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Gallaudet University: Narrative Description


800 Florida Ave., NE
Washington, DC 20002-3625
Tel: (202)651-5000
Free: 800-995-0550
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Independent, university, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees (undergraduate programs are open primarily to the hearing-impaired). Founded 1864. Setting: 99-acre urban campus. Endowment: $144.3 million. Research spending 2003-04: $5.1 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $25,623 per student. Total enrollment: 1,834. Faculty: 230 (all full-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 7:1. 423 applied, 75% were admitted. Full-time: 1,098 students, 53% women, 47% men. Part-time: 109 students, 51% women, 49% men. Students come from 49 states and territories, 28 other countries, 96% from out-of-district, 4% Native American, 7% Hispanic, 12% black, 5% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 11% international, 31% 25 or older, 70% live on campus, 6% transferred in. Retention: 65% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: education; psychology; protective services/public administration. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Oberlin College, McDaniel College, members of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: essay, high school transcript, 2 recommendations, audiogram, SAT or ACT. Required for some: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. Comprehensive fee: $19,675 includes full-time tuition ($9630), mandatory fees ($1625), and college room and board ($8420). College room only: $4720. Room and board charges vary according to board plan. Part-time tuition: $481.50 per credit.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 30 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 39% of eligible men and 34% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Student Body Government, Delta Epsilon, Rainbow Society, Black Deaf Student Union. Major annual events: homecoming, RIT/Gallaudet Weekend. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 1,220 college housing spaces available; 797 were occupied in 2003-04. Option: coed housing available. Merrill Learning Center with 242,543 books, 651,909 microform titles, 1,667 serials, 7,174 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $2.3 million. 240 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

See American University.

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