Frequently Asked Questions

Academics 

1. When do I choose my major?
Gallaudet academic advisors and Career Center staff will work closely with you from your first semester to help you coordinate an academic plan with your career goals. You may choose a major as early as when you enter as a student at Gallaudet. We encourage all students to choose a major by the spring of their sophomore year. You may also double major or create your own major.

2. What if I don’t know what I want to study?
Our General Studies core courses will introduce you to many different fields and prepare you with the critical thinking and problem-solving skills you need for any profession or graduate study. Gallaudet academic and career advisors will also work with you to help you explore career options.

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3. Will I be able to do well in classes at Gallaudet if I am a new signer?
Our classes are small, and our professors use a variety of teaching techniques and technology to engage students. We provide extensive support to deaf and hard of hearing students who are new to American Sign Language. Most students say that learning ASL helps them communicate much better and understand more of what is taught in class.

We offer a summer immersion program for students before their first semester, as well as interpreting and other communication access services in the classroom.

4. What services are available to help me find an internship or a job or apply to graduate school?
The Career Center and each academic department offer extensive internship opportunities. The Career Center holds job fairs on campus and works throughout the United States and internationally to develop connections with employers. We offer pre-lawpre-medicine and pre-MBA programs, as well as assistance with graduate school admissions through each academic department.

5. Does Gallaudet offer study abroad?
Yes, with support for deaf and hard of hearing students.

6. Where can I find tutoring help?
We offer a Math Center and English Center as well as tutoring and study assistance. Contact Tutorial and Instructional Programs for information.

7. When do I choose my classes?
Course selection and registration begins in June for the fall semester.

Campus Life

1. How many students are at Gallaudet?
Gallaudet is a global community, home to more than 1,000 undergraduate and 500 graduate students from across the United States and throughout the world. Half of our undergraduates identify themselves as part of a traditionally underrepresented group in higher education. We welcome and celebrate all types of diversity.

2. What types of activities can I participate in on campus?
Everything! As a bilingual university, we work to ensure that student organizations, athletic teams, performance opportunities, campus events, academic opportunities and student services are accessible with direct, visual communication. Gallaudet brings together deaf, hard of hearing and hearing students, faculty and staff to create one of the most vibrant campus communities in the world.

3. Do many students live on campus? What are the residence halls like?
All first-year students and many upperclass students live on campus. View our different residence halls here.

4. What does the campus look like?
It’s beautiful! Take our Virtual Tour or come visit in person.

5. What is Washington, D.C., like?
The capital of the United States offers unparalleled cultural, educational and career opportunities and an exciting social scene—and Gallaudet is right in the heart of it. Learn more here.

New Student Orientation (NSO)

1. What should I bring to Gallaudet?
You need to bring specific things. Please refer to the Residence Life page.

2. Where do I go when I arrive for NSO?
Please see information in the left-hand links on the NSO page

3. I am new to the university. How do I find my way around campus?
You will have Bison Leaders (BL) who will help you during your first week at Gallaudet University’s NSO Program. Bison Leaders will make sure that Gallaudet will be your home away from home.

4. Do I need placement testing?
Yes. We strongly encourage you to take the placement tests online before arriving at NSO. You will receive an email at your Gallaudet email address with more information. If you are unable to take the tests online and must wait until you arrive on campus, placement test rooms are located in JSAC classrooms. You will be given a room number during NSO Business Registration Day at the Academic Advising Booth. Your advisor will have the information to see if you have completed all of your placement testing.

5. How do I find out who my roommate is?
To find out about roommate and dorm assignments, please contact residence.life@gallaudet.edu. 

Safety and Transportation

1. Is there a safe alternative to walking alone on campus during late nights or early mornings?
The Department of Public Safety has an escort service, and will send an officer to escort you to where you need to go on campus. The officers do not step off campus.

2. I don't have a car; how do I get around?
There are many different ways of getting around the Washington, D.C., area. Gallaudet University provides shuttle bus services to the nearest Metro stations, and there is a public bus stop at the front of Gallaudet University. From campus, you can use Capital Bikeshare, ZipCar (if you are at least 21 years old) and easily walk to trendy H Street and the Atlas District areas.