Gallaudet University is a school for the higher education for the deaf and hearing impaired, located in Washington D.C., or the District of Columbia. It is the first University of its kind, and is still the only institution in the country where all programs and services are specifically tailored to the deaf and hearing impaired students. Students who can hear can attend the graduate programs, and each year a few hearing undergraduate students are admitted as well. Gallaudet is a bi-lingual school, with American Sign Language and English as the two languages. Hearing students must have a certain level of proficiency in American Sign Language in order to become matriculated into the University degree program classrooms. The school was founded by Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet, who put tremendous effort into advancing the education for the deaf in the United States in his lifetime.
Undergraduate students at Gallaudet have many degree options, and they can design their own major. When they choose this option, students take an assortment of classes from several different departments at the University, combined with courses offered at any other member of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area. The graduate school offers Master’s Degrees, Doctorate programs, specialist degrees and certificates. Gallaudet University also extends their programs to deaf or hearing impaired students in elementary schools up through the highschool level. The Model Secondary School for the Deaf, and the Kendall Demonstration Elementary School participate in these programs.
Two online degrees are available through distance learning technologies, The Adult Degree Completion Program, and the Adult Liberal Studies Degree. The latter will be offered for the first time in the Fall semester of 2011. Other online courses are available, and are these course offering vary from semester to semester. Students can choose from over forty majors, including, but not limited to, Religion, Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist, Human Development and Family Studies, Special Education, History, Psychology, Computer Science, Multicultural Education, Audiovisual Communications Technologies, Early Childhood Education and Teaching, Mental Health Counseling, Graphic Design, Developmental and Child Psychology, and Visual and Performing Arts.
United States residents pay an estimated $10,850 for the undergraduate academic year, and graduate students pay $11,930 per annum. International Students pay $21,700 for undergraduate school, and $23,860 for graduate school. Room and board is an approximate $9,860 for all students. There is no tuition costs for attendees of the Kendall Demonstration Elementary School or the Model Secondary School for the Deaf. Students from developing nations throughout the world may apply for tuition reduction assistance which is estimated based on a percentage determined by the school and is need based. Undergraduates can apply for the Federal Pell Grants and Federal Parent Loans, and all students can apply for the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, the Federal Academic Competitiveness Grant, the Federal National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (SMART), Federal Work Study, the Federal Perkins Student Loan Program, Federal Stafford Loans, and Federal Graduate PLUS Loans.