Steps for Admission into the BAI Program

  1. You must apply for admission to the BAI program by completing the online Gallaudet University Undergraduate Application form and all other university admissions requirements.

  2. The BAI program requires that you have a 2.75 or higher cumulative grade point average in your high school or previous college courses.

  3. After submitting your application, you will get instructions with a Language Performance Screening DVD from the Interpretation Department. You must schedule an in-person or videophone ASL and English language interview with the BAI Admissions Committee. Email to schedule the interview.

  4. Applicants are also required to schedule an American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (ASLPI), a video-recorded evaluation that will determine your overall ASL proficiency. The BAI program requires an ASLPI score of 3.0 or higher. The ASLPI can be taken at Gallaudet or via videophone from an approved location. The ASLPI evaluation system is housed in ASL Diagnostic and Evaluation Services (ASL-DES) at Gallaudet University. See the ASL-DES website for information on fees and other details. To schedule an ASLPI, send an email to

  5. Once admitted, you will not be able to change your BAI major if you are a hearing student unless you reapply to the Hearing Undergraduate (HUG) program. Deaf students admitted to the BAI program may change their major without reapplying to the university, as there is no mandated "cap" for deaf students at Gallaudet.