-face campus life and interaction, the health and safety of the community must always take precedence. International students also need to monitor the policies of their home countries as well as the United States.  ISSS will monitor, counsel, and refer to other resources as warranted. Contact International Student and Scholar Services via ISSS@gallaudet.edu.

Last Update | August 19, 2020

Yes.  The Federal government recently reversed an earlier decision, and current international students in the U.S. can continue to take online classes in the fall if necessary due to the coronavirus pandemic.  The status of international students will not change due to our remote start to the semester.  Please refer all questions to International Student and Scholar Services via ISSS@gallaudet.edu.

Last Update | August 19, 2020

Yes.  All fall athletics and on-campus intramural sports have been cancelled. Should health and safety conditions permit, consideration will be given to resuming winter and spring sports.

Last Update | August 19, 2020

All activities at the beginning of the semester will be hosted virtually.

Last Update | August 19, 2020

While everyone seeks to return to face-to-face campus life and interaction, the health and safety of the community must always take precedence We will only return all students to campus when it is safe to do so and will be contingent both on the continuing improvement of the public health situation in the city and meeting the guidelines established by the District of Columbia.

Last Update | August 19, 2020

No large events will be held on campus this fall, including Homecoming.  Any gatherings of students will be limited to 10 people or fewer.

Last Update | August 19, 2020

Limited food service will be provided only to students residing on campus. Food will be available for take-out only; there will be no in-service dining during Fall 2020. Food service locations and staff will adhere to health and safety protocols for food preparation and provision. Meals will be delivered daily to any student or staff member in isolation or quarantine.

Last Update | August 19, 2020

Yes, DPS staff received training specifically on COVID-19 and how to appropriately respond.

Last Update | August 19, 2020

We all are responsible for helping to protect the safety and health of our community.  Peer accountability is the desired approach to ensure we all do our part to protect the Gallaudet community.  Any violations of our health and safety mandates will first be addressed by our student health ambassadors, Residence Life or Public Health and Safety staff.

Last Update | August 19, 2020

Public bathrooms will either be closed or cleaned in accordance with CDC guidelines. Floor lounges and lobbies will be reconfigured to allow small groups of students, usually five but if space allows up to 10 individuals, to socialize while adhering to physical distance requirements.  Upon students’ initial arrival on campus, shared spaces will be closed during the required 14-day self-isolation period.

Last Update | August 19, 2020

During Fall 2020, all residence hall suites will be single occupancy and all students will have a private bathroom. The number of students per floor will be limited to maintain physical distancing. Rooms used for isolation or quarantine purposes will be located in a different residence hall from where other students are residing. All residence hall staff also will reside in single-occupancy suites or apartments. There will be no shared bathrooms during the fall semester.

Last Update | August 19, 2020

Students are encouraged to remain on campus.  In addition to regular daily self-monitoring and temperature checks, any student traveling off campus outside of the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area should notify the Residence Life office before leaving. Those students will be required to quarantine for 14 days upon returning to campus.

Last Update | August 19, 2020

A limited number of residence halls will be open for the few students housed on-campus.  During Fall 2020, all residence hall suites will be single occupancy and all students will have a private bathroom. The number of students per floor will be limited to maintain physical distancing.

Last Update | August 19, 2020

Priority will be given to students who have no or unsafe housing situations and who need campus-based support for learning, prioritizing DeafBlind students

Last Update | August 19, 2020

Student Health or Anti-Racism Ambassadors are being recruited by the Department of Student Affairs.  Interested students can email residence.life@gallaudet.edu.

Last Update | August 19, 2020

Yes.  The university is planning to have up to 100 students reside on campus this fall.

Priority will be given to students who have no or unsafe housing situations and who need campus-based support for learning, prioritizing DeafBlind students. We anticipate this initial group to be 50-60 students and we are planning for their arrival prior to the start of the semester, which begins Aug. 31. Also, as health and safety conditions permit, the university plans to invite students to apply to be part of a small cohort who will serve as peer health ambassadors and/or anti-racism ambassadors. These students will have a key role in creating a healthy, safe and equitable campus environment and preparing additional students to return to campus when it is safe to do so in 2021. Students who return to campus during the Fall 2020 semester will also be learning remotely.