In 1856, Amos Kendall, a postmaster general during two presidential administrations, donated two acres of his estate in northeast Washington, D.C. to establish a school and housing for 12 deaf and six blind students. The following year, Kendall persuaded Congress to incorporate the new school, which was called the Columbia Institution for the Instruction of the Deaf and Dumb and Blind.


The purpose of RSIA's Research Support division is to enhance Gallaudet's intellectual climate through enriching scholarly opportunities on Gallaudet's campus and beyond. Research Support's efforts pertain to Gallaudet's Research Priorities.


The mission of the Gallaudet University Career Center is to assist students in reaching their career goals by integrating liberal education with experience in the marketplace-students are educated and empowered to practice lifelong career management skills, make effective career decisions, and achieve professional success. As part of this mission, the Career Center also works to bridge cultural understanding between the mainstream workforce and the deaf community.


Student services

  • Academic Advising Office
  • Division of Student Affairs and Academic Support
  • Student Financial Services
  • Financial Aid Office 
  • Dining Services
  • Office of Residence Life and Housing

Housing services

We also handle Visitor Housing for visitors who come to Gallaudet to stay in our residence halls.

Library services

Gallaudet University Library's mission is to serve students, faculty, staff, and other researchers from around the world by providing access to research materials and the information literacy skills students will need throughout their lives. 

ICT services

Gallaudet Technology Services (GTS) provides essential resources, end-user training and support for academic and administrative uses of technology at Gallaudet University and the Clerc Center. 

Medical services

Health insurance for regular status employees is offered through the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) program.   FEHB offers a variety of health insurance plans, including fee-for-service, HMO, CDHP, and HDHP.  The cost is shared by the employee and Gallaudet University.

Student Life

Campus life

With more than 1,000 undergraduates and direct communication in at least two languages, you’ll feel welcome and ready to get involved immediately. Play varsity or intramural soccer. Join the Gallaudet Dance Company, ThinkBiz or Sisters of Color. Collaborate on a project with a professor or have lunch together. Hop on the Metro with some friends and explore the nation’s capital.

Sports facilities

The Gallaudet University Workout offers classes throughout the year to promote better health for the employees and students!  

Student clubs

The Campus Activities office, a unit of Student Affairs and Academic Support, oversees a variety of student organizations including student government, student media, fraternities and sororities, and other organizations for students with similar interests or backgrounds. 


Gallaudet University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is a regional accrediting agency that accredits degree-granting colleges and universities in the Middle States region and is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. 

Washington, D. C., Washington, D.C., United States