We welcome you to apply to Gallaudet University as a special, visiting, exchange or online special student.
Visiting, exchange and non-degree special students are not eligible for financial assistance from Gallaudet University. If you are earning your degree from another college or university, you should discuss your plans with the financial aid office at your home school before attending Gallaudet.
Special students taking more than 12 credits are welcome to live on campus.
Contact your Gallaudet admissions counselor if you have questions.
- To apply for admission, use our online application:
- Pay the $50 application fee
- One written essay; if you are a hearing applicant, you must submit a video essay in American Sign Language
- One letter of recommendation, from an academic teacher.
- Obtain a verification letter from Gallaudet University
- Complete an interview
Deaf, hard of hearing and hearing students currently enrolled at an accredited college, university or community college may take courses at Gallaudet and transfer all credits earned back to their home institutions. Visiting students must be a sophomore, junior or senior at their home institutions and must have a current GPA of at least 2.5 or higher. Visiting students are invited to attend Gallaudet for up to two semesters.
Visiting students often attend Gallaudet in order to enhance their current understanding of and involvement within the deaf community. Because instruction in the classroom and communication on campus are conducted in American Sign Language, visiting students are required to have a working knowledge of ASL.
Deaf, hard of hearing and hearing students currently attending Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio, or McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland, may attend Gallaudet through the Exchange Student Program. Exchange students must be a junior or senior with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Exchange students may attend Gallaudet for one semester. Exchange students are also required to have a working knowledge of ASL.
Non-Degree Special Student
Deaf, hard of hearing and hearing students who are not currently enrolled at another university and do not wish to work toward a degree may apply as non-degree special students. Application for undergraduate non-degree special status must be made each semester. Non-degree special students are not limited in the number of semesters they may attend Gallaudet.
All classroom instruction is conducted in ASL. Therefore, non-degree special students are required to have a working knowledge of ASL. If special students later wish to apply for admission to the undergraduate program, they must satisfy the requirements for undergraduate admission.
Online Special Student
Deaf, hard of hearing and hearing adult learners who wish to take college courses online may apply as a non-degree online learner. Most online courses follow an accelerated eight-week format and are worth three semester credits. Such courses are generally offered six times a year. Application and a $50 fee for undergraduate online student status must be made each semester.
If a non-degree online learner wishes to apply for admission to undergraduate degree programs or the online degree completion program, he or she must satisfy admissions requirements and pay a $50 fee. If a non-degree online learner intends to transfer Gallaudet credit to another institution of higher education, the learner is responsible for knowing and adhering to the policies of the other institution.
International Visiting Student
The International Special Student Program (ISSP) at Gallaudet University is a study program designed for people from outside the United States who are interested in studying at Gallaudet University for up to one year.
Non-Matriculated (Non-Degree Seeking) Students
This status is reserved for students who are not seeking a degree or certificate at the time of admission, are not interested in receiving financial aid, and who wish to waive placement testing and academic advisement which would normally determine the suitability of their courses for degree fulfillment or transfer credit.
Because of these conditions, enrolling for classes under this status is streamlined. Non-matriculated students do not follow the admission requirements of Matriculated students. The Non-Matriculated student status is designed to allow any interested individual to attend college credit courses without declaring a major or seeking a degree.
Students who register under this status for a given semester may not matriculate until the following semester. When a student wishes to become a matriculated student, they must follow the admission requirements for new matriculated students.
This status is most suited to students who wish to enroll in courses for the following reasons: personal enrichment, learning/upgrading job skills, fulfilling degree requirements for another institution.
For further information regarding registration for Non-Matriculated students, please contact the Registrar's Office.